For the past thirty or so years, Montréal has experienced a marked deterioration of its industrial components and infrastructure. Many abandoned buildings and a growing number of empty spaces are testament to this transformation.
Since the beginning of the eighties though important work has been put into motion to renew and redevelop these places; ones that hold a history and that play a key role in terms of urban planning, landscape renewal and economic development.
The Groupe Cardinal Hardy, founded in 1986 by architect-city planner Aurèle Cardinal and architect Michel Hardy, was an important instigator of this revitalization project, especially the five strategic areas of the Old Port, the Lachine Canal's industrial sector, the Outremont railway yards, Old Montréal and the downtown neighbourhoods. The exhibit, entitled "Projet d'une ville - Territoires stratégiques," is a window on the projects that came to fruition and those that remain in proposal status. There are 70 plans and drafts, 80 contemporary and archival photos, two models and one video.
Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal
Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Design and Urban Planning
2940 Côte Sainte-Catherine
Tues.-Thurs. and Sunday from noon to 6 pm
Translation by Jennifer Edwards