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What does your urban future include?

As a research and research creation centre embedded within the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the Institute for Urban Futures our overarching goal is to make space for critical and creative inquiry and learning about and with the contemporary urban condition. Our work is to amplify, initiate, and cultivate research and research creation projects that directly connect students, faculty, and researchers alike with a diversity of urban actors, urban histories, current urban developments, debates, and community, social, art and design practices regarding the future of cities. Between 2018 and 2020 we have been developing research projects with an ethos towards social justice and speculative modes of expression within the areas of Performative UrbanismSmArt Technologies & Inclusive CitiesSocial Practice & Community EngagementDesign, Sustainability & the Built Environment, and Urban Research Methodologies.

What does your urban future include? What do we need to be able to imagine, through our research and research creation projects, possible urban futures that are radically inclusive, just, resilient and sustainable?

Territorial acknowledgement

I/We would like to begin by acknowledging that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

J’aimerais / Nous aimerions commencer par reconnaître que l'Université Concordia est située en territoire autochtone, lequel n’a jamais été cédé. Je reconnais/Nous reconnaissons la nation Kanien'kehá: ka comme gardienne des terres et des eaux sur lesquelles nous nous réunissons aujourd'hui. Tiohtiá: ke / Montréal est historiquement connu comme un lieu de rassemblement pour de nombreuses Premières Nations, et aujourd'hui, une population autochtone diversifiée, ainsi que d'autres peuples, y résident. C’est dans le respect des liens avec le passé, le présent et l'avenir que nous reconnaissons les relations continues entre les Peuples Autochtones et autres personnes de la communauté montréalaise.

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