|Automne 2014||Jean-Pierre Chupin, Carmela Cucuzzella et Bechara Helal codirigent la production d’un nouveau livre sur les concours internationaux||Jean-Pierre Chupin, Carmela Cucuzzella et Bechara Helal, codirigent la production d’un livre collectif sur les concours internationaux, faisant suite au colloque de 2012 et qui aura pour titre : Architecture Competitions and The Production of Culture, Quality and Knowledge: An International Inquiry. Il rassemblera une vingtaine de textes d’experts internationaux et sera publié aux nouvelles éditions : Potential Architecture Books, Montréal, à l’automne 2014|
|Août 2014||Tiphaine Abenia, une nouvelle doctorante en cotutelle au LEAP||Tiphaine Abenia, Ingénieur INSA et Architecte DE, intègre le LEAP comme nouvelle doctorante en cotutelle avec le Laboratoire de Recherche en Architecture de l’ENSA de Toulouse|
|Mars 2014||Jan Silberberger, postdoctorant de l`ETH, chercheur invité au LEAP||Jan Silberberger, Postdoctorant à l’ETH de Zürich, chercheur invité pour un séjour de 4 semaines pour contribuer à la mise au point de l’espace de recherche numérique du Catalogue des Concours Canadiens (mars 2014)|
|Février 2014||Jean-Pierre Chupin participe à la 5e Conférence internationale sur les concours, à Delft aux Pays-Bas||Jean-Pierre Chupin présente « Some Reflections on the Problematic Location of the Entity Client in the Ontological Structure of Electronic Ressources on Competitions » à la 5e Conférence internationale sur les concours, à Delft, aux Pays-Bas (Février 2014)|
|24-25 mai 2013||La Chaire de recherche sur les concours et les pratiques contemporaines en architecture présente un colloque international||La Chaire de recherche sur les concours et les pratiques contemporaines en architecture présente le colloque international « Ornament, Algorithms and Analogies; Between Cognitive and Technological Operations in Architecture ». Organisé par Aliki Economides et Jean-Pierre Chupin, il s’agit du colloque inaugural de la série IDEA (International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture). (24-25 mai 2013)|
|Octobre 2012||Jean-Pierre Chupin participe à la 42e conférence internationale de recherche sur les concours||Jean-Pierre Chupin présente une recherche sur les concours internationaux à la 42 conférence internationale de recherche sur les concours à la Aalto University School of Arts d`Helsinki|
|2012/09||Jean-Pierre Chupin contribue à un livre||Jean-Pierre Chupin est invité à contribuer au Livre Blanc des Archives de l`Architecture en fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles|
|16-17 mars 2012||La Chaire et le LEAP organisent un colloque international en mars 2012||Jean-Pierre Chupin (CRC) et Georges Adamczyk (LEAP) organisent le colloque « International Competitions and Architectural Quality in the Planetary Age » qui rassemblera les meilleurs experts mondiaux sur les concours en provenance de 10 pays et recevra l’architecte Shohei Shigematsu (OMA, New-York). 16-17 mars 2012|
|Septembre 2011||Leçons d’histoire d’un concours. La Faculté de l’aménagement en 1994||La Faculté de l’Aménagement et le Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle organisent le colloque « Leçons d’histoire d’un concours. La Faculté de l’aménagement en 1994 ». Jean-Pierre Chupin et David Grenier ont conçu le site internet intégrant 6 entrevues vidéo, 29 septembre 2011|
|Septembre 2011||Lancement de la Chaire de recherche sur les concours||La Chaire de recherche sur les concours est officiellement lancée en présence de monsieur Joseph Hubert, vice-recteur à la recherche, 29 septembre 2012|
|Mai 2011||Une chaire pour Jean-Pierre!||Jean-Pierre Chupin reçoit une « chaire de recherche sur les concours et les pratiques contemporaines de l’architecture » financée par l’Université de Montréal avec le soutien du Vice-recteur à la recherche, Joseph Hubert, et le Doyen de la Faculté de l’aménagement, Giovanni de Paoli|
|Octobre 2010||Le CCC s’expose au Musée à Québec||Dans le cadre d’une exposition au Musée National des beaux-arts de Québec, la base de données du Catalogue des concours canadiens est utilisée comme outil interactif de présentation des projets d’architecture proposés pour l’agrandissement du musée lors du concours lancé en 2009|
|Octobre 2010||Izabel Amaral soutient sa thèse de doctorat||Izabel Amaral termine sa recherche doctorale sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Chupin avec la mention « excellente »|
|Septembre 2010||Lancement du livre de Jean-Pierre à la Faculté de l’aménagement||Jean-Pierre Chupin lance le premier volume de ses recherches, Analogie et théorie en architecture, (éditions Infolio 2010) lors d’une soirée organisée à la Faculté de l’Aménagement|
|Juin 2010||Le livre de JP Chupin publié en Suisse||Jean-Pierre Chupin publie le premier volume de ses recherches, Analogie et théorie, aux éditions Infolio dans la nouvelle collection Projet et Théorie qu’il codirige avec Paolo Amaldi.|
|Mai 2010||McLeans souligne l’importance du CCC||24 mai, Buildings that will be and might have been, P. Wells, McLeans.ca|
|Avril 2010||La Presse souligne le succès du CCC||7 avril, Un intérêt sans précédent pour le concours du MNBAQ, P. A. Normandin, Cyberpresse.ca|
|Avril 2010||Le CCC collabore avec le MNBAQ||Le L.E.A.P. est fier de collaborer avec le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec pour la diffusion des tous les projets du grand concours international sur le CCC.|
|Février 2010||Le fonds des amis du CCC prend forme||Jean-Pierre Chupin participe à une première rencontre facultaire pour la mise en place du Fonds des amis du CCC visant à attribuer la pérennité de cette ressource en ligne.|
|Janvier 2010||Jean-Pierre Chupin en Suisse||Jean-Pierre Chupin rencontre l’équipe des éditions INFOLIO à Genève pour la conception de la collection Projet et Théorie qu’il dirige avec Paolo Amaldi.|
|Décembre 2009||Jean-Pierre à Radio Canada sur le concours MNBAQ||Jean-Pierre Chupin - entretien à Radio Canada avec Catherine Lachaussée de Radio Canada Québec à propos de la première phase du concours pour le nouveau pavillon du MNBAQ|
|Décembre 2009||Jean-Pierre membre de jury||Jean-Pierre Chupin - membre de jury du concours pour la nouvelle bibliotheque de Ville St. Laurent|
|Novembre 2009||Esquisses aborde les concours||Anne Cormier et Jean-Pierre Chupin participent au numéro spécial sur les « concours » de la revue Esquisses de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec.|
|Septembre 2009||Le CCC est présenté au rectorat||17 Septembre - Jean-Pierre Chupin et Georges Adamczyk sont invités à présenter le Catalogue des Concours Canadiens lors d’un déjeuner au rectorat rassemblant des donateurs potentiels.|
|Avril 2009||Un nouveau projet de recherche financé par le CRSH||Jean-Pierre Chupin, Georges Adamczyk et Pierre Boudon reçoivent une subvention ordinaire de recherche du CRSH pour travailler sur les Conflits d’interprétation analogique et le jugement architectural dans les concours publics canadiens (1984-2004)|
|Mars 2009||Concours du Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec||28 mars 2009, Jean-Pierre Chupin est invité à présenter son rapport sur la différence entre les Partenariats Public Privé et les concours d’architecture au Conseil d’administration du Musée des Beaux-Arts du Québec dans le cadre du concours international sur le nouveau pavillon.|
|Février 2009||Collaboration L.E.A.P. – E.T.H. (Zurich)||10 février 2009, Jean-Pierre Chupin rencontre Joris Van Wezemael au centre de recherche sur les concours (Forschung Planungswettbewerbe, Research design competitions) à l’ETH de Zurich pour établir un protocole de collaboration avec le LEAP.|
|Janvier 2009||Félicitations à Lino pour son excellent mémoire de MScA||Lino Gomes Alves, obtient avec mention son diplôme de maîtrise MScA Aménagement sur l`archivage numérique des concours Europan comme situation d`analyse scientifique du concours d`idées en architecture.|
|Septembre 2008||Fabiano Sobreira stagiaire postdoctoral||Le LEAP accueille le stagiaire postdoctoral Fabiano Sobreira pour une année de recherches conjointes sur l`intégration des questions environnementales dans l`organisation des concours|
|Mai 2008||Félicitations Jean-Pierre||Jean-Pierre Chupin reçoit un Prix d’excellence en enseignement de l’Université de Montréal (catégorie professeurs agrégés)|
|Janvier 2008||Europan-France||18 janvier 2008, Le portail des concours Europan-France, un moteur de recherche bilingue conçu par le LEAP est enfin accessible au grand public.|
|Novembre 2007||Documenter les concours …||Jean-Pierre Chupin clôture le premier colloque européen «Architecture & archives numériques natives » à Paris, le 7 novembre prochain. Sa présentation est intitulée : «Documenter les concours, concourir à la recherche». Le colloque est organisé par le Centre d`archivces d`architecture du XXe siècle, la Cité d`architecture et du patrimoine et l`Institut national de l`histoire de l`art. (programme en format pdf)|
|Mars 2007||Un printemps à Paris…||Jean-Pierre Chupin participe à la conférence Génération Europan à La Cité de l`Architecture à Paris et apportera une perspective extérieure sur l`impact des concours Europan 20 ans après leurs débuts. Les liens suivants proposent des versions PDF des programmes de la conférence et de la dernière édition de ce concours européen bien connu.|
|Juin 2006||Prototype de moteur de recherche en Europe …||Jean-Pierre Chupin présente un prototype de moteur de recherche sur les projets d`architecture au forum européen EUROPAN de Dordrecht.|
|Avril 2006||Lancement du CCC …||Lancement du Catalogue des Concours Canadiens <http://www.ccc.umontreal.ca/> donnant accès au grand public à plus de 4000 documents sur des concours organisés depuis 1945.|
|Avril 2006||Une nouvelle subvention …||Denis Bilodeau et Jean-Pierre Chupin obtiennent une généreuse subvention du Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec pour l`exposition au Centre de Design de l`UQAM sur 15 ans de concours au Québec.|
|Janvier 2006||L`exposition sur les concours québécois avance…||En collaboration avec le Centre de Design de l’Uqam (dir. Marc Choko), Denis Bilodeau (L.e.a.p.) obtient deux subventions du Conseil des arts du Québec et du Conseil des arts du Canada pour l’organisation et la diffusion de l’exposition « Nouveaux territoires culturels » qui sera présentée à l’automne 2006.|
|Décembre 2005||Deux nouveaux contrats avec Europan…||Jean-Pierre Chupin obtient deux contrats du Groupement d`intérêt public (Europe des projets architecturaux et urbains) pour documenter et analyser les sessions françaises des concours EUROPAN|
|2015/09/01||Jean-Pierre Chupin, Carmela Cucuzzella and Bechara Helal are co-leading a new book on international competitions||« Architecture Competitions and the production of Culture, Quality and Knowledge - An International Inquiry » This book comprises a series of 22 case studies from renowned experts and new scholars in the field of architecture competition research. In 2015, it constitutes the most comprehensive survey of the dynamics behind the definition, organization, judging, archiving and publishing of architectural, landscape and urban design competitions in the world. These richly documented contributions revolve around a few questions that can be summarized in a two fold critical interrogation : How can design competitions - these historical democratic devices, both praised and dreaded by designers - be considered laboratories for the production of environmental design quality, and, ultimately, for the renewing of culture and knowledge ?|
|30 janvier 2017||Doctoral Thesis Defence – – Bechara Helal (Director Jean-Pierre Chupin) – January 30th 2017||« The Laboratories of Architecture - Epistemological Inquiry into a Historical Paradigme »
Architectural sites and practices are commonly described in terms borrowed from the arts (studio, creation, masterpiece) and yet, the architectural field relies increasingly on scientific terms (laboratory experimentation, research). This contemporary interest in activities related to scientific research appears to coalesce around the now common notion of "architectural laboratory". Its first materialization dates back to the late nineteenth century and its presence has greatly increased since the recent "digital turn", although this term remains, to this day, still not properly defined. What is an "architectural laboratory"? What elements form its theoretical model? What are the issues related to the emergence of the figure of the "architectural laboratory"? Why and for what purpose do architects refer to the figure of the laboratory?
|2017/04/18||Évènement d’annonce des résultats du concours « En plus d’attendre le bus / More than waiting for the bus »||Mardi 18 avril à la Maison du développement durable se tiendra l'évènement d’annonce des résultats du concours « En plus d’attendre le bus / More than waiting for the bus » organisé par la Chaire IDEAS-Be Concordia University (Carmela Cucuzzella) et la Chaire de Recherche sur les Concours UdeM (JPC) en collaboration avec CRE-Montréal.|
|2016/12/08||Évènement de lancement du livre « Concourir à l’excellence en architecture / Éditoriaux du CCC 2006-2016 »||Lancement du livre « Concourir à l’excellence en architecture / Éditoriaux du CCC 2006-2016 », sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Chupin. L'évènement se tiendra à l'Université de Montréal, de 17h30 à 19h00, au local 1150.|
|2016/12/08||New book : « Competing for Excellence in Architecture – Editorials from the Canadian Competitions Catalogue (2006-2016) »||
A travel guide for those in search of architectural quality, this book can be browsed in many ways. Written in a clear and concise manner by about thirty authors, it features a collection of editorials from the Canadian Competitions Catalogue (CCC), a large online digital archive open to the public since 2006. The editorials explore more than sixty Canadian architecture competitions held in the last seventy years. Especially in recent years, both public and private institutions have organized competitions across Canada, producing hundreds of architectural, urban planning, and landscape design projects. Together these proposals, most of which remain unbuilt, constitute a fantastic treasure in our tangible and intangible common heritage. Given that competition organizers, designers, juries, and critics never operate alone, there is no doubt whatsoever that this book results from the collaboration of a myriad of people, contributing to and competing for excellence in architecture.
|2017/01/15||Doctoral Thesis Defence – – Louis Destombes (Director Jean-Pierre Chupin) – January 15th 2018||Traductions constructives du projet d’architecture. Théoriser le détail à l’ère de la modélisation intégrative (B.I.M.) Résumé: Cette recherche porte sur le rôle des écarts entre les dessins d’architecture et les édifices qu’ils représentent en analysant le transfert des projets de la figuration à l’édification. Ce phénomène est abordé à la fois en tant que problématique disciplinaire, dans la perspective théorique et historique de la modernité architecturale, et en tant que problème pratique, à travers le tournant numérique de la conception architecturale. L’hypothèse des traductions constructives du projet d’architecture (Evans, 1986), qui attribue une fonction heuristique à ces écarts, est déployée au moyen d’un rapprochement analogique entre conception architecturale et traduction littéraire. Ce parallèle permet de mobiliser les théories de la traduction de l’Allemagne romantique (Berman, 1984) pour problématiser le phénomène du transfert du projet au sein de la discipline architecturale. Interprétés en termes d’attitudes possibles des concepteurs face au transfert du projet, les principes théoriques modernes de la tectonique (Frampton, 1995) et de la construction comme représentation (Levine, 2009) assurent l’ancrage historique de cette problématique. Supports privilégiés pour élaborer et prescrire les dispositifs constructifs, les détails constituent les principaux indicateurs permettant une observation pragmatique de ces attitudes au sein des pratiques professionnelles. L’hypothèse des traductions constructives est testée à travers deux études de cas portant sur la genèse de projets réalisés par les agences Chevalier Morales Architectes au Québec et Jakob+MacFarlane en France. Les opérations de traduction identifiées à travers ces projets témoignent de tensions constructives où le détail apparaît comme une catégorie de la conception architecturale numérique. Ces analyses permettent d’envisager une actualisation des théories modernes du détail à l’aulne de l’évolution contemporaine des méthodologies de conception. Directeur : Jean-Pierre Chupin|
|2017/08/30||Make your maps of excellence on www.MONTREAL-ARCHIMAP.ca||
Discover the cartographic device MONTREAL-ARCHIMAP. The team of the Research Chair on Competitions and Contemporary Practices in Architecture embarked on the design and implementation of a cartographic application highlighting contemporary architecture in Montreal for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. (Nicholas Roquet and Jean-Pierre Chupin in collaboration with Humaneco.ca).
|2017/10/30||New Book (Translation): Competing for Excellence in Architecture (editorials from the Canadian Competitions Catalogue, 2006 – 2016) Edited by Jean-Pierre Chupin||Montreal, Potential Architecture Books, 322 pages, October 2017 ISBN 978-0-9921317-5-3 A travel guide for those in search of architectural quality, this book can be browsed in many ways. Written in a clear and concise manner by about thirty authors, it features a collection of editorials from the Canadian Competitions Catalogue (CCC), a large online digital archive open to the public since 2006. The editorials explore more than sixty Canadian architecture competitions held in the last seventy years. Especially in recent years, both public and private institutions have organized competitions across Canada, producing hundreds of architectural, urban planning, and landscape design projects. Together these proposals, most of which remain unbuilt, constitute a fantastic treasure in our tangible and intangible common heritage. Given that competition organizers, designers, juries, and critics never operate alone, there is no doubt whatsoever that this book results from the collaboration of a myriad of people, contributing to and competing for excellence in architecture.|
|2017/11/07||Tiphaine Abenia granted “Palladio European Grant 2017”||Félicitations à Tiphaine Abenia, lauréate de la Bourse Palladio 2017 (Pour son travail de thèse intitulé "Le projet d'architecture contemporain à l'épreuve du reclassement : catégorisation des potentiels de la structure urbaine abandonnée", Tiphaine Abenia (directeurs : Jean-Pierre Chupin et Daniel Estevez) (La bourse de la Fondation Palladio soutient des doctorants et jeunes docteurs, français et étrangers, dont les recherches agissent significativement sur la construction de la ville. Cérémonie : 7 novembre 2017, Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris. ))|
|2012/04/01||Jean-Pierre Chupin holds the Université de Montréal Research Chair in Competitions and Contemporary Practices in Architecture||This research chair will develop and update the documentary database of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue (www.ccc.umontreal.ca ) and support the understanding of the role of competitions in the quality of our built environment in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.|
|2018/08/08||Jean-Pierre Chupin cosigns a manifesto for the quality of public constructions||Jean-Pierre Chupin, holder of the Université de Montréal Research Chair on Competitions, is co-signatory of the open letter on service contracts for public bodies, a joint manifesto of the Association of Architects in Private Practice of Quebec (AAPPQ) and the Association of Engineering Consulting Firms - Quebec (AFG) against the bill imposing the rule of the lowest bidder. http://www.aappq.qc.ca/nouvelles/lettre-ouverte-contrats-de-services-des-organismes-publics-faudra-t-il-un-autre-viaduc-de-la-concorde|
|Mandana Bafghinia winner of a 2018 Mitacs Globalink grant to pursue her research on observation decks in Shanghai||The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas. The fellowship is awarded to support a doctoral research entitled « The Skyscraper: a viewing instrument for the metropolis ». The investigation of Shanghai’s buildings is particularly relevant to my research, both in terms of the quantity of observation decks located in the city and in terms of their design and operation. Besides the development of the thesis, the research stay will generate publications and support the development of a collaboration on high-rise buildings between Jiao Tong university and UdeM.|
|Aurélien Catros – Winner of a faculty doctoral fellowship related to Artificial Intelligence 2018||The "Artificial Intelligence" faculty fellowship, worth $ 2,000 CAD, was awarded to support a doctoral research project entitled "Representation and Simulation of Architecture Project Qualities through the Prism of Building Data Modeling Systems". This project aims to determine, through a series of comparative analyzes of different scientific models, the part of the numerical modeling of the architectural project in the appreciation of the architectural quality during its design. This research is part of the Montreal Declaration's "Knowledge", "Responsibility", "Autonomy" and "Well-being" components for responsible development of artificial intelligence by promoting the transparency of design algorithms and processes. numerical modeling analysis, now widely democratized in professional practice.|
|Jean-Pierre Chupin publishes a chapter in Jean-Louis Cohen’s book : L’architecture entre pratique et connaissance scientifique||This chapter presents the theoretical model elaborated by Jean-Pierre Chupin to categorize theories and doctoral thesis in architecture. It is presented in a new collection on architectural research published by the French Ministry of Culture. UN COMPAS DES THÉORIES DANS L'OCÉAN DOCTORAL EN ARCHITECTURE in L’Architecture Entre pratique et connaissance scientifique Sous la direction de Jean-Louis Cohen Coll. Recherche & Architecture Editions du Patrimoine 2018 16,5 × 24,5 cm – 176 pages – 68 illustrations|
|2019/03/19||Alexandra Paré will be in Lisbon for an international conference at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation||Alexandra Paré will attend the international conference Educational Architecture – Education, Heritage which will be held in Lisbon from 6-8 May, 2019, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.|
|2019/03/18||Tiphaine Abenia will give a lecture at the University of Montreal||Tiphaine Abenia will give a lecture entitled De l’abandon et du potentiel en architecture at the University of Montréal on March 18, 2019. This public lecture is organized by the Laboratoire d'Étude de l'Architecture Potentielle (LEAP).|
|2019/05/02||Lucie Palombi awarded the first Geneviève Bazin bursary from the rare book department at UdeM||During a ceremony held on April 23, Lucie Palombi was awarded the very first Geneviève-Bazin Fellowship, created to honor the memory of the one who set up what would become the Rare Books Library. and special collections (BLRCS) of the Université de Montréal. A PhD student at the UdeM School of Architecture, Ms. Palombi received this $ 2,000 scholarship because of the importance of the BLRCS documents in her research project as well as for the quality of her work.|
|2019/04/02||(Winter 2019) 5 doctoral students at inter university LEAP lab receive a financial support taken on the FRQSC infrastructure grant (2016-2020)||Angie Arsenault (Concordia, dir. Cynthia Hammond), Morteza Hazbei et Aristofanis Soulikias (Concordia, dir. Carmela Cucuzzella), Aurélien Catros et Lucie Palombi (UdeM, dir. Jean-Pierre Chupin).|
|2019/06/07||Thesis defense Tiphaine Abenia||Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Research House of the University of Toulouse, Tiphaine Abenia, PhD student in co-supervision between the University of Toulouse (Jean Jaurès) + ENSA Toulouse and the School of Architecture of the University of Toulouse Montreal has defended a thesis entitled: Potential Architecture of the Great Abandoned Structure: Categorization and Projection. Under the chairmanship of Professor isabelle Alzieu (University of Toulouse) and in addition to the thesis supervisors (Daniel Estevez and Jean-Pierre Chupin) the jury was composed of: Dominique Rouillard (Paris-Malaquais rapporteur) and Dieter Dietz (EPFL rapporteur), Pierre Boudon (University of Montreal).|
|2019/06/19||A Daniel Arbour and Associates scholarship for Alexandra Paré||Alexandra Paré (Individualized PhD in Architecture) is the winner of the 2018-2019 competition of the Daniel Arbour and Associates Scholarship that promotes innovation and new approaches in environmental design by highlighting the competence of a student enrolled in a program in studies of the Faculty of Environmental design ($ 20,000).|
|2019/06/20||Jean-Pierre Chupin awarded a new Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, and Mediations of Excellence||
MONTREAL, June 20, 2019 – Canada's science minister Kirsty Duncan announced the April and October 2018 Canada Research Chair Awards, including one in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations for Excellence, granted to Université de Montréal architecture professor Jean-Pierre Chupin. One of the few Tier-1 chairs in Canada dedicated to the study of contemporary architecture, it will help Professor Chupin better define the attributes, parameters and criteria for recognizing quality in architecture and understanding its renewal in current practices.
|2019/10/05||Lucie Palombi, doctoral student, receives two awards||March 28, 2019: Lucie Palombi received the scientific prize, the public prize and the prize for the best summary of the Symposium Perspectives 360 organized by the Association of Higher Cycles of the Faculty of Planning for the presentation of her doctoral project in 6 minutes. The funds were donated by the Ivanhoé Cambridge Observatory. October 25, 2019: On the occasion of the launching ceremony of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Festival, Lucie Palombi was awarded a $ 5,000 scholarship for the writing of a 1000-word essay. His text takes the form of a letter to Le Corbusier. She writes that the descriptions of her travel diary inspired her, as did descriptions of North America in the 19th century, Paris in the 20th century, and the gardens of Versailles from various authors she read over the years. years. These readings led her to ask "Can we carve the world with words and paper? The journeys described in places far removed by reading have allowed him to understand that "stories, real or fantasized, give meaning to the most silent places". Jury Comment: The text is intelligent and original in form and content, and is beautifully written. It reveals a new analytical mind, able to contribute to the discipline in thought and action.|
|2019/04/05||Jean-Pierre Chupin Advisory Committee Member as part of the Québec Strategy for Architecture||Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the French Language, and Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Announce the Beginning of the Work to Provide Québec with a Strategy Quebecois architecture. To this end, the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) has invited the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) and a committee of experts to collaborate in the development of this first strategy. The Québec Architecture Strategy will place citizens at the heart of the debate and will aim at adopting best practices in state-led projects and introducing incentives in the projects it subsidizes. It will meet the needs of Quebeckers through a contribution of architecture to Quebec identity, making culture a fundamental element of the quality of our living environments and the vitality of our communities. This strategy will ensure greater quality and sustainability of the projects, consistent with the principles of sustainable development. In addition, it will contribute to people's sense of belonging, the international attractiveness of the territory and the prospects for economic growth and tourism promotion. The participatory process established will involve the community as a stakeholder and benefit from the reflections of the process that the OAQ had previously carried out leading to the tabling of the White Paper for a Québec architecture policy. In addition, the MCC and the OAQ have set up an advisory committee involving all those challenged by this approach. These experts, organizations and partners will be consulted in the coming months (see list in appendix). The municipal community is invited to participate in this project. The government wishes to hear from it for its unique expertise in order to feed the Québec Strategy for Architecture. The cities of Quebec and Montreal will be particularly challenged in particular by virtue of their respective status as capital and metropolis. The development of the Québec Architecture Strategy corresponds to Measure 19 of the Government Action Plan for Culture 2018-2023. (Excerpt from press release) Read the full press release of the Ministry of Culture and Communications.|
|2019/11/12||Carmela Cucuzzella and Jean-Pierre Chupin head a special issue of the Journal of Sustainability Research||Journal of Sustainability Research (Open access journal of Hapres)
special issue: "Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design: Alternative Theories for Qualitative Comparisons"
Since the turn of the century, theories and practices of sustainable architecture and urban design have been characterized by increasingly normative grids, such as standards, checklists, certifications, etc. As imperative as these normative grids are for ensuring a certain level of sustainability in the built environment, they may inadvertently avert the virtues of creative design practices to mere risk management exercises.
This is in clear contrast to the pioneering environmental design of the 1960s, when the search for holistic approaches gave rise to a spectrum of methodological experimentations, both in the field of design processes (design methodologies) and environmental studies. The formation of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in 1968 was an outcome of this search for qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies in the design disciplines. In the 1970s, environmentalism started to shift towards an ecological ideology soon dominated by technical solutions and the search for eco-efficiency. Systematically developed throughout the 1980s and 1990s, this technological emphasis for measurable efficiency started to reveal its limitations. Facing a problematic integration of cultural and social dimensions, this dominant approach founded on the management of eco-performances revealed a counterproductive hyper-technological paradigm for the design disciplines and their theoretical frameworks (Vesely, 2004; Perez-Gomez, 1983).
Numerous scholars now underline that these missing inter-subjective dimensions may be compromising the very idea of a holistic environmentalism in various realms of knowledge and action (Kagan, 2010; McLennan, 2004). Such is the case in the design disciplines, where a series of ethical issues are being identified at varying scales (Fisher, 2008). In the past twenty years, theoretical frameworks have induced or supported the normative rather than systemic methods to sustainable design. The more comparative and qualitative evaluative approaches that have been established in professional practice—design committees, collective judgment, competition juries—are still being overlooked by scholars as the foundation of evaluation and judgment. Furthermore, even if authors have sought to reveal critical theories for these dominant discourses, occurrences have been rare.
We believe it is now time to step back and rethink these dominant paradigms in order to provide new theoretical frameworks and methodologies for sustainable architecture and urban design. This special issue calls for the renewal of theories and hypotheses opening on a broadened evaluative and comparative framework. We welcome papers in the following three themes:
(A). (B). (C).Professor Carmela Cucuzzella Professor Jean-Pierre Chupin Guest Editors
sustainable architecture sustainable urban design. comparative analysis qualitative-quantitative divide evaluation judgmentSubmission Deadline: 30 April 2020
|2019/11/20||Opening of the website prefiguring the Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture (AREA)||
Montreal, November 20, 2019 – Raymond Lalonde, Vice-Chancellor for Relations with Alumni, Partnerships and Philanthropy, Raphaël Fischler, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design, and Virginie Portes, Director of Funded Research at the Université de Montréal’s Office of Research, Development and Valorization inaugurated, on Tuesday, November 19th, the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competition and Mediation of Excellence program (CRC-ACME). Professor Jean-Pierre Chupin, as the Chair holder, presented the main research directions that will unfold over the next 7 years. He officially launched the Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture (AREA), a website that acts as the prototype of a future open-access scientific resource that is presently being developed by a network of researchers from 12 Canadian schools of architecture. Other universities will join this network over time.
The program of the new Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence aims to answer a key question in architecture: what defines the quality of built environments? This question is dealt with in a comparative and diachronic manner at the scale of a country, Canada, whereas until now it has been the subject of fragmented analysis. With definitions of quality changing over time, the program will seek to understand how these criteria are used in practice. It will question how peer juries apply – or not – the criteria for “quality” in their collective judgments. It will examine how the users of buildings and public places, once built, feel or perceive the different aspects of architectural quality.
To answer these questions, it is necessary to constitute a representative sample of the architectural production of a country and a period. It is also necessary to have a corpus that derives from the selection processes of peer-review juries, so as not to bias the analysis. Such ensembles exist on a Canadian scale. They consist of award-winning public buildings and spaces, or architectural award winners, and sometimes both, from the late 1980s to the present day. If the award-winning buildings are mediations of excellence (par excellence), the phenomenon begins before the design of the project, continues with the awarding of a prize and obviously much beyond. Award-winning buildings, award after award, year after year, can be interpreted as responses to the constant redefinition of excellence. At the level of everyday experience, how do users perceive the qualities identified by the juries of competitions and prizes to evaluate buildings or public spaces?
The Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture is designed with the financial support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Université de Montréal’s Centre for Digital Expertise for Research (CEN-R) and Humaneco. It will be hosted by Compute Canada as ongoing database allowing unprecedented comparative analyses of anticipated quality (competition projects) and quality as lived (award-winning buildings). Several thousand competition projects (whether these were winning projects or not) have already been documented in the Canadian Competitions Catalogue, a database created in 2002 through the initiative of the Chair holder and affiliated researchers of the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (LEAP).
For the documentation of awards, the CRC-ACME team is currently defining a preliminary corpus within more than 6,000 buildings that have been awarded prizes by over seventy public and private institutions in Canada since 1953 (see our Directory of Administrations of Canadian Awards).
The analysis of hundreds of projects requires the establishment of a broad partnership. This partnership is currently being built. The AEA Network will bring together researchers from more than a dozen Canadian universities in the built environment and will invite administrations of awards to collaborate on the development and regular updated of an Agenda of Canadian Awards.
The impact of this work will go beyond architecture as a discipline, as this type of research requires collaboration between social sciences, humanities and engineering. By making available unpublished data on the characteristics of public buildings, by explicating the design criteria along with the appreciation of qualities by a system of actors and users, and by placing collective judgments of quality at the heart of the program, the Chair will create an open dialogue, inviting disciplines such as ethics, sociology, political science, etc., to enter into new questions about the relationships between people and built environments. Through these intersectoral collaborations, we will be better able to engage with the complex impact of spatial quality on health, society, the achievement of environmental objectives, the correlations between technological development, and the search for the highest environmental standards.
|Check out the Agenda of Canadian Awards!|
|2020/03/01||Doctoral scholarships (New deadline March 1st 2021 for September 2021)||The Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence is seeking applications for doctoral scholarships. Each grant will come with a research contract and will support a student whose doctoral research will be tightly linked to the research program of the chair, which is dedicated to the study of architectural quality in terms of awards of excellence and competition processes. (https://crc.umontreal.ca)
In general, research theme proposals should contribute to the history and theory of contemporary definitions of architectural quality. In particular, the proposals should focus on clarifying the parameters of comparative approaches and how such methods will build on the joint study of competition and award-winning projects and buildings in Canada. (see Canadian Competitions Catalogue www.ccc.umontreal.ca and Atlas of Excellence in Architecture www.architecture-excellence.org).
The thesis will be directed by Prof. Jean-Pierre Chupin, Ph.D. (https://crc.umontreal.ca/chercheur/jean-pierre-chupin/), but a co-supervision with a CRC-ACME (UdeM) associate professor could be considered depending on the specific directions of the research project.
Each scholarship of CAD $ 20,000 per year will be awarded for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years depending on academic and scientific achievements (publications, conferences, etc.). They will be accompanied by CRC-ACME research contracts (of at least CAD $ 5,000 per year) and, depending on available funds, by travel or research grants from the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (www.leap-architecture.org). Successful candidates may also benefit from admission grants and scholarships offered by the Faculté d’Aménagement and Université de Montréal.
|2020/01/24||Thesis defense Adrienne Costa||On Friday, January 24, 2020, at the Maison de la recherche de l’Université de Toulouse, Adrienne Costa, PhD student in cosupervision between Université de Toulouse (Jean Jaurès) + ENSA Toulouse and École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal defended a thesis entitled : Voir l'espace en coupe. Exploration du rôle de la coupe dans la conception de l'espace moderne. Under the chairmanship of professeure Françoise Blanc (ENSA Toulouse). Along with codirecteurs (Rémi Papillault et Jean-Pierre Chupin) the jury was composed of : Prof. Virginie Picon-Lefevre (ENSA Paris-Belleville), Prof. Estelle Thibault (ENSA Paris-Belleville), Prof. Juan Torres (Université de Montréal) and Prof. Karim Basbous (ENSA Paris-Val-de-Seine).|
|2020/04/15||New open access book by Jean-Pierre Chupin and G. Stanley Collyer on the role of young architects in competitions||This book presents a collection of data and real-life cases in support of the idea that young offices of architects and planners are able to match or exceed the capabilities of their most experienced competitors when it comes to creating high-quality built environments for the public. The argument is made in response to, and as an attempt to critique, a post year-2000 trend that has seen young firms excluded from project competitions on the supposed basis of their inexperience. Can architecture survive, though, when it brings into question its very renewal by excluding young architects from the synergistic activity and democratic participation so emblematic of design competitions? The book’s repository of architectural achievements is presented briefly, with emphasis placed on the surprising precociousness of the associated firms. It includes examples from a number of international competitions, grouped by region. Over time, it becomes clear that the work of young architects has contributed greatly to several major objects of contemporary historical memory. After analyzing a period spanning nearly five decades, the book concludes that an emphasis on Requests for Qualifications (RfQ) is not the sole reason many architectural firms face rejection. It hypothesizes that our society’s fondness for a priori control procedures should also be called into question, at least if we desire our places of culture and civic representation to sustain the generations that live and benefit from them. Chupin, Jean-Pierre, G. Stanley Collyer, Young Architects in Competitions (When Competitions and a New Generation of Ideas Elevate Architectural Quality), Montreal, Potential Architecture Books, 2020. 160 pages. ISBN 9781988962047 (PDF) Jean-Pierre Chupin, PhD in Environmental Design, holds the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence at Université de Montréal (Canada) and is the editor of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue (www.ccc.umontreal.ca) G. Stanley Collyer, PhD in History from Freie Universität Berlin, is the founding editor of COMPETITIONS (www.competitions.org) one of the longest lasting resource internationally and the author of Competing Globally in Architecture Competitions (Wiley Academy, 2004) DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK IN OPEN ACCESS|
|2020/04/22||Paper in CITIES journal: Cucuzzella, Chupin, Hammond, “Eco-didacticism in art and architecture: Design as means for raising awareness”||Link to PUBLICATIONS + OPEN ACCESS|
|Paper in open access in FOOTPRINT (Delft Architecture Theory Journal) #26 (2020) : “This is not a Nest: Transcultural Metaphors and the Paradoxical Politics of International Competitions”||This is Not a Nest: Transcultural Metaphors and the Paradoxical Politics of International Competitions Jean-Pierre Chupin, Université de MontréalPublished in: Footprint, Delft Architectural Theory Journal, issue #26, Vol 14, n1, Spring 2020. Pages: 63-82 Abstract Although the architecture competition has been analysed through a number of rhetorical lenses, the recurring production of transcultural metaphors, particularly in international competitions, remains to be addressed as a genuine disciplinary phenomenon. The hypothesis of competitions as contact zones is particularly appropriate for the study of international events, in which competitors forge broad analogical figures to bridge cultural differences. Recent studies in the cognitive understanding of analogical matrices have considerably reinforced the theories on metaphors. Our analytical grid characterises analogical matrices to identify levels of symbolic operations through the differentiation of formal, structural and conceptual analogies. We first dig into a sample of competition project nicknames (Crystal, Bird’s Nest, DNA, Cloud, Lace, Stealth, etc.) to confirm that these tropes have a paradoxical status at the intersection of architects’ intents and public expectations. We then summarise an in-depth hermeneutical discourse analysis of forty North American international competitions. This indicates a fourfold series of expectations to which competitors hope to provide answers in an international ‘conflict of interpretations’. Adhering to the theory of speech acts, we suggest that performative metaphors in competitions appear less as indicators of designers’ intentions than as products of the broader context surrounding competitions themselves. We conclude with a proposed grid indexing four types of contact zones in which metaphorical relationships are actively created and not just repeated. Keywords International Competitions, Analogies, Metaphors, Analogical Matrices, Discourse Analysis, Speech Acts DOWNLOAD IN .PDF|
|2020/05/10||Mandana Bafghinia, doctoral student, receives a Cardinal and Hardy scholarship for her research project||Mandana Bafghinia, doctoral student in architecture under the direction of Jean-Pierre Chupin, receives the Cardinal and Hardy scholarship, valued at $8,000, for the research project "Habiter les toits, dialogue in the shadow of high-rise buildings", attached to the Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence|
|2020/05/10||Lucie Palombi, doctoral student, receives a FRQSC scholarship for her research project||Lucie Palombi, individualized doctoral student under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Chupin, receives a doctoral research scholarship from the Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture du Québec, worth $77,000 over 4 years (from 2020 to 2024) for the research project entitled "La mise en compétition de l'écriture en architecture. Herméneutique du texte gagnant et de l'ouvrage primé", attached to the Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence.|
|ARCHIVES OF EXEMPLARITY IN ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (AREA)||The Archives of Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment (AREA) is an open construction site! AREA-BE is an initiative of the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations for Excellence (CRC-ACME), held by Jean-Pierre Chupin, Ph.D. , architect MOAQ, MIRAC, DPLG, DipArch (2), Professor at Université de Montréal. This initiative is actively supported by a network of Canadian and international scholars. The current website of the AREA (www.architecture-excellence.org) has been officially launched in November 2019 for information purposes. The AREA website foreshadows an important documentation and research platform to be launched in 2021 / 2022 This long-term initiative is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through the Canada Research Chairs Program. In the coming years, the establishment of an AREA partnership of researchers based in Canadian schools of architecture and research universities will ensure the reliability, regular updating and sustainability of this scientific platform regrouping resources, knowledge transfers and analyzes on best examples of architectural design, landscape design and urban design in Canada. Thanks to the contribution of institutions delivering awards and to professional teams giving access to data on projects and buildings, researchers and students will be able to contribute to a better understanding of the current evolution of quality in the built environment. The data, information, analyzes, comparisons, visualizations that will be progressively delivered – in open access – on the AREA platform will take advantage of award-winning projects and buildings in Canada, from year to year, in order to identify and better understand best practices. The AREA collective platform will be meant to provide scientific data in order to support education, policies, actions and mediations aiming at excellence in the built environment. More information on CRC-ACME’s program can be found at www.crc.umontreal.ca/en/ as well as definitions, data and insights in the “science blog” section of the same site.|
|2020/08/05||Understanding the Awards of Excellence (Issue 191 of Architecture Québec magazine) : Researchers from LEAP and the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence present some results of their recent work on awards of excellence in all areas of design||This special issue on Awards of Excellence does not introduce new winners or reveal any results that were not previously known. Its purpose is to call for more attention to a phenomenon - the celebration of excellence - on which there is strangely little critical attention. What is to be understood from the plethora of award-winning projects, achievements and practices year after year? Certainly, the images are part of an intense ballet at each local, regional or national award ceremony. Images of architectural excellence, no doubt about it. However, it is necessary to "freeze frame" the images to begin to question the definitions of quality that they are supposed to summarize, symbolize, perhaps measure. The reader who would like to be convinced of the extent of the phenomenon in a few figures can start this issue at the end, as we draw up an unprecedented statistical portrait of it, revealing in particular the exponential increase in the number of organizers and prizes in a decade. Georges Adamczyk first of all proposes to shift the "waiting horizon" from the reception of architects or the public to the interest of the academic world. In fact, he takes award-winning projects as models: "projects that are judged excellent by their peers for their exemplary aesthetic and functional qualities are also potential projects for learning about design and production in architecture". David Theodore places the Quebec awards in a broader Canadian context. While Quebec architects do indeed distinguish themselves in Canada and even abroad, his survey shows that it is certain types of buildings and architectural practices that are distinguished, rather than excellence or the best buildings in general. Paradoxically, he wonders whether the awards really promote good architecture. This is confirmed by Aurélien Catros' reflections on heritage distinctions. The recent history of the categories of excellence in conservation first reveals the fluctuations of the underlying policies. And what could be more up-to-date than a policy for school architecture? On this point, Alexandra Paré's retrospective look shows that school architecture remains a poor relation of awards. She agrees with the conclusions of Theodore and Adamczyk in inviting us to conceive of prices as a true school of architectural quality. The articles by Sherif Goubran and Carmela Cucuzzella question the growing importance of ecological and environmental criteria in contemporary quality recognition. The statistics compiled by Goubran shed light on the multiplication of definitions of sustainability. Cucuzzella's analyses show in detail that certain awards literally force the use of ever more "eco-didactic" visibility. She concludes that awards would not only play a recognition function, they would determine a form of excellence. In essence, this inversion is the game proposed by Lucie Palombi who, by temporarily obliterating the images of the prize-winning projects, wonders what a foreign visitor to three prize-winning libraries might understand by considering only the rare comments of the juries. We'll let you guess. For as long as the lists of prize-winning projects are not accompanied by the reasons, analyses, judging criteria and therefore the jury reports, there is a risk that the prizes will remain nothing more than nice celebrations and not stages in the full and effective recognition of an "architectural quality policy". Editorial: Prices, freeze frame! (Jean-Pierre Chupin, Professor, Université de Montréal) Taking Home the Prize: Distinguishing Québec in Architectural Awards (David Theodore, Professor, McGill University) Three award-winning libraries (the reverse visit) (Lucie Palombi, doctoral student, Université de Montréal) School architecture, the poor relation of prizes (Alexandra Paré, doctoral student, Université de Montréal) Learning from excellence in residential architecture (Georges Adamczyk, Professor, Université de Montréal) Quebec in the Canadian sustainable development awards concert (Sherif Goubran, PhD student, Concordia University) The allegory of heritage through the filter of awards of excellence (Aurélien Catros, doctoral student, Université de Montréal) What is the purpose of architectural awards? (Jean-Pierre Chupin, Professor, Université de Montréal) "Eco-education": Are "green awards" forcing the visibility of green devices? (Carmela Cucuzzella, Professor, Concordia University)|
|2020/05/01||Several LEAP researchers participated in 27 brainstorming sessions on the determinants of quality in architecture at the invitation of CRC-ACME||For three weeks in May 2020, 3 groups of researchers and professionals across Canada participated in 3 brainstorming sessions per week, with 9 Zoom sessions per group, for a total of 27 sessions. This series of remote exchanges is part of both the establishment of a large collaborative and research network on the quality of built environments (AREA) and the design of a digital platform or « Atlas of Excellence in Architecture » capable of supporting long-term research on the understanding and dissemination of best practices in the Canadian context (AEA). This database is decentralized and in open access. Coordination: Jean-Pierre Chupin (Université de Montréal), Terrance Galvin (Laurentian University) Doctoral students and assistants: Mandana Bafghinia, Aurélien Catros, Sherif Goubran, Firdous Nizar, Lucie Palombi, Alexandra Paré, Anne-Lise Belbezet|
|2020/08/28||The 5 competitions of the LABécole fully documented exclusively on the CCC||As part of a collaboration with the LABécole organization, the Canadian Competitons Catalogue is the first to deliver all 160 projects submitted in 2019 to the 5 competitions for the construction or expansion of elementary school in Shefford, Rimouski, Gatineau, Maskinongé and Saguenay. The official unveiling of the winners took place on Monday, August 24. CCC and to CRC-ACME for this intense digital documentation work.|
|2020/09/01||9 VIDEOS EXTRACTED FROM THE 27 BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS ON QUALITY DRIVERS IN ARCHITECTURE||
Fall 2020: these videos montages are available on the prototype platform of the Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment (AREA-BE)
To reach the playlist on vimeo :
|Jean-Pierre Chupin curator of the exhibition DEVOIRS D’ARCHITECTURE (6 elementary school competitions in Quebec)||Exhibition presented from September 24, 2020 to January 20, 2021 at the Centre de design de l'UQAM in Montreal (dir. Louise Pelletier) thanks to a collaboration between LABÉCOLE, LEAP, CRC-ACME and Centre de design. all details here|
|2020/10/31||Jean-Pierre Chupin named honorary member of the AAPPQ 2020||It was at the launch of the 2020 Reference Manual of the Association des architectes en pratique privée du Québec (AAPPQ) that the name of the honorary member she has chosen was unveiled, a title granted to a person who contributes to promoting architectural quality and enhancing the importance of architects in society. According to Anne Carrier, President of the AAPPQ, "this title is awarded to a committed individual who, through his or her career, contributes to promoting the architectural quality of the built environment and the importance of architects in society in general. This year, the Board of Directors of the AAPPQ wished to emphasize the importance, for the private practice of architecture, of cooperation with the university community. The contribution of research, based on knowledge, is indeed essential to identify, qualify and define best practices. This year's honorary member has played a pioneering role in researching and documenting the role of competitions as tools for creating and improving quality in architecture. » During this event, the 25 achievements selected by the Reference Manual selection committee were presented. Among them, the Science Complex of the MIL Campus of the Université de Montréal, realized by Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes | Lemay | NFOE, in consortium.|
|2020/10/19||Tiphaine Abenia wins the France/Québec prize of the thesis in co-tutorship 2020||On October 19, 2020, the Consulate General of France in Quebec City, following the recommendations of the evaluation mission of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and lʼInnovation, designated Tiphaine Abenia as the French winner of the 2020 cotutelle thesis prize. The French and Quebec cotutelle thesis prizes, in the amount of $1,500, were awarded at the Gala organized by Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) held virtually on December 9. Under the direction of Daniel Estevez (ENSA Toulouse) and Jean-Pierre Chupin (UdeM) for the individualized doctorate in architecture, Tiphaine Abenia's dissertation "Potential architecture of the Large Abandoned Structure (L.A.S.): categorization and projection" was defended in June 2019. An architect and engineer, Ms. Abenia now teaches at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).|
|2020/12/10||Aurélien Catros wins the Academy of Architecture Prize for the best paper of the SCAN’20 conference||After evaluating the quality of the research, scientific writing and oral presentation during the two-day conference, the members of the Academy's prize jury selected the winner of the prize for the best paper. This jury was chaired by Paul Quintrand, Former President of the Academy of Architecture. The Academy of Architecture Prize for the best paper of the SCAN'20 conference was awarded to Aurélien Catros, doctoral student in architecture at the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Chupin and Bechara Helal, for his paper entitled: “A categorization of BIM models within scientific models”.|
|3 awards for 12 undergraduate students’ work in the 2nd year (BAC) theory course||All details here|
|2021/01/30||An international student competition launched by the Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE) and the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, Mediations of Excellence (CRC-ACME) at Université de Montréal||How can design accelerate the transition from the end of the pandemic to a new experience of public transportation?
This design competition is part of a joint research initiative. The Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment and the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, Mediations of Excellence at Université de Montréal are working together to mobilize the creativity of young designers of the built environment in order to stimulate debate on the renewed experiences of public transportation for increased urban resiliency.
This 2021 edition is done in collaboration CRE-Montreal and ARTM. The Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal) promotes sustainable development for the City of Montreal. The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) is the transportation authority, which plans, funds, and promotes public transit and paratransit services for the Montréal metropolitan area.
This ideas competition seeks to gather:
|2021/03/19||3 seminars on new elementary schools in Quebec||On the themes of the classroom, the gathering space and the relationship to the context, 3 videos from the CRC-ACME put into debate teams from the 5 competitions organized by LabÉcole for new elementary schools in Quebec. Produced by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence, this set of 3 videos presents excerpts from 3 roundtables recorded in January and February 2021 with design teams of the projects submitted to the 5 competitions organized by Lab-École. These winning projects, finalists or submitted in the first phase of the competitions for the sites of Saguenay, Shefford, Maskinongé, Rimouski and Gatineau in 2020 were presented in the exhibition Devoirs d'architecture at the Centre de design de l'UQAM from September 2020 to February 2021. The pandemic did not allow the general public to discover these 160 projects for new elementary school in Quebec. These debates allow us to take the measure of the richness of the proposals. 1 - The round table on the theme of The Classroom and Collaborative Spaces presents different physical and spatial devices imagined by Quebec architects to rethink spaces dedicated to teaching and learning. - Panelists : Étienne Bernier, Christian Bisson, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Andréanne Dumont, Jérôme Duval, Bechara Helal, Sergio Morales, Alexandra Paré, Hubert Pelletier, Nathaniel Proulx Joannisse - Special thanks to Bechara Helal - Organization: Jean-Pierre Chupin and Alexandra Paré - Video editing : Julien Bouthillier - The organizers thank the three main partners of the exhibition: Lab-École, Centre de design de l'UQAM, Laboratoire d'étude de l'architecture potentielle 2021 - Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (www.crc.umontreal.ca) 2 - The round table on the theme of The Gathering Space presents a few variations and the dilemmas faced by the design teams become evident. Between spaces dedicated to very specific activities and "all-purpose spaces", architects must harmonize proposals. The versatility of spatial devices has its qualities, but it can quickly demonstrate its limitations. - Panelists: Randy Cohen, Katarina Cernacek, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Virginie LaSalle, Marie-Hélène Nollet, Alexandra Paré, Charles Laurence Proulx, Geneviève Riopel - Special thanks to Virginie LaSalle - Organization: Jean-Pierre Chupin and Alexandra Paré - Video editing : Julien Bouthillier - The organizers thank the three main partners of the exhibition: Lab-École, Centre de design de l'UQAM, Laboratoire d'étude de l'architecture potentielle 2021 - Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (www.crc.umontreal.ca) 3 - The roundtable on the theme of The School and its Context shows that a standard cannot satisfy the complexity and richness of a given site, and even more so that architectural programs need to be always adapted to their context. - Panelists: Philippe Ashby, Martin Brière, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Thomas-Bernard Kenniff, Guillaume Marcoux, Catherine Milanese, Lucie Paquet, Jessy Paquet-Methot, Alexandra Paré - Organization: Jean-Pierre Chupin and Alexandra Paré - Video editing : Julien Bouthillier - Special thanks to Thomas-Bernard Kenniff - The organizers thank the three main partners of the exhibition: Lab-École, Centre de design de l'UQAM, Laboratoire d'étude de l'architecture potentielle 2021 - Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (www.crc.umontreal.ca) TO ACCESS THE 3 VIDEOS: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7619270|
|2021/03/18||Lucie Palombi, PhD student, participates in a conversation with Phyllis Lambert and Joseph Hillel about the documentary “City Dreamers”||
For this 3rd online edition of Docu-conferences, the Université de Montréal Alumni and Donors Network is proud to welcome director Joseph Hillel, a graduate of the Faculty of Continuing Education, as well as two special guests: architect emeritus Phyllis Lambert and doctoral student Lucie Palombi, from the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Planning.
The documentary Rêveuses de villes takes us to the heart of our urban environments in perpetual metamorphosis to meet four exceptional architects, exemplary women, pioneers who - for decades - have been working, observing and shaping the city of today and tomorrow.
When: Thursday, March 25, 202, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Online activity, via Zoom.
Course of the evening:
5:30 p.m. | Welcome and opening remarks before the screening
5:35 p.m. | Screening of the documentary Dreamers of Cities
18 h 55 | Intermission
6:58 p.m. | Exchange and discussion with invited speakers
19 h 25 | Public question period (30 min)
19 h 55 | Thanks and closing remarks
20 h 00 | End of the event
|Aurélien Catros publie un article scientifique||Aurélien Catros, doctorant sous la direction de Jean-Pierre Chupin, publie un article remarqué dans...|
|The CCC and AREA teams finally reunited in person after months of teleworking||Students working on the Catalog of Canadian Competitions (CCC) and the Research Atlas on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment (AREA) work again in the laboratories of CRC-ACME. On the picture, from left to right: Jean-Pierre Chupin, Lucas Ouellet, Justine Valois, Charles Cauchon, Anna Zakahrova, Marc-Antoine Fournier, Andy Nguyen, Joëlle Tétreault. Picture: Aurélien Catros.|
|Aurélien Catros, PhD student at CRC-ACME, publishes an article on reconstructive game models||Aurélien Catros and Maxime Leblanc jointly wrote a paper on reconstructive game models. Their research was based on a comparison between the video game Assassin's Creed III and a 1775 map of Boston, with the goal of determining how closely historical cities are reproduced in video games. The pair are both doctoral students in Architecture. Their research will have highlighted the fact that a feeling of verisimilitude is achieved not through complete accuracy but through specific combinations of sufficiently accurate historic elements. Aurélien Catros is studying at the Université de Montréal, while Maxime Leblanc is studying at McGill University. If you wish to access this publication, it is available free of charge on the CRC-ACME website's open access publications page.|
|2021/04/08||Lucie Palombi, doctoral student in architecture, writes a post on the relationship between architects and literature||Why write fiction when you are an architect? If the role of professionals in architecture is not, a priori, to write stories, some of them have a privileged relationship with literature. This is the case of Sergio Morales, a Quebec architect (co-founder of Chevalier Morales Architectes, a studio based in Montreal) and Pierre Blondel, a Belgian architect (founder of Pierre Blondel Architectes, a studio based in Ixelles). We went to meet them in order to better understand the place that writing occupies in their practice as designers. If you wish to access this scientific post, it is available free of charge on the dedicated page of the CRC-ACME website, as well as a little further down on the home page.|
|Architecture in the primary school environment. Three seminars on new elementary schools in Quebec.||On the themes of the classroom, the gathering space and the relationship to the context, 3 videos from the CRC-ACME put into debate teams from the 5 competitions organized by LabÉcole for new elementary schools in Quebec. Produced by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence, this set of 3 videos presents excerpts from 3 roundtables recorded in January and February 2021 with design teams of the projects submitted to the 5 competitions organized by Lab-École. These winning projects, finalists or submitted in the first phase of the competitions for the sites of Saguenay, Shefford, Maskinongé, Rimouski and Gatineau in 2020 were presented in the exhibition Devoirs d'architecture at the Centre de design de l'UQAM from September 2020 to February 2021. The pandemic did not allow the general public to discover these 160 projects for new elementary school in Quebec. These debates allow us to take the measure of the richness of the proposals.The round table on the theme of The Classroom and Collaborative Spaces presents different physical and spatial devices imagined by Quebec architects to rethink spaces dedicated to teaching and learning.Étienne Bernier, Christian Bisson, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Andréanne Dumont, Jérôme Duval, Bechara Helal, Sergio Morales, Alexandra Paré, Hubert Pelletier, Nathaniel Proulx JoannisseBechara HelalJean-Pierre Chupin et Alexandra ParéJulien BouthillierLab-École, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielleThe round table on the theme of The Gathering Space presents a few variations and the dilemmas faced by the design teams become evident. Between spaces dedicated to very specific activities and "all-purpose spaces", architects must harmonize proposals. The versatility of spatial devices has its qualities, but it can quickly demonstrate its limitations.Randy Cohen, Katarina Cernacek, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Virginie LaSalle, Marie-Hélène Nollet, Alexandra Paré, Charles Laurence Proulx, Geneviève RiopelVirginie LaSalleJean-Pierre Chupin et Alexandra ParéJulien BouthillierLab-École, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielleThe roundtable on the theme of The School and its Context shows that a standard cannot satisfy the complexity and richness of a given site, and even more so that architectural programs need to be always adapted to their context.Philippe Ashby, Martin Brière, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Thomas-Bernard Kenniff, Guillaume Marcoux, Catherine Milanese, Lucie Paquet, Jessy Paquet-Methot, Alexandra ParéThomas-Bernard KenniffJean-Pierre Chupin et Alexandra ParéJulien BouthillierLab-École, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle|
|Lucie Palombi, PhD student, discusses the “City Dreamers” documentary with Phyllis Lambert and Joseph Hillel||
For this 3rd online edition of Docu-conferences, the Université de Montréal Alumni and Donors Network is proud to welcome director Joseph Hillel, a graduate of the Faculty of Continuing Education, as well as two special guests: architect emeritus Phyllis Lambert and doctoral student Lucie Palombi, from the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Planning.
The documentary Rêveuses de villes takes us to the heart of our urban environments in perpetual metamorphosis to meet four exceptional architects, exemplary women, pioneers who - for decades - have been working, observing and shaping the city of today and tomorrow.
When: Thursday, March 25, 202, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Online activity, via Zoom.
Course of the evening:
5:30 p.m. | Welcome and opening remarks before the screening
5:35 p.m. | Screening of the documentary Dreamers of Cities
18 h 55 | Intermission
6:58 p.m. | Exchange and discussion with invited speakers
19 h 25 | Public question period (30 min)
19 h 55 | Thanks and closing remarks
20 h 00 | End of the event
|2021/02/21||An international student competition launched by IDEAS-BE (Concordia University) and CRC-ACME (UdeM)||How can design accelerate the transition from the end of the pandemic to a new experience of public transportation?
This design competition is part of a joint research initiative. The Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment and the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, Mediations of Excellence at Université de Montréal are working together to mobilize the creativity of young designers of the built environment in order to stimulate debate on the renewed experiences of public transportation for increased urban resiliency. This 2021 edition is done in collaboration CRE-Montreal and ARTM. The Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal) promotes sustainable development for the City of Montreal. The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) is the transportation authority, which plans, funds, and promotes public transit and paratransit services for the Montréal metropolitan area.
This ideas competition seeks to gather:
|2021/07/31||New article in Sustainability about architectural education strategies in sustainable buildings in Canada||Jean-Pierre Chupin, Morteza Hazbei and Karl-Antoine Pelchat wrote an article about architectural education strategies (AES) in sustainable buildings. Their research led them to conclude that there are three strategies for architectural education in buildings designed to disseminate knowledge in the field of sustainable architecture in Canada; the labeling approach, the experiential approach, and the iconic method. Architects are convinced that architectural communication forms can be used as a language accessible to non-experts. Future research may therefore challenge the very possibility of teaching through formal language and aesthetic features. If you are interested in learning more, this publication is available for free on the Open Access Publications page of the CRC-ACME website.|
|2021/08/25||All the awards attributed by Canadian Architect magazine since 1968 gathered on a single map||Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment, in collaboration with Canadian Architect magazine, presents all the projects, buildings and places awarded since 1968 on a single interactive map and in a visual gallery of over 500 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 or unbuilt award-winning projects by students. This corpus was compiled in coordination with Elsa Lam, chief editor of Canadian Architect magazine, and the data was collected by the team of M.Arch. students led by Lucas Ouellet at the Université de Montréal: Charles Cauchon and Anna Zakharova. 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). For direct access to the map of Canadian Architect magazine list of awards since 1968: https://architecture-excellence.org/canadian-architect-map/ To access directly to the visual gallery: https://architecture-excellence.org/canadian-architect/[vc_single_image image="23751" img_size="medium" onclick="custom_link" link="https://architecture-excellence.org/canadian-architect-map/"]Jean-Pierre Chupin, PhD, MOAQ, MIRAC Professor, Université de Montréal, School of Architecture Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence https://crc.umontreal.ca/en/|
|2021/08/31||Announcement of the 5 winning teams of the international student competition launched by IDEAS-BE and CRC-ACME||
2021 Reimagining the Experience of Public Transportation in a Post-pandemic Metropolis
|2021/09/09||Aurélien Catros wins the Ray Lifchez Berkeley Prize of IASTE with his paper on reconstructive game models||The article "When Boston Isn't Boston: Useful Lies of Reconstructive Game Models" won the Ray Lifchez Berkeley Prize of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) for the best article written by students or junior researchers. The authors, Aurélien Catros and Maxime Leblanc, are respectively an individualized doctoral candidate in Architecture at the Université de Montréal under the direction of Jean-Pierre Chupin and Bechara Helal, and a doctoral student at McGill University under the direction of Theodora Vardouli. First organized in 1988 in Berkeley, USA, the 2021 "Virtual Tradition" edition of this biennial international conference was hosted by Nottingham Trent University, UK, and held online from August 31 to September 3. This year it brought together over 120 scholars and practitioners from many fields of study (architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, conservation, geography, history, planning, sociology, etc.) around the 3 themes: Theorizing the Virtual and the Traditional in the Built Environment; The Socio-Spatial Traditions of Everyday Life in Changing Landscapes; and Tradition, Space, and Professional Practice in the Built Environment at Times of Transition. The winning paper, published in the peer-reviewed journal Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, uses qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to infer the origin of verisimilitude of models used in video games that simulate historic cities. Drawing on Kevin Lynch's concept of imageability, he specifically examines the similarities and differences between a 1775 military map of Boston and the model of the same city presented in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III game. By comparing the monuments, roads, nodes, boundaries, and neighborhoods of the game model to the information recorded on the historical map, he demonstrates that a sense of verisimilitude is achieved not by total accuracy, but by specific combinations of sufficiently precise historical elements. The article is available in open access on the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence website.|
|2021/09/12||How to make the waiting for the bus more attractive and generate more community interest? New open access book||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.Cucuzzella, C., Chupin J.-P., Rondia, E., Goubran, S., (2021), Reimagining Waiting for the Bus, Montréal, Potential Architecture Books, 139 pages. ISBN 9781988962054|
|2021/11/02||All Governor General’s Medals in Architecture in Canada gathered on a map and a visual gallery||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.[vc_column width="1/2"]For direct access to the map of all Governor General Medals in architecture since 1982:[vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column width="1/2"]For direct access to the visual gallery:[vc_column width="1/2"]|
|2021/12/03||Between experimentation and standardization: Architects and engineers in search of solutions||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
|2022/01/18||Jean-Pierre Chupin and Lucie Palombi present doctoral research in architecture.||[av_video src='https://youtu.be/V8a1kZO1UGk' mobile_image='' attachment='' attachment_size='' format='16-9' width='16' height='9' conditional_play='' id='' custom_class='' template_class='' av_uid='av-kyk1vt7j' sc_version='1.0']Reference page for the individualized PhD program in architecture at the Université de Montréal : https://architecture.umontreal.ca/programmes-detudes/phd-individualise-en-architecture/|
|2022/04/05||Conference: Post-Covid Architecture (A Latourian Perspective)||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 . 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: email@example.com CRC-ACME: www.crc.umontreal.ca LEAP: www.leap-architecture.org|
|2022/04/26||Video of Albena Yaneva’s conference at the University of Montreal in collaboration with IDEAS-BE||[av_video src='https://vimeo.com/700520935/d95a1eb1ab' mobile_image='' attachment='' attachment_size='' format='16-9' width='16' height='9' conditional_play='' id='' custom_class='' template_class='' av_uid='av-kyk1vt7j' sc_version='1.0']
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 . 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 . 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).
|2022/04/21||Block 2 design competition||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.
http://crc.umontreal.caIn 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.
|2022/06/12||The Rise of Awards in Architecture, a new book edited by Chupin, Cucuzzella and Adamczyk||
SummaryThis 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.
PraiseThis 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 EditorsJean-Pierre Chupin, Carmela Cucuzzella, Georges Adamczyk (Eds.) by Dana Buntrock (University of California, Berkeley)
What Can Explain the Exponential Growth of Awards in the Built Environment?The various authors of this book have prepared videos addressing the key elements of the chapters they have written. Watch them below and learn more about architectural awards.Dana Buntrock, Professor, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley Chapter 1 - Big in Japan: What the Nobel Prize reveals about the Pritzker PrizeJTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2Nzg2ODAzNyUzRmglM0Q5NTI3ZDk4NTVjJTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNjAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Marco L. Polo, Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Toronto Metropolitan University Chapter 2 - Is there still a place for the Prix de Rome?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2Nzg2Nzk5OSUzRmglM0Q4MzI5MjA4NDU5JTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzODAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Carmela Cucuzzella, Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University Chapter 4 - How Do Green Awards Assess Sustainability?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2ODgyNzA1OSUzRmglM0Q3ZDdmOTAxNDIwJTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNjIlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Sherif Goubran, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The American University in Cairo (AUC). Chapter 5 - How did Canada Come to Host more than 100 Categories of Sustainable Awards?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2Nzg2NzkxMCUzRmglM0RkY2I1YmY1YmU1JTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjI0ODAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Aurélien Catros, PhD candidate, Université de Montréal Adélie De Marre, PhD candidate, Université de Montréal Chapter 6 - Are Heritage Awards a New Type of Conservation Status?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2Nzg2Nzg5NSUzRmglM0Q3N2JmZjliOTAxJTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNjAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Lucie Palombi, PhD candidate, Université de Montréal Chapter 7 - Do Architecture Book Awards Have Literary Ambition?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2ODgyNzIwNCUzRmglM0RhMjYzMjg0Yjg2JTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNjAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Alexandra Paré, PhD candidate, Université de Montréal Chapter 8 - Should School Architecture Be Recognized in Specific Award Categories?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2Nzg2ODAxNiUzRmglM0QyMTA5OWMyNWY1JTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNDMlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=Georges Adamczyk, Professor, School of Architecture, Université de Montréal Chapter 10 - What Can Students Learn from Architecture Awards?JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjc2ODgyNjg1NSUzRmglM0Q4Mzk4MGU2Mjk1JTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjI0ODAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0UlMEElMEE=
|2022/05/15||The FRQSC renews LEAP’s team subvention until 2027||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:
|The CRC-ACME coordinates a major research partnership funded by the SSHRC||
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.
|Conference-debate on the history of architecture schools in France and Quebec||Date: January 31, 2023, 5:30 pm.
Location: Amphitheatre 1120, Faculté de l'aménagement, Université de Montréal.
On the occasion of the publication in 2022 of L'architecture en ses écoles, une encyclopédie, we welcome Daniel Le Couédic, architect and historian, professor at the University of Western Brittany, and co-director of the book. Around Lucie K. Morisset, professor at UQAM and holder of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage, this conference-debate will also bring together two Quebec contributors to the encyclopedia, François Giraldeau, honorary professor at UQAM's School of Design, and Jean-Pierre Chupin, professor at UdeM's School of Architecture and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence,
SummaryWith its 704 pages and 341 notes written by 147 authors, this work is the result of a vast collective effort to gather and deepen, in an unprecedented way, a state of knowledge that was fragmentary until now. This history of architectural education in France in the twentieth century addresses multiple dimensions - pedagogical, professional, territorial, political, institutional and material - and covers a range of institutions involved in architectural education, such as engineering schools. In France, the history of architectural education was long reduced to its alleged shortcomings and to the story of the struggle of the champions of modernity against the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The earthquake of 1968 buried even the memory of that bygone era. The revival came from the United States, where the École had once enjoyed great prestige, but at first it concerned only the nineteenth century. It was not until the 1980s that the complexity of the things debated and experienced in the twentieth century began to be illuminated and, above all, that the investigations of architecture, its teaching, the profession and its practice were correlated. In this movement, one rediscovered the long exacerbated debate between the architects defending the Parisian monopoly and their provincial colleagues, which had preluded the creation of the first regional schools in 1903. The Regional School of Rennes - which became the Regional School of Brittany in 1984 - was the second to open its doors; its history thus allows us to understand all the stages of this bumpy path which, well beyond architecture, provides information on the reinvention of higher education in France and on the role it played in the structuring of the national territory. The discussion will also be based on another book by our guest: Le Couédic Daniel, Sauvage André, L'École d'architecture de Bretagne : Un siècle de fabrique des architectes, Châteaulin, Locus Solus, 2022.Download the PDF poster of the event: https://crc.umontreal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/20230131_Affiche_Conference-debat.pdf
|2022/11/21||Two grants awarded to Aurélien Catros, Ph.D. candidate at UdeM||Under the supervision of professors Jean-Pierre Chupin and Bechara Helal in the Individualized Doctoral Program in Architecture, Aurélien Catros has received two prestigious grants for his thesis:
|2023/01/17||A Graduate Studies scholarship for Lucie Palombi, Ph.D. candidate at UdeM||The Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee of the Université de Montréal has awarded the "J.A. DeSève" Excellence Fellowship to Lucie Palombi, a doctoral student under the direction of Jean-Pierre Chupin in the Individualized Doctoral Program in Architecture.|
|2022/12/15||A doctoral admission grant for Shantanu Biswas-Linkon||The Doctoral Admissions Committee awarded the Graduate Admissions Grant in the amount of $10,000 to new doctoral student Shantanu Biswas-Linkon in recognition of his academic record, research proposal, and clear motivations. Shantanu is enrolled in the Individualized Doctor of Architecture program under the direction of Jean-Pierre Chupin since September 2022.|
|2023/01/15||Two CRC-ACME doctoral grants for Paloma Castonguay-Rufino and Shantanu Biswas-Linkon||Two grants to support two doctoral students of the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence: Paloma Castonguay-Rufino and Shantanu Biswas-Linkon. These two $12,000 scholarships are awarded by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence for the quality of their academic record. Paloma Castonguay-Rufino is working on a redefinition of the notion of "industrial heritage" in the Canadian context, while Shantanu Biswas-Linkon is studying the notion of "social value" (Re-evaluating the Social Value of Architecture in the Public Realms through Inclusiveness and Environmental Justice).|
|Video of the roundtable: What is an architecture award worth?||JTNDZGl2JTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJ0ZXh0LWFsaWduJTNBJTIwY2VudGVyJTNCJTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwdGl0bGUlM0QlMjJ2aW1lby1wbGF5ZXIlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnBsYXllci52aW1lby5jb20lMkZ2aWRlbyUyRjcwMDUyMDkzNSUzRmglM0RkOTVhMWViMWFiJTI2YW1wJTIyJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNjAlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlMEElM0MlMkZkaXYlM0U=This debate was organized at the BAnQ's National Archives in Montreal (535 Viger Avenue East) on November 24, 2022.
Once a symbol of excellence and exception, architecture and design awards, which aim to reward achievements, have multiplied exponentially in recent years. We no longer count the number of companies, associations, municipalities and specialized publications that have set up their own awards, many of which have greatly multiplied their categories over the years. The situation is such that we can now speak of a veritable awards "industry", both in Quebec and internationally.
In this context, we may wonder about the value of these awards. Do they always reward excellence? Do the entries focus excessively on aesthetics, or even the "Instagrammable" side of architecture, rather than on the public experience? Why do architectural firms feel the need to participate? How can we ensure the real value of an architecture award?The event was organized by Kollectif, in partnership with Jean-Pierre Chupin, Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (Université de Montréal) and co-editor of the collective book The Rise of Awards in Architecture (Vernon Press, 2022) with Carmela Cucuzzella and Georges Adamczyk.Presenter: Marc-André Carignan, Content Manager for Kollectif
Moderator: Jean-Pierre Chupin, Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence, Université de Montréal
|2023/03/16||A new LEAP seminar: “Material Cultures through the filter of the Cecobois and Woodworks Awards” by Izabel Amaral||
March 16, 2023. A seminar presented by Izabel Amaral (UdeM) around a SSHRC Insight Development Grant: (in collaboration with Carmela Cucuzzella (Concordia) and Jean-Pierre Chupin (UdeM)
An Ecology of Wood Cultures in Canada (20032020): comparing constructive cultures through awarded architectural designs
At the intersection of architectural theory and cultural studies, this research investigates wood architecture as a symbolic universe that allows us to study the presence of nature in human culture. This research will theorize the diversity of expressions of quality in Canadian architecture, from the standpoint of environmental preoccupation, building culture and architectural expression. Considering wood architecture as a form of “cultural ecology”, it has the potential to reveal how Canadian cultures represent and symbolize their relations to the land and natural resources, as well as the cultures of its founding peoples.
Notwithstanding the interest in wood as a major alternative to fossil fuelbased construction materials, this research will highlight the symbolic spectrum of wood buildings, which ranges from local and indigenous traditions to ecological aesthetics, representing forms of making that rely both on traditional architectural practice or recent building technologies and computeraided design. We aim to better interpret and understand how advancements in architectural practice and building techniques affect the way architecture is envisioned and materialized in Canada during the past decades. In parallel to studying the influence of environmental considerations to architectural forms in Canada, we will make sense of a dissonance within the theory of architecture between ideas about the interdependency or autonomy of architectural form (visual appearance), material (what it is made of) and meaning (messages and ideals expressed).
|Students from Concordia, UdeM and Calgary participate in the Accessibility Professional Network Conference 2023 (RHF)||
From left to right: Catherine Gauthier (MArch, Université de Montréal), Morteza Hazbei (PhD candidate, Concordia University), Jean-Pierre Chupin (UdeM), Doramy Ehling (CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation), Marco Pasqua (Rick Hansen Foundation), Nooshin Esmaeili (UCalgary)
On March 1-2, 2023, several student members of the SSHRC Quality Partnership were invited to participate in person or online in the annual APN2023 Building Together Symposium, which brought together industry leaders, accessibility professionals, and global thought leaders to discuss how we can continue to build an inclusive and accessible world for people of all ages and abilities. (On March 1-2, 2023, several student members of the SSRC Quality Partnership were invited to participate in person or online in the annual APN2023 Building Together Symposium, which brought together industry leaders, accessibility professionals, and global thought leaders to discuss how we can continue to build an inclusive and accessible world for people of all ages and abilities. Accessibility Professional Network 2023.
|2023/05/27||Jean-Pierre Chupin presents neuroarchitecture in La Presse||On the occasion of accessibility week at the Senate, La Presse echoes the research coordinated by researchers from the Université de Montréal who are members of LEAP and the SSHRC partnership on quality. Click here to read the article.|
|2023/08/01||RAIC and Canadian Architect magazine present a summary of the Calgary convention by Jean-Pierre Chupin||
In a new RAIC journal article included in the most recent issue of Canadian Architect, Université de Montréal Professor and Project Director Jean-Pierre Chupin touches on new understandings of architectural quality and how the SSHRC research partnership has approached them so far.
Click here to read the article.
To quote this paper: Chupin, Jean-Pierre, « The New Social Value of Architectural Quality » in Canadian Architect, August 2023, pp. 15-18.
|2023/08/01||Quality Partnership agenda for 2023-2024 and an overview of the calendar||
|31/01/2023||Conference-debate on the history of architecture schools in France and Quebec||
Date: January 31, 2023, 5:30 pm. Location: Amphitheatre 1120, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal. On the occasion of the publication in 2022 of L’architecture en ses écoles, une encyclopédie, we welcome Daniel Le Couédic, architect and historian, professor at the University of Western Brittany, and co-director of the book. Around Lucie K. Morisset, professor at UQAM and holder of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage, this conference-debate will also bring together two Quebec contributors to the encyclopedia, François Giraldeau, honorary professor at UQAM’s School of Design, and Jean-Pierre Chupin, professor at UdeM’s School of Architecture and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence,
SummaryWith its 704 pages and 341 notes written by 147 authors, this work is the result of a vast collective effort to gather and deepen, in an unprecedented way, a state of knowledge that was fragmentary until now. This history of architectural education in France in the twentieth century addresses multiple dimensions – pedagogical, professional, territorial, political, institutional and material – and covers a range of institutions involved in architectural education, such as engineering schools. In France, the history of architectural education was long reduced to its alleged shortcomings and to the story of the struggle of the champions of modernity against the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The earthquake of 1968 buried even the memory of that bygone era. The revival came from the United States, where the École had once enjoyed great prestige, but at first it concerned only the nineteenth century. It was not until the 1980s that the complexity of the things debated and experienced in the twentieth century began to be illuminated and, above all, that the investigations of architecture, its teaching, the profession and its practice were correlated. In this movement, one rediscovered the long exacerbated debate between the architects defending the Parisian monopoly and their provincial colleagues, which had preluded the creation of the first regional schools in 1903. The Regional School of Rennes – which became the Regional School of Brittany in 1984 – was the second to open its doors; its history thus allows us to understand all the stages of this bumpy path which, well beyond architecture, provides information on the reinvention of higher education in France and on the role it played in the structuring of the national territory. The discussion will also be based on another book by our guest: Le Couédic Daniel, Sauvage André, L’École d’architecture de Bretagne : Un siècle de fabrique des architectes, Châteaulin, Locus Solus, 2022.
|Survey versus Competition: Simulacrum and Democracy||About the cancellation of the competition for the memorial to Canada's mission in Afghanistan by Jean-Pierre Chupin and Jacques White.
When it comes to judging art or architecture projects, an online survey is a "simulacrum of democracy" that cannot replace either a design competition or a real jury! Strongly condemning Russian-organized elections in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently declared loud and clear that these procedures constituted a "simulacrum of election". By cancelling the result of a competition for a veterans' monument, and replacing it with an online survey, his government has dangerously lost its way in a travesty of democracy that we must now reflect on in order to better react and, above all, prevent from happening again.
Survey versus Competition: Simulacrum and DemocracySeptember 11, 2023 Jean-Pierre Chupin, Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence, Université de Montréal (www.crc.umontreal.ca ) Jacques White, architect, retired professor at Université Laval, trainer and professional advisor for multidisciplinary and architectural competitions Let us start by recalling that the art, architecture and design communities have been up in arms since the announcement, on June 19, of the cancellation of the competition for the commemorative monument to Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Their frustration seems all the more legitimate given that the jury's choice was overturned solely on the basis of an online survey that was rife with confusion. Claiming to give a voice to veterans – an honourable thing if ever there was one – the federal government has discredited the jury's decision in a design competition, sacrificing in the process a fundamental principle of our democracy: respect for a qualitative collective judgement by a representative, impartial and informed jury. If this case were to become a precedent for public commissions, no architect, designer or artist would agree to their proposals being fed to an online survey. To judge the complexity of projects for public spaces, buildings open to the public and, in this case, public monuments, a survey will never be as reliable, fair and transparent a procedure as a well-organized competition. As academics and architects well-versed in competition practices, it is important for us to denounce the dangerous confusion between opinion and judgment. An anonymous online survey, even if accompanied by a series of questions, is not the equivalent of the deliberations of a jury representing the interests of the public, made up of members informed of the multiple issues at stake, who debate all the proposals – themselves designed by multidisciplinary teams – for long hours, and make a well-argued consensus judgment in the name of the collective interest. We could sift through the survey questions, compare them with the competition documents and demonstrate without difficulty how those in the survey remain superficial, closed and non-operational, while those in the competition target fundamental questions, open to design and useful in leading to a solidly argued judgment. The survey was carried out in a very short space of time, based on the distribution of project files, the complexity of which sometimes eludes the experts themselves. Even more dubious, the survey was controlled by so-called thematic questions, each formulation of which would have been an impossible design challenge for artists and designers. For example, one question asked which concept correctly expresses "the strong support offered by families, friends and communities at home during the mission." Respondents were also asked which proposals: "acknowledge the efforts of Canadians in standing together with the Afghan people to help rebuild their country and encourage understanding of the significance and scope of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan." Art, design and architecture cannot represent everything in a straightforward, simplistic and unequivocal way, especially when it comes to national symbolism. It would have been simpler and more honest to ask respondents to name their favourite project, but in doing so, it would have been more difficult to camouflage a purely political choice behind a cloud of opinions whose subjectivity would then have been obvious. A poll is not a collective judgment! Only the qualitative judgment of a jury constitutes a deliberative construction – a collective intelligence – and this is what makes it one of the most important democratic devices. It is true that many competitions – but this was not one of them – include a clause allowing the client not to follow the jury's recommendation. Its sole purpose is to counter any interference or irregularity in the competition process that might discredit the outcome. But in this case, the opposite is true: the sponsor interferes in a democratic process that it has previously approved by discrediting it, without valid justification. What would we say about a sports result or a film award that was cancelled out by an online survey after the fact? What if a democratic election were overturned by an anonymous online poll? What if a court judgement were overturned by an online survey pointing to the "real" culprit? Would not this all amount to revolting public lynching? The honor of veterans is respected neither by the disreputable refutation of a well-established procedure, nor by a political choice with an unconvincing outcome. This is not the primary aim of our analysis, but comparing the two proposals the differences are clear, as are the tensions between abstraction and figuration they embody. It is quite clear that the choice of figurative imagery was presented as popular and "validated by veterans", the better to place it in opposition to the choice of a jury of experts deemed abstract. The fact is that the jury included a veteran, a representative of military families and a former ambassador to Afghanistan, as well as a museum director, an architect, a historian and a landscape architect. There is even something contemptuous of the Canadian public in considering that a commemorative monument would be better served by literal images loaded with armour, helmets and shields, than by pared-down images evoking human sacrifice through timeless plays of light and shadow. With several other commemorative monument projects in the pipeline at Veterans Affairs Canada, it would be urgent to open the debate on contemporary creation in the service of heritage and citizens. Everyone loses out in this sad affair. The veterans, first of all, because you do not express "Canada’s deep gratitude for the sacrifices made by Canadians who served in Afghanistan, including those Canadian Armed Forces members and civilians who lost their lives or were injured"* by flouting a procedure designed to protect boldness, integrity and impartiality. Then there is the government, which has a duty to set an example in all its procedures, and to respect the commitments set out in its own terms and conditions for awarding public contracts. Citizens are also the losers, as the solemnity of the visit to the monument will long be blurred by controversy and doubt, and it is indeed confidence in a qualitative judging procedure that is the loser in this monumental failure. Finally, let us not forget the teams who devoted long hours and put their soul and expertise into their proposal, legitimately believing in their chances of seeing it evaluated fairly, in compliance with the announced rules. We can all the more understand their immense disappointment that, contrary to good competition practice, the government has not yet had the courage to share the jury's report. This sad situation is not irreversible. We see several complementary outcomes: First of all, and since public funds are also at stake in this affair, let us at the very least demand that the jury's report be made public as quickly as possible. Out of respect for the competitors, the members of the jury, and in a way for all architects, designers and artists – people of honor and principle at the service of the community – this report will constitute the first stone of a real public debate, impossible without it. But there's more. Out of respect for the veterans, let's ask the government to reverse this bad decision and award the project to the winning team. Finally, to ensure that this situation does not taint future calls to design and build monuments, as well as public buildings and spaces, we call on the government to respect – and even generalize – a truly qualitative and democratic procedure: the juried project competition. *Extract from the first question of the online survey. https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/services/art-monuments/projets-cours/resultats-sondage-monument-afghanistan.html Useful links: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/fra/remembrance/memorials/afghanistan-monument https://www.canada.ca/fr/anciens-combattants-canada/nouvelles/2023/06/le-gouvernement-du-canada-devoile-le-concept-de-design-selectionne-pour-le-monument-commemoratif-national-de-la-mission-du-canada-en-afghanistan.html https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/services/art-monuments/projets-cours/resultats-sondage-monument-afghanistan.html https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/chroniques/2023-08-28/monument-commemoratif-de-la-mission-du-canada-en-afghanistan/quand-le-gouvernement-trudeau-ecarte-les-gagnants-du-podium.php https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/idees/797709/idees-desaveu-nie-excellence-art? Petition launched by a group of artists: https://www.change.org/p/monument-commémoratif-de-la-mission-du-canada-en-afghanistan-combattre-l-injustice
|Jean-Pierre Chupin denounces the confusion between online surveys and project competitions in an open letter relayed by La Presse, TVA and Kollectif||"Survey versus Competition: Simulacrum and Democracy" - Open letter co-signed by Jean-Pierre Chupin and Jacques White about the cancellation of the competition for the National Memorial to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan. When it comes to judging art or architecture projects, an online survey is a "mockery of democracy" that can't replace either a design competition or a real jury! Strongly condemning Russian-organized elections in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently declared loud and clear that these procedures constituted a "sham election". By cancelling the result of a competition for a veterans' monument, and replacing it with an online poll, his government has strayed dangerously into a travesty of democracy that we must now reflect on in order to better react and, above all, prevent from happening again. First of all, the art, architecture and design communities have been incensed since the announcement, on June 19, of the cancellation of the results of the competition for the commemorative monument to Canada's mission in Afghanistan. This frustration seems all the more legitimate given that the jury's choice was overturned solely on the basis of an online survey that was conducive to all kinds of confusion. Claiming to want to give veterans a voice - an honourable thing if ever there was one - the federal government has discredited the jury's decision in a design competition, sacrificing in the process a fundamental principle of our democracy: respect for a qualitative collective judgement by a representative, impartial and informed jury... Read more on the Kollectif website In the press: See the article on TVA nouvelles, by Anne-Caroline Desplanques See the article on Radio Canada, by Erik Chouinard See the article in La Presse See editorial in Canadian Architect by Elsa Lam|