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Put the core in Concordia

How can we rethink Concordia public spaces to be inclusive and include active modes of transportation?

Concordia University owns several sites in the heart of downtown Montreal. The project aims to revitalize spaces already accessible to the public, making them more attractive, user-friendly and breathing soul into them, while meeting public health guidelines. The concept should also integrate active modes of transportation. There is a lack of safe bike parking for Concordia’s student population and other campus users. Through a participatory urban planning model, including an ideation process with the local community, ideas and concerns will be collated. Target groups that make up the neighbourhood's social fabric, such as seniors, immigrants, the vulnerable and the homeless, will be consulted, integrated into the process and asked to express their vision for designing vibrant spaces.

Breaking Down Barriers 

This is an ideation project for our vision of Concordia’s Sir George William Campus with regard to the Grey Nuns Garden and its surrounding areas.

By creating a vibrant public space for Concordia students as well as for members of the community, we hope to bring a sense of inclusion, identity and accessibility to our urban campus.

Our project intends to use public space to create identity, generate flow throughout campus and develop a mobility hub to encourage more sustainable modes of transit downtown.


Students (winter 2021)

  • Téa Boissonneault
  • Kassem Kayyal
  • Angelica Tupper
  • Taylor Yeung


  • Ville de Montréal (Service de l’urbanisme et de la mobilité)
  • Wassila Fatma Zohra Djaziri


  • URBS 333 – Urban Laboratory (Geography, Planning and Environment)
  • Silvano De la Llata (Professor)
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