A finalist in Montreal, Canoë, intends to activate the historic Cour de voirie de la Commune into a “hub for thinkers and creators involved in reinventing the city to make Montreal more sustainable, inclusive, efficient while it shares and connects to similar hubs around the world.” Cour de voirie de la Commune is positioned as a gateway to the city, making it the perfect spot to test out sustainable design strategies that benefit residents and visitors alike.
Based around the idea of a “green heart”, development plans for Canoë set forth a newly envisioned center of community with affordable housing, transportation infrastructure, retail and commerce spaces, and gathering points – each supported with detailed research on energy use, green building techniques, and climate adaptive resilient strategies.
The Canoë consortium brings together architects and consultants including White Arkitekter AB, Rubin & Rotman Architects, ARUP, Convercité, and Metabuild, all of whom will collaborate on planning, design, and building if the project wins the Montreal portion of the Reinventing Cities competition. Playing a key role alongside architects, Metabuild will identify optimal combinations of building components like materials, glazing, heating and cooling systems for maximum energy efficiency and comfort.
Canoë will set the stage for Montreal and cities the world over to build new sustainable centers of civic life. The project demonstrates the possibilities of collaboration and community engagement for realistic and lasting sustainable development that will help the fight against global warming.
Speaking about Reinventing Cities, architect Sou Fujimoto says, “This is a vision for the future, to integrate nature and architecture together, to create new lifestyles for people.” Just as they have played a big role in creating large amounts of carbon emissions, the building and construction industries have the opportunity to lead their reduction in the future and create healthier, happier cities.
Cooperation like that of the Canoë team and the use of innovative technologies help us design and plan for less wasteful, energy consuming buildings, reducing the drastic effects of climate change is possible.