Toward a Montréal Agenda for Quality in Design and Architecture

Montréal has embarked on a consultation process with its core departments and boroughs, with the design and architectural professional communities, and all public and private stakeholders concerned with development on the city’s territory in order to develop the first Montréal Agenda and action plan for Quality in Design and Architecture.

Montréal's design and architecture stakeholders : take part in the consultation on October 23, 2018!

The Agenda will set out a vision for developing a shared design culture through participative and inclusive processes and serve as a municipal resource aimed at mobilizing and engaging stakeholders in sustainable urban development.

Montréal has embarked on a consultation process with its core departments and boroughs, with the design and architectural professional communities, and all public and private stakeholders concerned with development on the city’s territory in order to develop the first Montréal Agenda and action plan for Quality in Design and Architecture.

Montréal's design and architecture stakeholders : take part in the consultation on October 23, 2018!

The Agenda will set out a vision for developing a shared design culture through participative and inclusive processes and serve as a municipal resource aimed at mobilizing and engaging stakeholders in sustainable urban development.

This process affects you because:

  • design in all its forms – architecture; services design; landscape architecture; industrial, graphic, urban, and interior design; experiential and event design – has the power to make Montréal more attractive and improve services for citizens.
  • your well-being and quality of life in Montréal rely, in large part, on how the city’s territory is managed, as expressed through its heritage, design, architecture, landscape, and public art – features that help to develop a sense of belonging and pride and contribute to the attractiveness of our neighbourhoods.
  • the time has come to accelerate the strategic and interdisciplinary implementation of design in all municipal practices and to boost the involvement of citizens who want to help strengthen Montréal as a city of design.

This platform aims to inform you of the major stages in the consultation process for developing the Agenda and to receive your ideas and comments until November 2018 by way of:

  1. a suggestion box: draw upon the principles of good design and tell us how you would like to help strengthen Montréal as a city of design.
  2. an interactive map: tag the locations, buildings, objects, parks, and other features that best express quality of design and architecture in Montréal.
  3. surveys*: designers! share your opinion on various ideas and challenges related to quality in design and architecture (In French only)
  4. a quick poll: vote for what contributes the most to the quality of you living environment
  5. or in person : on October 23, 2018 at the Société des Arts Technologiques

*About the survey: this survey (In French only) is aimed at designers practising in Montréal. Its purpose is to gather information and opinions, until November 30, 2018, about a range of issues as part of development of the first Montréal Agenda for Quality in Design and Architecture. ). In this survey, the terms “design” and “designers” are used in the broadest possible sense to represent all design and architecture disciplines as well as all professionals and technicians trained and practising in those disciplines.

If you are not trained as a designer or architect and do not practice a profession related to these disciplines, this survey is not for you. We urge you to share your ideas and comments using one of the other interactive tools available on this platform.

  • Suggestion box

    5 months ago
    CLOSED: This brainstormer has concluded.

    Please share your ideas and needs by answering the following question:

    Drawing upon the principles of good design, how can your quality of life and your well-being in Montréal be improved?

    Principles of good design: successful design is one that meets the needs and aspirations of the communities and users for which it is intended and that is inclusive, connected, and diverse. Good design translates into objects, buildings, arrangements, and services that have symbolic, cultural, and useful value; that are simultaneously well-integrated, durable, adaptable, functional, aesthetically pleasing, user-friendly, and interactive; and that create value.

    “Good” design is also, and moreContinue reading

    Please share your ideas and needs by answering the following question:

    Drawing upon the principles of good design, how can your quality of life and your well-being in Montréal be improved?

    Principles of good design: successful design is one that meets the needs and aspirations of the communities and users for which it is intended and that is inclusive, connected, and diverse. Good design translates into objects, buildings, arrangements, and services that have symbolic, cultural, and useful value; that are simultaneously well-integrated, durable, adaptable, functional, aesthetically pleasing, user-friendly, and interactive; and that create value.

    “Good” design is also, and more importantly, a process combining creativity and innovation. It is in fact a series of steps in which issues are identified and the best solutions for the given context are determined and then implemented. Creativity, meanwhile, is generative of ideas, and innovation harnesses those ideas. Design therefore connects ideas with the needs of a market, shapes them to make them practical, and makes them into products and services that are attractive to customers and users. Successful design generates value, and results from the concerted efforts of the designer, with their training, skills and experience, and of the informed client, who is able to derive benefit from them. Good design is a quantifiable benefit, not a cost. The added value of good design is measurable economically, socially and ecologically. 

    There is design behind every one of the components making up the city: parks and public places, the bike‐share network and cycle paths, signage, libraries, sports complexes, housing complexes, retail businesses, bus shelters, métro cars, worksite equipment, bridges, and so on. The quality of their design has a direct impact (positive or negative) on our day‐to‐day individual and collective perception and experience of the city we live in, work in or visit. 


    View All Ideas