A workshop led by Jonathan Lapalme and Mallory Wilson of Entremise
This workshop will introduce two of the founding members of Entremise, a non-profit organization working to facilitate temporary use strategies in Montreal. As the Institute’s first “Futurists in Residence,” Entremise has as its mission: Connecting temporarily people without space to spaces without people.
The best way to protect a building is to keep it occupied, even if the use is on a temporary or partial basis. Formerly consigned to the fringes of Western mainstream planning, temporary use is becoming increasingly accepted by designers, architects, heritage specialists and city planners as a tool in planning and conservation. While some temporary uses are planned and formalized, and others are informal and experimental, temporary use is defined much more by intention than by timeframe. In Montreal, temporary community use of underutilized outdoor spaces is gaining momentum, so why isn’t this strategy being put to work for vacant buildings?