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Civic Commons / Grands Jardins

An experimental pedagogical project in collaboration with the Grands Jardins’ borough

DART 632 Special Topics in the Built Environment: Public Spaces and Analogical Thinking
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella

April 18 - April 19, 2017

It is with great pleasure that la Table de concertation du quartier des Grands Jardins invites you to collectively reflect on the borough’s civic commons.
Civic commons refer to the areas that the community typically uses most (parks, streets, green spaces, community centers, public buildings, alleyways, etc.). 

This event is divided into two parts: an opening cocktail party on Tuesday night (April 18th) to salute the work of three student groups from Concordia University who worked on the civic commons in the Grands Jardins borough and a one-day seminar on Wednesday (April 19th) to discuss the challenges and several possible solutions. 

On April 18 the works of students from DART 632 and DART 335 will be exhibited. These studio courses develop approaches for constructing design hypotheses and questions through the examination of both natural and cultural artifacts to uncover design potential for the built environment. These artifacts, once deconstructed and reconstructed into ‘monster’ objects, become ‘objects for thinking’ and are used to study spatial geometries, compositional properties, rhythmic or serial constructions, structures, behaviors, and flows for sustainable living.

Opening Cocktail Party 

Tuesday April 18th at 5PM
Concordia University, Hall EV, 1515 Sainte-Catherine Street West

The event will be co-host by Cameron Charlebois, Chaiman of the Board of the Table des Grands Jardins and PK Langshaw, Department Chair, Design and Computation Arts of Concordia University.

A round table will be held at 5.15pm on the theme The Role of the University in the City.
   +  Howard Davies, Part-time Faculty, Design and Computation Arts, Co-founder of Atelier Big City

   +  Carmela Cucuzzella, Associate Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology, And Sustainability (IDEAS) for the Built Environment

   +  Silvano De la Llata, Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Animation:  Ron Rayside, Rayside Labossière. 

Pecha kucha presentations on civic commons and student works' will follow.

A cocktail will be served around 6.30pm.

One-Day Seminar 

Wednesday April 19th from 9AM to 4:30PM
St-Jax Church, 1439 Sainte-Catherine Street West  

Come and discuss, share and reflect upon the civic commons of the Grands Jardins’ borough with the borough’s key players and Montreal’s best developers. Together we will find the strategies and solutions to continue improving these community spaces.

A panel will share their experiences and some strategies to transform civic commons into more convivial and attractive space with multiple uses.

A free lunch will be served. 

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