La Pépinière -Montreal-

City Montreal
Project La Pépinière
  Catchment Area Neighborhood, City
Policy Silo Urban planning projects, Architecture, Urban Co-Design,
Year of beginning
N° of people involved  

State, Knowledge Institutions (Research), Private Sector, Community-based associations,

Description of the project  

The Pépinière is a non-profit aimed at giving more life to communities and making more participative cities. Its projects can be summarized in three main categories including the Vivace project, comprising a call for project and the deployment of the latter (in which the social distance between the project proactors and the neighbors was observed), and which was backed by the project managers and interns, the Laboratory sites which represent experimentation grounds and eventually the limited partnership with the municipality which is proactive towards federating communities. The methodology is based on three main principles i.e. gathering (people and partners), materialising and concretizing the project (acting and applying on the field) as opposed to usual emphasis on the “construction aspect of planning” and keeping the project alive and durable (mainly through collective programmation). All the projects are envisioned on the long-term and focuse on giving tools for the community to get more autonomous. The projects are mainly implemented in Montreal, but also in Quebec where there are 2 projects, as well as in Toronto. Other small cities in rural areas have contacted la Pépinière less cosmopolitan. As an example, for the project “Rue de Dijon”, they fostered the creation of the “comité d’amis” through which they federated a nucleus of community around the project.

The Pépinière does not have one particular entry point neither “one size fits all solution”, it focuses on adapting its methodology to each community and progressing towards more community-based cities. Howver the reappropriation of public spaces is enabled through food events, local culture promotion events, community gardens (reducing heat).

 

 

 

Field Urban
Source https://www.pepiniere.co/
Website https://www.pepiniere.co/

Lande -Montreal-

Image source: https://landemtl.com/portfolio/larpent-vert-demarche-citoyenne/

City Montreal
Project Lande
  Catchment Area City
Policy Silo Land mapping
Year of beginning 2015
N° of people involved

Description of the project

Lande collaborates with community organizations and individual entrepreneurs based on the shared responsibility principle. Lande members work along with multiple non-profit organization for the greening (Sentier urbain), but also also with Solon Collectif, La Pépinière, or the Centre d’économie urbaine. Local organisation “eco quartiers” provide for compost bins. The public sector is represented by the arrondissement and the city of Montreal.

 

The initiative developed into a business with people From its first year of existence in 2015, the purpose of Lande is to support citizens in the appropriation of vacant land in a three steps process “mapping, supporting, transforming”. The first tool provided is indeed a map online on which they can localize the land. When Lande sees a growing interest for one specific land, a billboard is installed on the vacant land to affirm the intention of appripriation. They put in relation designer and gardeners and others local structures/organisations with people to help them in accomplishing their idea and wishes. The role of Lande members, mainly volunteers, is to facilitate the process, delegating the tasks, providing tools, advising on the negociation process and adapting their support to each citizen/community/organisation specific request. Empowering is Lande’s key mission. Among the main roadblock faced are: the contact with private owners when the land is private is usually difficult as it appears necessary to gain his/her confidence (hence the preference for public land). They use many entry points to mobilise people, community gardens, community spaces more generally.

 

Field Urban
Source https://landemtl.com/portfolio/larpent-vert-demarche-citoyenne/
Website https://landemtl.com/portfolio/larpent-vert-demarche-citoyenne/