UQAM Students Propose a New Vision for Meadowbrook

Börkur Bergmann, a professor at the Centre de design de l’UQAM, in collaboration with l’Ecole de technologie supérieure recently conducted a study workshop on Meadowbrook and its surrounding area. Sixteen students presented five projects aimed at tackling the problems particular to the site: namely the protection of natural environments, noise, and housing densification.

Professsor Börkur Bergmann, students Anick Juneau and Julien Thibodeau and Cote-Saint-Luc city councillor Dida Berku.

The students concentrated their efforts on Canadian Pacific’s 4.5-hectare rail yards located at the western edge of the territory. The projects outlined various ways to create a protective barrier and to preserve the Meadowbrook land. One project, “Medina”, proposed a tiered residential unit development, reminiscent of Habitat 67.

Students Anick Juneau and Julien Thibodeau went off the beaten track, so to speak, with their project, “Haut Saint-Pierre”, by addressing the inherent problem of connectivity in this whole area. They directed their efforts on the industrial zone in Lachine south of the railroad tracks. Their proposal was aimed at linking Côte-St-Luc, Montreal West and Saint-Pierre by redeveloping this zone in three phases, the first of which centered on the section immediately to the south of a new AMT train station. Also on the program for “Haut Saint-Pierre”, a boulevard that would pass under the railroad tracks, circumventing Meadowbrook to join Côte-St-Luc. The first phase also included a market, and then the addition of small businesses in the subsequent phases.

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