Student: Caroline Voyer
Advisor: Ipek Türeli
Studio: Design Studio Option (DST)
Year/Term: Fall 2015
Historically, the St-Lawrence River has played an essential role in shaping the City of Montreal. With its undeniable importance as the main seaway from the Atlantic to the rest of Canada, it has defined our cultural and patrimonial identity as islanders.
However, the relationship with the river has been disrupted in the past decades. New regulations restrict our access, while physical barriers disrupt our visual relation. To address this rupture, and following a global movement of urban waterfront renewal projects, the City of Montreal has announced a shoreline development program. Conceived in an era of urban re-naturalization, the goal is to reclaim those lost playgrounds as a social and territorial terrain.
Four sites have been envisioned for the construction of new artificial beaches, providing various levels of engagement with water throughout the year. It seeks to energize an area of the park along the river by creating nodes of activities where each and everyone may wander and re-assimilate Montreal as an island on the Saint-Lawrence River.