Redevelopment of Avenue McGill College


Avenue McGill College, located in the heart of downtown, is one of Montréal’s most prestigious streets. It links McGill University to the north to Place Ville-Marie to the south, and some tens of thousands of students, workers and tourists travel along it every day.

Avenue McGill College is also rich in history. For a whole century, almost without interruption, promoters, owners, residents and designers envisioned a number of projects to transform it.

In 1984, this avenue became the subject of a public design initiative.. Avenue McGill College as we know it today, with its stunning views of Mount Royal, was protected thanks to action from Montréal residents.

The Avenue McGill College area is in full swing with the redesign of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, the arrival of the Metropolitan Express Network downtown and major private investments in Place Ville-Marie and the Eaton Centre. In April 2018, the city announced its intention to transform this famous street and make it a vast, unique and dynamic public space that expresses downtowns vitality.


Avenue McGill College, located in the heart of downtown, is one of Montréal’s most prestigious streets. It links McGill University to the north to Place Ville-Marie to the south, and some tens of thousands of students, workers and tourists travel along it every day.

Avenue McGill College is also rich in history. For a whole century, almost without interruption, promoters, owners, residents and designers envisioned a number of projects to transform it.

In 1984, this avenue became the subject of a public design initiative.. Avenue McGill College as we know it today, with its stunning views of Mount Royal, was protected thanks to action from Montréal residents.

The Avenue McGill College area is in full swing with the redesign of Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, the arrival of the Metropolitan Express Network downtown and major private investments in Place Ville-Marie and the Eaton Centre. In April 2018, the city announced its intention to transform this famous street and make it a vast, unique and dynamic public space that expresses downtowns vitality.

  • University students reinvent Avenue McGill College

    about 2 months ago

    On March 23, seven teams of architecture, urban planning and civil engineering students presented their inspiring vision for the future Avenue McGill College as part of a student charrette (intensive design workshop).

    In total, some 30 students from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and École de technologie supérieure participated in the student charrette on the redevelopment of Avenue McGill College. Participants had less than 48 hours to develop their projects to redesign Avenue McGill College.

    The jury was tied, so two projects were selected: Dunes givrées (Université de Montréal) and Adaptive Breathscape (McGill...

    On March 23, seven teams of architecture, urban planning and civil engineering students presented their inspiring vision for the future Avenue McGill College as part of a student charrette (intensive design workshop).

    In total, some 30 students from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal and École de technologie supérieure participated in the student charrette on the redevelopment of Avenue McGill College. Participants had less than 48 hours to develop their projects to redesign Avenue McGill College.

    The jury was tied, so two projects were selected: Dunes givrées (Université de Montréal) and Adaptive Breathscape (McGill University). Both winning teams, each in their own way, emphasized green spaces and a multi-purpose design in order to meet the varied needs of neighbourhood residents, workers and visitors. The city awarded them a $1,600 bursary.

    The student charrette was part of the vast design process the city has implemented to create the future Avenue McGill College. In the fall of 2018, the city launched the process with a public consultation led by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

    The university community contributed to the discussion about the future of the McGill College project, an area that has a large amount of student traffic. Winning projects will inspire the functional and technical development program documentation, which will help to orient designers who are participating in the international design competition planned for fall 2019.

    Students are sure to be pleased to find a part of themselves in the design of the future Avenue McGill College.

  • Residents and experts come together to define vocation for Avenue McGill College

    about 2 months ago

    The design concept for the future Avenue McGill College recently reached a new stage. In February and March, residents and experts took part in a positioning exercise to imagine what the future avenue could be like and reflect on its vocation.

    The activities were created and led by NewCities, a Montréal-based international non-profit organization, whose mission includes assembling and mobilizing communities around big urban challenges.

    Co-creation days

    On February 28 and March 1, some 40 local and international experts came together to develop new positioning for Avenue McGill College. By using the overarching themes that arose from the...

    The design concept for the future Avenue McGill College recently reached a new stage. In February and March, residents and experts took part in a positioning exercise to imagine what the future avenue could be like and reflect on its vocation.

    The activities were created and led by NewCities, a Montréal-based international non-profit organization, whose mission includes assembling and mobilizing communities around big urban challenges.

    Co-creation days

    On February 28 and March 1, some 40 local and international experts came together to develop new positioning for Avenue McGill College. By using the overarching themes that arose from the public consultation and other studies, they worked together to define the vocation of this public space by thinking about its users and the services and activities that should be offered. They also considered changing lifestyles, especially our work, study and travel habits, as well as how complementary the future space could be with other public spaces downtown.

    Morning for residents

    On March 2, some 125 Montréal residents joined experts to continue their work, looking at the positioning that was developed earlier and discussing each proposal from their point of view in order to improve and enrich them.

    At the end of these three days, participants had developed four positioning proposals. The city will select one proposal out of the four, taking conclusions of studies and public consultation results into account. The selected proposal will be used to create the functional and technical development program for the future Avenue McGill College, with a view to launching an international design contest in fall 2019.

    The positioning exercise is part of the vast design process the city has implemented to create a future Avenue McGill College that meets residents’ expectations and is worthy of one of the world’s loveliest downtown areas.

  • Invitation to attend a citizen matinee meant to spark further reflection on Avenue McGill College’s new vocation

    5 months ago

    Montréal’s downtown is undergoing a profound transformation!

    Within this context, the municipal administration is rethinking its downtown core, including the prestigious Avenue McGill College. One of the steps in this process consists of defining the positioning of this space, that’s to say the role it should play, specifically in regards to the services it will offer and the activities it will host.

    Local and international experts across a variety of disciplines are cordially invited to weigh in on this issue over a period of two days, notably on February 28th and March 1st, 2019.

    Residents will then be invited to...

    Montréal’s downtown is undergoing a profound transformation!

    Within this context, the municipal administration is rethinking its downtown core, including the prestigious Avenue McGill College. One of the steps in this process consists of defining the positioning of this space, that’s to say the role it should play, specifically in regards to the services it will offer and the activities it will host.

    Local and international experts across a variety of disciplines are cordially invited to weigh in on this issue over a period of two days, notably on February 28th and March 1st, 2019.

    Residents will then be invited to a matinee public consultation regarding the future vocation of Avenue McGill College, to be held Saturday, March 2nd. Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante will attend part of the event.

    The recommendations arising from this exercise will be integrated into the development program that will be drafted in the spring of 2019. The program will act as a guide for participants in the design competition, which will be held in the summer of 2019.

    The municipal administration has mandated NewCities, an international organization dedicated to improving urban life, to oversee this exercise.

    Registration
    Click here to participate in the citizen matinee.

    N.B.
    A light lunch will be served after the event. In addition, a childcare service will be made available free of charge (registration required).

    For complete details on the event, please contact the NewCities team at the following address: events@newcities.org
  • Continued reflection on the future of Avenue McGill College

    6 months ago
    Downtown Montréal is undergoing a profound transformation. It is against this backdrop that the municipal administration announced in April 2018 its intention to rethink one of Montréal’s iconic streets: prestigious Avenue McGill College. This process began last fall when the Office de consultation publique de Montréal was given a mandate to solicit the public’s opinion on Avenue McGill College’s future development.

    The municipal administration is proud to announce that the reflection process will continue this winter! On January 9, Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante and executive committee member responsible for large parks, green spaces and major projects, Luc Fernandez, announced that...

    Downtown Montréal is undergoing a profound transformation. It is against this backdrop that the municipal administration announced in April 2018 its intention to rethink one of Montréal’s iconic streets: prestigious Avenue McGill College. This process began last fall when the Office de consultation publique de Montréal was given a mandate to solicit the public’s opinion on Avenue McGill College’s future development.

    The municipal administration is proud to announce that the reflection process will continue this winter! On January 9, Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante and executive committee member responsible for large parks, green spaces and major projects, Luc Fernandez, announced that the NPO NewCities was given a mandate to organize and carry out a positioning initiative aimed at identifying the role of the future Place McGill College, notably in regards to the services it will offer, the activities it may host, and the different uses that will be targeted.

    For further information, please view the press release on the subject.