Located at the University of Montreal, CUPEUM finds a rallying point conducive to its development. It shares a privileged relationship with the University’s School of Urbanism and Landscape Architecture and Faculty of Environmental Design, which collaborate in the educational activities of its international cooperation network. Most importantly, it benefits from the expertise developed over many years by CPEUM in the field of landscape and land-use planning. This relationship allowed CUPEUM to internationalize its research on the future of cities and their amenities.
Entitled Urbanization and landscape, this field of research is based on:
- A scientific reflection sustained over 15 years on urban landscapes in Canada, in partnership with the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal;
- A history of 10 years of international cooperation in urban development in cities around the world through WAT_UNESCO, international workshops on urban design.
The result of applied research and field activities in various parts of the world, this knowledge spurred a real synergy in teaching and research. CUPEUM’s scientific activities directly contribute to the recognition, intervention and monitoring of urban landscapes. This field of research focuses on:
- Positioning landscape in an urban environment as a producer of quality of life and sustainable development in its environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions;
- Report on attributes that contribute to the identity and specificity of urban landscapes to ensure their preservation, enhancement and development;
- Develop demonstrative and exemplary avenues of intervention (and ideas) as well as consultation and communication mechanisms to help build a unique and original public expertise in urban management and planning of specific areas.
To deploy this knowledge, CUPEUM focuses on a strong scientific cooperation between academic institutions in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and social and natural sciences. As debates on urban landscapes and associated issues (environment, quality of life, etc.) globalize, this collaboration is essential to understand urban dynamics, help cities develop and support local communities. It is also becoming a new scientific culture in which combined expertise is a powerful engine of progress and knowledge validation.
The convergence of knowledge through interculturality and transdisciplinarity is one of the important foundations of CUPEUM’s scientific development.