Sustainability Seminars, McGill University School of Architecture, 2014-5


Seminar One, Fall 2014
ONE SQ.KM. BEIJING & MONTREAL COMPARISON
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Each student chose a criteria of sustainable development and explored its meaning in the context of real sites in real cities. The criteria we chose were: density, street network, land-use mix, streetscape, walkability, development pattern and the economy, and community. These form the seven chapters of our book. The cities we chose were Beijing and Montreal. To systematize the comparison, all sites were the same size - about one square km. This size was considered large enough to represent the criteria we examined, and small enough to survey in reasonable depth in the three-month time period of the seminar. From China's experience we can learn much about higher density city-building and about city structure that provides semi-private space designated for family and community life.


Seminar Two, Winter 2015
ONE SQ. KM. CIVIC CENTRES
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Our research focused on social infrastructure; an important intersection of the physical city and the social city. The underlying question was, "Can we consciously build both the outer city and the inner city; a place where individuals and communities are much more involved, pro-active, and responsible for their development?". We examined historical examples of Civic Centers in various cultures and eras, and tried to apply our understandings to the planning of a Montreal urban district.