Lande -Montreal-

Lande -Montreal-

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Country Canada
City Montreal
Name Lande
Date 2015

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.

Urban Co-Governance Strong
Enabling State Strong
Pooling Strong
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice Moderate
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Plus Pool

Plus Pool

Plus Pool



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Country United State
City New York City
Name Plus Pool
Date 2000
Description of the project ‘Reclaimed water’ via proprietary technology to allow for social reclaiming as a space for human activity at large scale. Plus Pool, was first proposed in 2010, it’s a floating pool with the ‘World’s First’ filtration mechanism to remove bacteria and contaminants through the concentric layers of filtration materials that make up the walls of the pool itself – leaving 9,000 square feet of clean, safe and swimmable river water in the pool.

“Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, + POOL is designed to clean up to half a million gallons of water every single day. The layered filtration system incrementally removes bacteria and contaminants to ensure nothing but clean, swimmable water that meets both city and state standards. No chemicals, no additives, just natural river water.”

Location to be determined – will be in East River close to downtown Brooklyn.  Final site selection is set to be announced later this year, and completion is set for 2019.+Pool (members

+Pool (members of Family New York and PlayLab), external partners helping with design (ARUP, IDEO, Columbia University etc.); little involvement from City though to scale it up; working to get permits etc. but ‘getting permission’ rather than partnerships.

Environmental reclamation: reclaiming dirty water and reclaiming underutilized space (similar to ‘opportunistic proximity)

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Weak
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice Weak
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