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Exposition internationale de jardin en Chine (Chongqing)

In partnership with Quebec’s Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieurand UNESCO, CUPEUM launched a competition to create a permanent Quebec garden for the 8th edition of the China International Garden Expo in Chongqing (China) under the theme "Better Garden, Better City".

The competition was open to young Quebec landscape architects who had already taken part in WAT_UNESCO, CUPEUM’s international cooperation projects held in different cities of the world since 2003. Promoters of this initiative wanted to provide an international platform for future landscape architects already attuned to the issues of cooperation focused on sustainable development and intercultural dialogue. This competition was a great opportunity for the young professionals to demonstrate their skills and promote their vision of contemporary garden art.

Landscape artist Sébastien Breton won this contest (see complementary documents to view all proposals). His design proposal was inspired by the landscape realities of Quebec and China. His project entitled "Portage" clearly evoked the combination of two territorial identities. Further to displaying symbolic elements of the host culture and of Quebec by water and vegetation, the garden featured an allegorical structure of the portage. For the jury, the poetic along with the playful and environmental aspects of the garden demonstrate the commitment of Quebec’s new talent to the renewal of a garden art mindful of the environment.

The designer was present at the inauguration of the 8thedition of the China International Garden Expo in Chongqing, 19 November 2011. The garden exhibition focused on creating harmonious and respectful living environments based on the principles of sustainable development. It covered an area 2.2 km2, of which about a quarter is composed of water in a hilly and wooded environment. The garden of Quebec was one of 30 international gardens showcased. The exhibition lasted until April 2012.

"Portage", Quebec’s garden at the China International Garden Expo in Chongqing results from a partnership between Quebec’s Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieurand the Quebec Office in Shanghai, Chongqing Foreign Affairs Office (FAO), UNESCO (Management of social Transformations - MOST- Planning and Migration sector - Division of Social Sciences, Research and Policy) and the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at the University of Montreal.

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