Education / Research

Concept of Landscape

The landscape carries multiple meanings depending on the disciplinary context, professional expertise or the representations it mobilizes. This seminar provides an essential conceptual clarification to grasp the significance of this theoretical concept closely linked to key issues of land-use planning in Quebec.

Seminar description

This seminar will deepen the concept of landscape, a key concept for land-use planning, from multiple relevant disciplinary perspectives. Whether it is treated as a visual resource, a given territorial form or a vision pertaining to particular enhancements, the landscape’s contemporary conditions require extending this notion to its multiple meanings that echo new social concerns in terms of environment, lifestyle or well-being. Built on the results of research activities led since 1996 at CPEUM and since 2003 at CUPEUM, this seminar is also a structuring research platform. This as it leads to new knowledge through scientific activities of both research organizations at the University of Montreal.

Approach: Diagnosis of the landscape of a specific area and/or of a specific development project in the Greater Montreal area

In this seminar, students are required to work in the Greater Montreal area, an area targeted in the activities of the International Observatory of Urban landscapes: Cities and Towns, of CUPEUM.

The seminar includes two complementary projects leading ultimately to the development of a diagnostic approach of landscape values. The objectives of these projects are:

  • To enable students to deepen the conceptual approaches discussed at the seminar relative to their fields of interest;
  • To explore the operational nature of conceptual thinking in reading an actual territory.

The selected area can be the subject of a formal intervention (e.g. residential development project, designing a public space, landscape requalification, etc.) or initiate a policy, a programme, a plan or other such initiative (e.g. heritage policy, urban planning, etc.).

See below for a selection of projects presented at seminars held during the winter sessions of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Each was presented in 5 boards of A3 format. Note that the content of the projects presented remains the sole responsibility of their authors.