City Talks bring together city thinkers and builders to share their views on current practical urban issues affecting Montrealers. The talks are introduced by Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum, and moderated by Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director of Heritage Montreal.

Take a critical look at our city. Come discuss and debate issues related to its future! City Talks are presented in partnership with the McCord Museum.

The lectures are presented at the McCord Museum, J.A. Bombardier Theater (690 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal).
Free and open to all.
No reservations. Seating is limited. Arrive early.

Are you a Heritage Montreal Member? A few places are available. Reserve a seat by calling 514 286-2662, ext. 21.
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2017-2018 Talks

Wednesday, November 1, 6:00 p.m. | Illuminating Montreal: Innovation or Saturation?

There have been a growing number of installations as well as projection and illumination projects in the city as we rediscover the night-time urban landscape. What are the repercussions and benefits of this creative strategy for the city’s nightlife?

Sakchin Bessette, Co-founder, Executive Creative Director, Moment Factory
Josianne Poirier, Ph.D Student in Art History, Université de Montréal.
Conor Sampson, Architectural lighting Specialist, CS Design, OAQ

Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 p.m. | Montreal Under Construction! A Design Opportunity?

The need for repairs and reconstruction has resulted in an abundance of construction sites in the city. Over the past few years, special attention has been paid to managing these sites in a way that makes them more tolerable, even pleasant, for citizens and merchants. Can construction sites be a part of the creative life of the city? How can we prepare for the impact of construction while planning projects for commercial streets in our neighbourhoods?

Jean Beaudoin, Architect and Art Director
André Poulin, Executive Director, Destination centre-ville
Patrick Marmen, chercheur, Researcher, UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at Université de Montréal

Wednesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m. | Entertainment Districts: A Viable New Driver of Urban Development?

The geography of our cultural activities is changing with the profusion of performance venues in Montreal and its suburbs. How does this affect neighbourhood dynamics? Is it a sustainable approach to urban development?

Philippe Lupien, Architect and Professor, École de design de l’UQAM
Jacques K. Primeau, President of Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles
Laurent Lussier, Author, Le Quartier des spectacles et le chantier de l’imaginaire, collective work, 2015

Wednesday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. | Cultural Diversity and City Development: A Human Landscape with an Urban Identity?

In Montreal and the greater metropolitan area, many neighbourhoods and public spaces are shaped, defined and revitalized through the contribution of cultural communities. How can we recognize these places of diversity and their heritage? How do we adapt urban planning and urban land management to them?

Annick Germain, Associated Professor-Researcher, Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Bochra Manaï, Researcher, Teacher, Community Activist and Co-founder of Espace Nodal
Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent and City Councillor