Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada until 2027, a major research partnership on quality in the built environment brings together – for the first time – 14 universities, 70 researchers and 68 public and private organizations at the municipal, provincial and national levels.

The total value of this partnership will be $8.6M ($2.5M from SSHRC, $6.1M from partners including $4.2M in-kind contributions). Such an investment confirms the commitment of all partners and the importance of the collaborative process.

The partnership will stimulate a vital dialog demonstrating how those active in considering and creating the built environment across Canada can contribute to a redefinition of quality that moves us to heightened equity, more social value and greater sustainability at a critical moment for our societies and for our planet.

 

Coordinated, from the University of Montreal, by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (CRC-ACME), the partnership Quality in Canada’s Built Environment: Roadmaps to Equity, Social Value and Sustainability addresses the diversity of public environments impacting the everyday life of millions of Canadians in urban spaces, buildings and landscapes.

 

The program has three aims:

  1. Analyzing the current limitations of environmental norms and sustainability models to bring us closer to the United NationsSustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  2. Co-designing new paths to equity, diversity and inclusion in the built environment.
  3. Defining new frameworks for the definition of quality so as to enhance the social value of the built environment through roadmaps to quality.

 

To achieve these objectives, the partnership brings together methodologically 4 sets of stakeholders concerned with the use, scientific study, planning, design, construction and management of built environments:

  • Citizens (representatives of communities including minorities and underrepresented populations).
  • Cities (national, provincial and municipal actors in the public procurement of built environments).
  • Organizations assessing quality (professional associations, award granting institutions, councils, cities).
  • Universities (interdisciplinary research teams).

 

For the first time and at an unprecedented scale in the design disciplines in Canada, the project gathers 14 universities including all of the schools of architecture as well as most landscape architecture and environmental design departments. It mobilizes 23 disciplines concerned with the impact of built environments on citizens. Sixty-eight partner organizations including national institutions and not-for-profit will join in a conversation pertaining to 4 thematic clusters to address urgent considerations on quality relative to:

  1. Spatial justice and heightened quality of life.
  2. Integrated resilience, material culture and adaptative reuse.
  3. inclusive design for health, wellness, aging and special needs.
  4. processes and policies supporting the reinvention of built environments.

 

This extraordinary collaborative effort will stimulate training, internships and connections between hundreds of students and communities of practice. The partnership will engage in cross-sectoral co-creation of knowledge whose outcomes will take the form of “roadmaps to quality” (guidebooks, analyses of exemplary case studies, resources for design thinking and proposals for public policies, etc.). These will constitute a bilingual Living Atlas on Quality in the Built Environment set on a digital platform created with the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Designed as a public forum on the social, economic and environmental value of quality, the Living Atlas will offer open access to repertories of award-winning projects, case studies, comparative analyses, scientific resources and articles, interpretative didactic podcasts, analogical maps and visualizations.

SSHRC Partnership Grant # 895-2022-1003

 

To see the full list of official co-applicants, collaborators, and partners:

Link to the SSHRC platform: 

https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/results-resultats/recipients-recipiendaires/2021/pg-sp-eng.aspx

 

Steering Committee (2022-2023)

 

Josie C. Auger, PhD, Adjunct professor, Athabasca University

Jean-Pierre Chupin, PhD, Professor, Université de Montréal, SSHRC partnership director

Carmela Cucuzzella, PhD, Professor, Concordia University

Doramy Ehling, CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation

Terrance Galvin, PhD, Professor, Laurentian University

Thierry Montpetit, OAQ OAA, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Lyne Parent, Directrice, Association des architectes en pratique privée du Québec

Brian Robert Sinclair, PhD, Professor, University of Calgary

Federica Goffi, PhD, Professor, Carleton University

Robert M. Wright, MLA, Professor, University of Toronto

 

Dimitri Weibel, MSc Pol. Sc., SSHRC partnership coordinator

The project, entitled Potentials of Architectural Quality: Equity, Sustainability and Cultural Openness, will have Jean-Pierre Chupin (Ph. D.) as team coordinator. The amount of the subvention granted to the LEAP by the FRQSC (support to research teams/university renewal) for this project is $423,420 and will be spread over a 4-year period, thus until 2027!

For 2022-2027, the programming of the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle is based on three research chairs to address a central issue that directly impacts the daily lives of millions of citizens: the quality of built environments.

The program of the Potentials of Architectural Quality: Equity, Sustainability and Cultural Openness project is based on three axes:

  • Axis 1: Equity, spatial justice and improvement of the quality of life (linked to the Canada Research Chair (2) on spatial justice, McGill);
  • Axis 2: Sustainability imperatives and material qualities of built environments (linked to the Research Chair in ecological and integrated design, Concordia);
  • Axis 3: Cultural openness and the process of recognizing architectural quality (linked to the Canada Research Chair (1) in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence, Montreal).

The collective reflection on quality intends to paint a global and coherent portrait of our discipline and its renewal, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to demonstrate how actors in the built environment can contribute to a redefinition of quality at a critical moment in our collective history. The team is composed of researchers from four Montreal universities.

  • Université de Montréal: Jean-Pierre Chupin, Georges Adamczyk, Izabel Amaral, Denis Bilodeau, Anne Cormier, Bechara Helal, Virginie LaSalle
  • Concordia University: Carmela Cucuzzella, Cynthia Hammond
  • McGill University: Ipek Türeli
  • UQÀM: Thomas Bernard Kenniff, Louis Martin

Summary

This book is the first scientific study to focus on awards in architecture and the built environment investigating their exponential growth since the 1980s. The celebration of excellence in architecture and related fields remains a phenomenon on which there is strangely little scientific scrutiny. It is now necessary to take a critical distance to question what awards are meant to embody, symbolize, and perhaps measure. Each of the 10 chapters in this volume is centered on one question related to themes as varied as the comparison of Pritzker and Nobel Prizes, the Prix de Rome, the redefinition of quality through awards, green awards and sustainability, the multiplication of sustainable awards, heritage awards, architecture book awards, the awarding of school architecture, awards as mediations and awards as pedagogical devices. 

Praise

This book offers an in-depth analysis of the widespread practice of acknowledging the quality of architecture works with prizes, awards, and project competitions given to individuals, collective works, and constructions. This timely study considers a contemporary culture of recognition that is largely taken for granted and not yet grasped as a global and rising phenomenon that has seen exponential growth since the 1980s. The contributors thus address the controversies, ambiguities, and shortcomings surrounding this context, including issues of gender biases, cultural diversity, transparency, and how media, politics, and financial prizes impact architectural awards. The authors provide scholarly insights that cannot be found elsewhere, proving a timely contribution to knowledge that will further our understanding of the context in which contemporary architecture practices operate.

Federica Goffi, Ph.D.,
School of Architecture (Carleton University)

This book raises, in quite a healthy and rational fashion, the vexed question of the judgment of quality in the arts, lifting the lid on the very human and sometimes unseemly tendency to favor winners and follow the money, while yet allowing some hope for continuing development of mechanisms that permit valid judgments, promote genuine quality, and encourage current and future practitioners. This is an unusually balanced point of view. This is a useful guide to understanding how things have worked and to acting intelligently to make things fairer.

David Vanderburgh, Ph.D.,
Laboratory of Architecture and the Built Environment (Université catholique de Louvain)

Authors and Editors

Jean-Pierre Chupin, Carmela Cucuzzella, Georges Adamczyk (Eds.)

by Dana Buntrock (University of California, Berkeley), Marco Polo (Ryerson University), Jean-Pierre Chupin (Université de Montréal), Carmela Cucuzzella (Concordia University), Sherif Goubran (The American University in Cairo, Egypt), Aurélien Catros (Université de Montréal), Adélie de Marre (Université de Montréal), Lucie Palombi (Université de Montréal), Alexandra Paré (Université de Montréal), Typhaine Moogin (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Georges Adamczyk (Université de Montréal)

Hello,

The Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence having had the honor of being associated with the preparation and implementation of this historic competition, I am pleased to extend to you this invitation to the public presentations of the 6 internationally renowned teams that will take place online on April 11, 2022.

Jean-Pierre Chupin

http://crc.umontreal.ca

In May 2021, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) launched an architectural design competition to redevelop Block 2, a full city block directly opposite Canada’s parliament buildings, just south of Parliament Hill.

The renewal of Block 2 is a critical piece of PSPC’s Long Term Vision and Plan for the Parliamentary Precinct. The design competition ensures that the final design for this city block brings forward new vitality to a significant part of Confederation Boulevard. The goal is to transform this mix of buildings into an innovative complex that will meet the needs of Parliament and the public now and into the future.

On April 11, the six design team finalists will present their design concepts for Block 2 through a virtual public presentation. We would be grateful if you would share the invitation below about the public presentation with your networks.

Few sites carry the significance of Block 2, a full city block directly opposite Canada’s parliament buildings, just south of Parliament Hill. To the north, it faces the Centre Block and its Peace Tower.

The renewal of Block 2 is a critical piece of PSPC’s Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) for the Parliamentary Precinct. The design competition, launched in spring 2021, ensures that the final design for this city block brings forward new vitality to a significant part of Confederation Boulevard. The goal is to transform this mix of buildings into an innovative complex that will meet the needs of Parliament and the public now and into the future.

Join us to hear the competitors speak to their vision for this prominent space in Canada’s capital. The six finalist design teams will present their design concepts for Block 2.

PRESENTERS:

  • Zeidler Architecture Inc., in association with David Chipperfield Architects
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects, in a joint venture with Bjarke Ingels Group, KWC Architects and ERA Architects
  • Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes Inc.
  • Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects, in a joint venture with Behnisch Architekten
  • WilkinsonEyre, in association with IDEA Inc.
  • NEUF architect(e)s, in a joint venture with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop

JOIN US
April 11, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

This event will be held virtually via Facebook Live  (with audio interpretation). A Facebook account is not required to view the event.

Do you know someone who would like to view this presentation? Please share this invitation.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION:

Following an extensive prequalification process, twelve architectural teams were invited to submit design proposals for Block 2 that would complement the image of Canada and its capital on the international stage. Of these, six finalists were invited to develop their designs which will be presented at this public presentation. The winning team and design will be recommended to the department by an independent jury. This design competition was endorsed by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and has designated professional advisors to oversee the overall competition process.

“It’s not about humans being above the place, or building their buildings to look down upon the place. It’s about the people and place being one and the same.”— John Ralston Saul, RAIC Honorary Advisor, Block 2 Design Competition

Public Conference (in video):

 

Architecture after COVID: A Latourian Perspective
This conference was presented by Albena Yaneva, Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Group [MARG].

Date and time: April 5, 2022 at 5:45 pm.
Held at: Amphitheatre 1120, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal.

Weekly graduate seminar:

 

This seminar was held by Albena Yaneva, Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Group [MARG].

Date and time: April 6, 2022 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm.
Held at: Next Generation Cities Institute, 2155 Rue Guy, 14th floor, Montreal, Quebec.

 

Presenting PhD Students and Candidates: 

Morteza Hazbei, PhD student, INDI Program, Concordia University
Measuring the unmeasurable: A proposal for parameterizing urban and architectural qualities. 

Aristofanis Soulikias, PhD student, INDI Program, Concordia University
A Touch of Place: Feeling and expressing the city through handmade film animation. 

Fatemeh Mehrzad, PhD student, INDI Program, Concordia University
Social media as a means of exchange to influence, collect and enable social values for urban regeneration.

Moh Abdolreza, PhD student, INDI Program, Concordia University
Where is Homeless? When is Homeless? Time-space analysis of OECD definitions of Homelessness. 

Aurélien Catros, PhD candidate in architecture, Université de Montréal
Thinking through models: The phenomenon of projection in architectural design processes. 

Lucie Palombi, Ph.D. candidate in architecture, Université de Montréal
L’architecte en concours, un écrivain ou un écrivant ?

 

In discussion with :

Dr. Jean-Pierre Chupin, Professor, School of Architecture, Université de Montréal
Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence

Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella, Professor, Design and Digital Arts, Concordia University
Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE), Co-Director and Founder, Next Generation Cities Institute (NCGI)

 

Event organized by: 

Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design Ecology and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE).

This conference about post-pandemic architecture will be held by Albena Yaneva, Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Group [MARG].

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised new questions about the interrelationships between architecture, science and society – questions that remained latent in professional practice. Based on a ‘remote ethnography’ experiment and a questionnaire sent to 130 architectural practices worldwide, this conference aims to show the extent of the transformative potential that the crisis has exerted on architects’ practices. This analysis is based on the sociological theory of French philosopher Bruno Latour and provides a redefinition of “agency” and its fluctuations in architectural design in a post-COVID world. The Latourian pragmatic approach allows us to treat human and non-human objects of collective life in a symmetrical way. By re-evaluating the role of techniques, objects and materials in the practices of architects, it allows – by the same token – a new reflection on the social dimension of architecture and the forms of political, social and ethical associations that allow for both urban and planetary living together.

 

The event is organized by the Canada Research Chair in Competitive Architecture and Mediations of Excellence (CRC-ACME) and the inter-university team of the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (LEAP)

 

Practical information: 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 5:45 PM in Amphitheatre 3110 of the Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal

 

If you wish to learn more about Albena Yaneva before attending the conference, feel free to consult her recent and upcoming publications.

Recent books :
The New Architecture of Science: Learning from Graphene. Singapore: World Scientific
Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy, Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

Forthcoming:
Latour for Architects (Thinkers for Architects), London: Routledge.
Architecture after Covid, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

 

Presentation by : Jean-Pierre Chupin, CRC-ACME Full Professor, Coordinator of the Laboratory for the Study of Potential Architecture.
Information: jean-pierre.chupin@umontreal.ca

 

CRC-ACME: www.crc.umontreal.ca
LEAP: www.leap-architecture.org

Reference page for the individualized PhD program in architecture at the Université de Montréal : https://architecture.umontreal.ca/programmes-detudes/phd-individualise-en-architecture/

On Friday, December 3, 2021, Bechara Helal, Professor of Architecture at the Université de Montréal, organized a study day at the UQÀM Design Center. The event was sold out in ‘face-to-face’ format, but it was also possible to attend it via Zoom (a registration was required).

The event’s details are available on this link.

This study day was presented in the context of the exhibition Pier Luigi Nervi master designer-builder which continues until February 6, 2022.

 

THE PROGRAM OF THE DAY :

9:00 a.m.: Welcome

9:30 a.m.: “Building correctly”: Pier Luigi Nervi and the intersecting dynamics of design and research in construction

  • Bechara Helal, Professor, School of Architecture, Université de Montréal

10:30 a.m.: Structures and models: real and virtual explorations and investigations of unconventional building systems

  • Thibaut Lefort, structural engineer and partner, Latéral Inc.

11:30 a.m.: How to move in the field of constructible today in architecture? or The hybridization of knowledge and professions

  • Jean-Marc Weill, architect and engineer, director of the engineering and architecture firm Construction & Environnement, professor at ENSA Paris-Est, Université Gustave Eiffel

12:30 pm: Lunch break

2:00 p.m.: Roundtable on the cross-practices of research and design in architecture and engineering moderated by Bechara Helal, professor, School of Architecture, University of Montreal

  • Valérie Chartrand, structural engineer, NCK – Nicolet Chartrand Knoll Inc.
  • Martin Houle, architect, partner and project manager, ELEMA experts-conseils
  • Thibaut Lefort, structural engineer and partner, Latéral Inc.
  • Jean-Marc Weill, architect and engineer, director of the engineering and architecture firm Construction & Environnement, professor at ENSA Paris-Est, Université Gustave Eiffel

Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

The Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, presents all buildings and places recipient of a Governor General Medal in Architecture since 1982 on a single interactive map and in a visual gallery of over 250 items.

A new classification system by typological categories allows for more precise queries in the database. A table of “unlocated items” collects cases that cannot appear on the map because they are private residences.

The realization of this map and the entry of data in the AREA system is funded by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence directed by Jean-Pierre Chupin (https://crc.umontreal.ca/en/ ), as well as by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This corpus was collected by the team of M.Arch. students coordinated by Lucas Ouellet at the Université de Montréal: Charles Cauchon and Anna Zakharova.

For direct access to the map of all Governor General Medals in architecture since 1982:

For direct access to the visual gallery:

The international student competition inviting creative ways to renew the appeal of public transport during a global health crisis is now the subject of a book. It is available for free access today.

Reimagining Waiting for the Bus is an open access book edited by Carmela Cucuzzella, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Emmanuel Rondia and Sherif Goubran and published by Potential Architecture Books (Montreal, 2021).

This creative guide, the result of an international competition, is a synthesis of the best ideas in the form of a free resource aimed at stimulating citizen discussion and community group engagement around the improvement of small urban environments connected to bus stops.

This richly illustrated, educational guide presents ideas that encourage appreciation of urban spaces by emphasizing the importance of nature, art and design. Reimagining Waiting for the Bus invites citizens to think about creative approaches, neighborhood by neighborhood, bus stop by bus stop, that would energize these public spaces in an interactive, poetic, critical and meaningful way: shifting the immediate environment of bus stops from a merely functional spatiality to a multi-purpose spatiality.

This is not about redesigning the bus shelter, but about making waiting for the bus more pleasant, in various ways, encouraging citizens to use the bus instead of their car, all year round, including during hot summer days and long periods of freezing winter.

The ideas extracted from projects from many countries are not presented as solutions but as illustrated principles gathered in 5 vectors going from culture to social dimensions, from ecological concerns to technological innovations and, in general, to everything that can increase the feeling of well-being.

The result of a research and creation process, this guide aims to encourage citizens to take hold of these often neglected spaces in which waiting should be given all the attention necessary to enhance public transport.

  • REFERENCE:

    Cucuzzella, C., Chupin J.-P., Rondia, E., Goubran, S., (2021), Reimagining Waiting for the Bus, Montréal, Potential Architecture Books, 139 pages.
    ISBN 9781988962054