Faubourgs Area (South of sector)

Montréal, Québec

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Winning team: ELA
Team members:
Eva Lannoy, Antoine Perveyrie, Lisa Schillinger - Politecnico Di Milano
Advisor: Francesco Pittau - Assistant professor, PhD Politecnico di Milano, ABC Department, Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering

The proposal aims to achieve carbon neutrality for the Sud des Faubourgs neighborhood. The team develops efficient buildings in terms of energy, by using efficient insulators, green roofs, and producing green energies on the site. There is a meticulous choice of building materials, choosing bio-based materials that can be produced close to the site in order to reduce carbon footprint. 

The team wants to energize the neighborhood from a socio-economic point of view by creating pockets of economic activity and social gathering places.  The project consists of a pavilion that provides a warm space during winter, greenhouse structures that offer bars and street food. The intervention also includes the construction of a dome structure with warm indoors and benefits of solar radiation. All the design choices respect the identity of the place and take into account the specific climate of Montreal.

Key components

  • Create a sustainable neighborhood that aims for carbon neutrality through building efficiency, renewable energy, enhancing active and low carbon mobility, short circuits products and improving waste management. 

  • Valorise the built and natural landscape: valorise heritage buildings, restore access to the river, create parks and public green spaces and requalify the waterfront. 

  • Boost local economy and social life by creating economic activities, artists hubs, and cultural spaces. 

More information about the project is here.

Presentation of the site 

The Faubourgs area is located east of downtown Montreal, close to the central business district. Its rich history and complex identity stretch back to the city's industrial boom in the 19th century. The southern part of this area bears the marks of the major urban redevelopment and highway construction that took place between 1950 and 1980, and led to the demolition of large swathes of the old neighbourhoods previously located there.

The City of Montreal now wishes to seize a unique opportunity to redevelop this area, following the closure of the Molson-Coors Brewery -one of Canada's oldest industries- and the relocation of Maison de Radio-Canada, and to correct major disruption left by previous urban development projects. With this in mind, the City of Montreal has undertaken a major planning exercise, with the aim of re-establishing links between this neighbourhood and the river, Old Montreal and the eastern part of downtown.

The object is to make the most of the structure of the historic Faubourgs neighbourhoods, to develop a model project for the eco-friendly transition of these industrial and institutional wastelands. The project will aim to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and inspire an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

Approx. site area
The site covers a total of approximately 20 hectares, including Molson-Coors Brewery (12 ha) and the Radio-Canada ile (7 ha).

Areas undergoing redevelopment, including several large institutional and industrial properties that are vacant or whose occupants are to relocate.

Special mention

Team Les sept merveilles du monde

Charlotte Poirier, Joliann Morissette - Polytechnique Montréal
Nathan Ouellet, Emily Coghlan, Arnaud Vanderland - Université de Montréal

François-Xavier Lagacé-Bureau - Université du Québec à Montréal
Rose Pichette - Université Laval

Pixel Urbanisme

Lyna Mansouri, Étienne Jacob, Agathe Parent Corriveau - Université de Montréal

Maxime Jetté - Université du Québec à Montréal & Geneviève Habre from HEC Montréal

Y’est temps que ça brasse, différemment dans le secteur des faubourgs

Katia Forgues, Adrien Gignac-Eddy, Nuoya Fang, Nico Serreqi, Fiona Sterritt, Claire de Souza, Kiho Hazelton-Cook, Gabriel Masi, Shir Gruber, Sayana Sherif, Kyle Sina Rouhani - Université McGill

Team M’lasse

Chloé Henri, Andrée-Claude Paquette, Amandine Alcidi, Clara Guillemin, Jasmine Melançon, Ève C. Desnoyers, Florian Satger, Mauricio Garzon, Hamadi Ben Hamouda, Francis Laforest, Svetlana Kaioukova, Olivia Raymond - Université de Montréal

Team Primordium
François Desjardins - Université Laval
Anaïs Dessureault Racicot - Université de Montréal
Paula Graciela Raichman, Mélodie Cantin ‐ Université du Québec à Montréal
Lafrance Béatrice Reid - Université McGill

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Jury Composition / Composition du jury

Patrick LeBire, Directeur principal, Développement immobilier, Groupe Sélection
Daniel Arbour, Vice-Présient Grands Projets, Groupe MACH Olivier Légaré Conseiller en aménagement, Direction de l'aménagement urbain et de la mobilité, Arrondissement de Ville-Marie Ville de Montréal
Joël Courchesne, Architecte Division - Transport, Énergie et Bâtiment Bureau de la transition écologique et de la résilience Ville de Montréal
Isabelle Baraud-Serfaty, Enseignante à l'École Urbaine de Sciences Po et consultante en économie urbaine et fondatrice de Ibicity
Cecile Faraud, ‎Clean Construction Programme Manager C40
Charles Ormsby, Associate au bureau Arup de Montreal

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