An exciting partnership between Concordia University, Le Monde, NewCities and Le Devoir


October 24 – November 29, 2019

Next-generation cities are inclusive, connected, collaborative, eco, mobile, and encourage engagement. How are Concordians reimagining and reinventing the ways in which we dwell in and develop metropolitan areas to ensure that our urban communities are empowered, resilient, flourishing and just?

From designing environmentally-responsive and efficient cities to prioritizing the conservation of biodiversity and minimizing energy consumption, researchers at Concordia are striving to make our cities sustainable. During the NextGenCities programming, visitors engaged with our display zones featuring the latest research from Carmela Cucuzzella, Mohamed Ouf, Elizabeth Fast, Jing Hu, Shauna Janssen, Cynthia HammondUrsula Eicker, Chunyan Lai, Rebecca Tittler, Carly Ziter, Alice Jarry, Silvano De La Llata, Zachary Patterson, and Jochen Jaeger.


Conserving Biodiversity
Carly Ziter (Department of Biology, Rebecca Tittler (Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability), and Emma Despland (Biology) exhibited lab materials, specimens, and fieldwork tools to show the range of hands-on processes and experiences central to their research. Their research explores conserving urban green space and biodiversity.
Concordia's Living Lab
Created by Carmella Cucuzella (Integrated Design, Ecology And Sustainability for the Built Environment) and Mohammed Ouf (Intelligent Buildings and Cities Lab), this zone was an energy-aware, responsive, and innovative exploration of sustainable living spaces.
To Sprawl or Not To Sprawl: A discussion of urban development in Montréal
Speakers from the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre came together to discuss the future of urban development in Montréal.
Mind. Heart. Mouth.
For the duration of the NextGenCities programming, visitors could stop by 4TH SPACE to plant a seedling for the Loyola Tree Planting Initiative; a project led by Andrea Taylor of Mind.Heart.Mouth.
Concordia's Concrete Toboggan Team
The Concrete Toboggan team is composed of more than 30 undergraduate students in Civil, Building, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as Fine Arts. With this toboggan, Concordia’s team won Top Speed and Second-Best Performing Toboggan in the 2019 competition.
Climate Stories: An Inuk Perspective, with Jason Sikoak
As a part of Land as Our Teacher's gallery exhibition, Jason Sikoak presented Climate Stories: An Inuk Perspective, a presentation on Inuit relations with climate change, followed by a workshop.
Mini-Cinema Zone
For the duration of the NextGenCities programming, 4TH SPACE presented interviews with the CERC team, research from CityStudio, and Promenades Parlante, a performance project by Dr Cynthia Hammond and Shauna Janssen, in the Mini-Cinema Zone.
The City Mule
The City Mule is an eco-friendly alternative for transport. It is a prototype for an electrical cargo trailer to be used by bicycles, developed under the supervision of Dr. Chunyan Lai by students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Alice Jarry's Dust Agitators
Using the residual dust from the glass production process, Jarry's work reflected on material production and it's socio-economic impact.


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