Research approaches in urban space
Magali Uhl (Sociology) and Ève Lamoureux (Art History) gave a master’s and doctoral course, in autumn 2016, entitled “Research approaches in urban space” (SOC8695, Department of Sociology, Université du Québec à Montréal).
This co-taught graduate course focused on research processes in urban contexts using a variety of methods designed to trigger reflexive and creative processes (poetics of public space, commented paths method, research visual devices, cultural and intercultural mediation, performativity practices, participatory mapping, etc.). Researchers and creators intervened throughout the semester to present their approaches. This course-and-workshop provided students with theoretical tools for designing research in the urban space, based on a field experience at the site of construction of the future MIL Campus of the Université de Montréal. The students have produced, beyond their reflections on the subject taught, a creative tool, which they explain about in their contributions.
Sharing territories: Parc-Extension
Carole Lévesque (Design) supervised an integral design workshop as part of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Design entitled “Sharing Territories: Parc-Extension” (DES8102, Design School, Université du Quebec à Montreal, Fall 2016).
This second-year Master’s program workshop aimed to deepen the know-how and tools needed to pursue an integral, interdisciplinary project. Through the development of a concrete collective project, rooted in current events – which here are the effects generated by the arrival of the future MIL Campus in the Parc Extension area – the workshop provided an opportunity to deepen the context, the knowledge and the issues related to the situation. This course also aimed to explain the roles of the mediator and of the designer of the environment and to develop their capacity to dialogue with all the actors related to such a project. The paper presented here presents the results of the workshop.