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Socioecological transition and community infrastructure

What types of spatial planning measures can be implemented in neighbourhoods to address heat islands while keeping in mind the specific needs of the residents?

The aspects of our built environment that contribute to heat islands could be reclassified to meet the local population’s needs (combating food deserts, lack of meeting places, etc.) while reducing the rise in temperatures (intersectionality of heat islands and other urban issues). 


Power to the plants

An interactive podcast

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

We created an interactive experience around a specific zone of Montreal that teaches its users the history, use, benefits as well as the care required for plants that are native to North America and more specifically Canada. Planters are located throughout the city with QR codes that can be scanned. The code will take you to the podcast episode that corresponds to the planter in front of you. All you need to do is hit ‘play’ and listen to all the information we have to offer!

Experience all five senses, while focusing on sustainable practices, food security and plant literacy. Our episodes also include transcripts and physical descriptions. 


Students (fall 2020)

  • Lauren Michaud
  • Adji Seck
  • Jacqueline Trudel
  • Dakota Kitchen
  • Samar Boudinar

The Schoolyard Ecosphere Project

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

In Montreal, there are far too many schoolyards that resemble parking lots. Like an oak tree in a forest, problems do not exist in isolation but in ecosystems of interconnected components. This concept - though a little bit wild - addresses the issue of heat zones as well as a handful of related urban needs including food security, environmental education, & community development.

  1. Garden: this area acts as a container and an access point
  2. Education: this project is situated on a learning site and strives to leverage the power of environmental education
  3. Community: this space is a contact zone for people of all backgrounds to come and cultivate community


Students (fall 2020)

  • Pauline Bellec
  • Juliette Carman
  • Julie Lehmann
  • Monica Thom
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