In fall 2012, 36 graduate students in landscape architecture participated in a workshop of the School of Landscape Architecture from the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal under the theme “Pointe-du-Moulin, Possible Futures”.
Pointe-du-Moulin, a territory in search of requalification
In 1994, Silo No.5 located on Pointe-du-Moulin in the Old Port of Montreal closed, marking the end of an era for this iconic site of the city of Montreal. Although grain transfer remains possible on other port sites, the structure built between 1903 and 1906, then renovated an enlarged in 1914, 1924 and 1959, is still seeking a purpose and especially, public re-appropriation. Since the industrial structure and connected areas are abandoned, questions about their future use remains.
Since 2010, Silo No.5 and other federal lands on Pointe-du-Moulin were transferred to the Canada Lands Company (CLC). The goal was to develop a planning process to redevelop the lands and facilities. This comprehensive programme is part of a broader reflection carried by the Société du Havre de Montréal, which aims to upgrade the entire waterfront area between the Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges. This design workshop (APA 4300 - Process and design - 2012) aims to contribute to the debate on the future of this site
- Global purpose: to develop and refine skills in implementing landscape projects (urban design) integrating issues of preservation, enhancement and development of urban land while taking into account social, cultural, economic, political, spatial and environmental considerations.
- Specific purpose: the exploration of possible uses for Pointe-du-Moulin and its broader context, the Montreal harbour, will be used to foster reflection leading to sector planning. First through analysis and design exercises aimed towards the production of urban design and landscape architecture projects, and through a critical reflection on the projects. As the designs will yield a summary outlining guidelines for the site’s future use, this critical reflection will also serve to expand acquired knowledge on the site and its potential development constraints. It will also further emphasize the narrative to support the proposed design.
The workshop is divided into 3 phases:
Phase A: Macro-design (1 October to 5 November 2012)
The pier of Pointe-du-Moulin is located in the Montreal Harbourfront, a territory in transition which includes the Cité du Multimedia, the Griffintown neighbourhood, the Bonaventure Expressway and the Lachine Canal. This first phase aims to:
- Identify, via landscape characterization, the challenges and aspirations for the site and its broader context;
- Develop a strategic development visions by leveraging the landscape features of the Montreal Harbourfront. These visions will illustrate the implementation of a land development programme through a concept design (ref.: dual scale macro design);
- Identify and assess the relevance of site opportunities for specific individual projects, which may be further explored during Phase B of the workshop.
Phase B: Micro Design (8 November to 10 December 2012)
Based on sites that present project opportunities and on guiding principles identified in the macro designs of phase A, the objectives of phase B are to:
- Identify specific development issues for each of the micro site opportunities;
- Reassess the components of the micro sites;
- Produce micro designs that provide a meaningful experience for the development of these sites;
- Highlight links between the micro designs or the principles they intend to enhance.
Phase C: Synthesis, principles and design criteria (13 December 2012 to 7 January 2013)
Through this final phase of the workshop, we take a critical look at phases A and B, and at the workshop to identify principles and design criteria to further the planning process underway. This could, in its wake and as an example, feed or implement a masterplan for Pointe-du-Moulin (ref. SIC).
Proposal 1: Gare No.5 – Pôle intermodal
Chenda Duong, Dany Gingras, Justine Boudreault et Tania Dumouchel
Proposal 2 : Si l'eau..
Valériane Noël, Fanny B. Perras SandrinePerreaultet Marie-Renée Vial-St-Pierre
Proposal 3: La ville et son fleuve
Émilie Guénette, Nancy Bond, Maude Roy et Camelia Sekkat
Proposal 4: Au 14e km de la promenade portuaire
Marianne Boyer-Groulx, Amélie Charron, Gabriela EdadRibeiro-Huanca, Golara Seif et Suzelle Truchon,
Proposal 5: Archétype d’une urbanité adaptable
Mael Camus, Jean-Philippe Di Marco, Camille Felix, Gabriel Lacombe et Nathalie Thao,
Proposal 6: Stratégie riveraine/Ville frugale
Jad Aridi, Maude Boucher, Bruno Jobin, Christine Mc Elhaw et Pierre-Alexandre Perrier
Proposal 7: La promenade du grain
Valérie Blanchard, Sonia Branconnier, Mylène Despins et Pierre Olivier Ouimet
Proposal 8: Fruits & Loop
Michael Bergeron-Gobeil, Patricia Boucher, Laïa Haloui, Isac Bénéwendé Nabole, Félix Parent-Sirard
- Workshop Manager
- Olivier Grenon, Projects manager, Old Port of Montreal Corporation
- Sylvain Paquette, Associate Professor
- Aldo Sylvestre, Real Estate Manager, Canada Lands Corporation
- Julie St-Arnauld, Landscape Architect, Vlan paysages