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Les Midis-Séminaires: L'agglomération de Port-au-Prince, entre modes d'appropriation foncière et création des quartiers

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

For the second lunchtime seminar of the session, Pierre Martial Placide presents "L’agglomération de Port-au-Prince, entre modes d’appropriation foncière et création des quartiers".

For almost 30 years, Haiti has been marked by an incessant political crisis. This crisis, which began with the departure of the Duvalier in 1986, marks a radical turning point in the country's political order. It caused the collapse of the state and the breakup of the country's cities, especially Port-au-Prince. The change in the organizational order and management of space in Port-au-Prince is taken in a context of political crisis but also in a period when the cities of countries have become the object of concern because of the land dynamics. The urban population must be increased without the help of a supplier of equipment and facilities necessary to ensure a better living environment for the inhabitants (Michel et al, 2011). The number of inhabitants of the city of Port-au-Prince has increased disproportionately not only by the growth of the population but also by the rural exodus and the migration of other cities to Port-au-Prince. The Haitian state does not have a housing policy. Since the state is unable to implement a management plan through a policy that considers the different layers of the population, the inhabitants, although poorly appropriate space to their hands to make themselves a place to stay. In this perspective, on the one hand, those who have means, large or small will buy plots, purchase, lease or occupation to build a home. On the other hand, those who are not able to cope with the costs of plots enjoy the least opportunity, political unrest, natural disasters, etc. to squat or appropriate parcels. For these forms of land appropriation and many others such as inheritance, sometimes the games of professionals or those involved in land management intertwine. The expansion of the opposite city by building blocks that are close to each other to weld it to the main city.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion on Thursday, March 22 at room 3073 of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Environmental Design, starting at noon. Arrive early, places are limited!

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Les midis-séminaires: Les irréductibles villageois de Hanoi?

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

On the occasion of the first lunchtime seminar of the session, Francis Labelle-Giroux presents "les irréductibles villageois d'Hanoi?".

Since the beginning of the Doi Moi economic and institutional reforms in the mid-1980s, Vietnam has begun a rapid urban transition. The capital of the country, Hanoi, is at the heart of this process, which is manifested by urbanization of the suburban spaces of the city. The research behind this presentation, which is part of the Chair's project entitled "New Towns and Village Urbanization in Hanoi, Vietnam", describes the impacts of the peri-urbanization of Hanoi on the vulnerability to floods in Haiti. traditional villages. The outlying areas of Hanoi are the scene of two distinct but interconnected urbanization processes: the development of new planned developments (called "new urban areas" in Vietnamese) and the in situ urbanization of traditional peri-urban villages. Through a case study of a new urban area named "Van Quan" and villages adjacent to it, this presentation contrasts the roles that these two urbanization processes play in the emergence of different levels of vulnerability to floods in the surrounding areas. villages.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion on Thursday, January 18, at room 3073 of the University of Montreal's Faculty of Environmental Design, starting at noon. Arrive early, places are limited!

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New publication

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

Youth participation for Urban Vitality with Christel House Mexico Alumni in Mexico City -- Masters supervised research project by Georgia Johnson, student at the master's program in urban planning at the University of Montreal, in partnership with Christel House Mexico (CHMX) school, available here


New publication

Danielle Labbe

Les « nouvelles zones urbaines » de Hanoi (Vietnam) : dynamiques spatiales et enjeux territoriaux -- online publication available here.


Les midis-séminaires: Ici, ce n'est pas comme chez nous

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

On the occasion of the fourth lunchtime seminar of the semester, Marco Chitti presents ‘Ici, ce n’est pas comme chez nous ‘’.

This presentation illustrates preliminary reflections on the professional and cultural issues of technical assistance in urban planning, as evidenced by the strong voice of urban planners cooperating in action. Focusing on the project of cooperation "Jericho Master Plan" (2012-2014) in Palestine, the words of the local and foreign experts reveal a split practice between will of adaptation and cultural aprioris, between contingent constraints and aspirations towards an ideal

Bring your lunch and join the discussion on Thursday, November 16, at room 3073 of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal, starting at noon. Arrive early, places are limited!

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Clément Musil gives conference on Urban and Transit Development at VGU Binh Duong

Danielle Labbe

As part of its Monthly Research Seminar Series, the Faculty of Engineering at the Vietnamese-German University hosted Clément Musil, geographer and urban planning researcher affiliated with the Chair. On Oct. 31st 2017, Dr. Musil gave a talk at the VGU Binh Duong Campus titled "Integrating Urban and Transit Developments in Emerging Cities - Lessons learnt from Asian Experience."

Documentary projection

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

In 2016, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Urbanization in Global South joined the Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Department of Political Science of the University of Montreal to support the production of student documentaries on the struggles of people living on the margins of Southeast Asian societies in contexts of rapid development. 

Wednesday, November 8 at 16:30, we invite you to the amphitheater 3110 of the Faculty of environmental design for the projection of two documentaries produced this summer by students of UdeM and UP Diliman: 

"Leaving Bodeng" documents the last days of the evicted occupants of the iconic "White Building" in downtown Phnom Penh (Cambodia). 

"Pag-baylo: Losing the Land to Solar Farms" sheds light on the skillful maneuvers of large Filipino landowners to convert large tracts of agricultural land into solar farms that should have been redistributed to the farmers. 

Please note that both documentaries are subtitled in English.

An open forum with the filmmakers of the two films presented will follow the screening. The screening is free and open to the public. 

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Les midis-séminaires: Grandir dans une ville au Mexique

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

On the occasion of the third lunchtime seminar of the semester, Mélissa Raymond, Dave Sylvestre and Florence Vuille present ‘’Grandir dans une ville au Mexique: Trois études autour d’une initiative municipale en faveur des enfants ‘’.

In the wake of the international movement for children and the recognition of their rights, various levels of the Mexican government have passed laws in recent years that lead municipalities to put in place strategies of action targeting people under 17 years of age. In this regard, the City of Zapopan's strategic projects office has set up a program in 2016 to mobilize its diverse services in order to improve the living conditions of young people, in particular by interventions on the public domain in neighborhoods the most disadvantaged.

Last winter, three students conducted research in partnership with the municipality of Zapopan and in the itinerant seminar ‘’Regards Croisés’’ between the University of Montreal and the Universidad de Guadalajara. They will present their study on a municipal initiative for children. The same theme, that of growing up in a city in Mexico, three angles of approach:

Dave Sylvestre carried out a territorial analysis focused on the condition of the children of the municipality from the existing databases.

Florence Vuille analyzed the system of local actors and identified obstacles and opportunities for more concerted action on behalf of children.

Mélissa Raymond has led a participatory pilot approach to environmental diagnosis and intervention design with children in a disadvantaged neighborhood (Lomas del Centinela).

Bring your lunch and join the discussion on Friday, October 13, at room 3073 of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal, starting at noon. Arrive early, places are limited!


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Les midis-séminaires: La terre est à nous!

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

On the occasion of the second lunchtime seminar of the semester, Claire Simmoneau, postdoctoral student at the Faculty of Architectural Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning at the Catholic University of Louvain, presents ''La terre est à nous! La tenure foncière collective contemporaine pour l'habitat. Un éclairage Sud-Nord?''.

Collective land tenure in urban areas (for housing) is once again at the forefront of international advocacy in favor of urban inclusion, but also in the militant circle of the "urban commons" movement.

The seminar will present an ongoing postdoctoral research project addressing both the circulation of these ideas and the forms and effects of contemporary collective tenure. It will show that this phenomenon is part of an ancient critical analysis of individual private property, transcending North-South divisions and emphasizing the primacy of the social function of property. Community Land Trust (United States, Belgium, Kenya) and housing cooperatives (Uruguay, Burkina Faso) will then be exposed.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion on Friday, October 13, at room 3073 of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal, starting at noon. Arrive early, places are limited!


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Danielle Labbé receives the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

Danielle Labbé, chairholder and associate professor in urban planning at the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal, receives the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award for post-graduate supervision. The Global South urban planning specialist is one of the recipients of the 2017 “Cuvée des Étoiles de l'enseignement” at the Université de Montréal for his exemplary supervision of his students, harmonizing innovative practices, clear communication and regular feedback. Her proactive approach and the excellence of her coaching earned her this recognition from the academic institution where she has been working since 2012. Congratulations Danielle!

Les midis-séminaires: Les archives ouagalaises de Coen Beeker

Philippe Genois-Lefrançois

On the occasion of the first lunchtime seminar of the semester, Philippe Genois-Lefrançois presents ''Les archives de Coen Beeker: récit d'une résidence de recherche au Centre Canadien d'Architecture''.

Coen Beeker is a Dutch urban planner who worked in Africa during the second half of the 21st century as a part of bilateral cooperation projects. He is particularly known for having developed a method of restructuring spontaneous housing neighborhoods: the ''Méthode d'Aménagement Progressif''.

For a period of two months, Philippe Genois-Lefrançois had the chance to look in the personal archives of the urban planner. It will be discussed during te seminar the process of archival research as well as the implications of Coen Beeker in Ouagadougou from the late 1970s.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion on Thursday, September 21, at room 3073, starting at noon. Arrive early, places are limited!

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Francis Labelle-Giroux receives Rosedev Award

Danielle Labbe

Francis Labelle-Giroux, Masters' student in aménagement affiliated with the Chair was recently awarded the Rosedev Excellence Award for his master's project on periurbanization and flooding adaptations in Hanoi. Congratulations Francis!


Chair to participate in next JTD Summer School

Danielle Labbe

The Chair is organizing 5-days workshop on planning for Southeast Asian rivers and delta regions as part of the next JTD's Summer School in social sciences methodologies to be held at the University of Can Tho (Mekong Delta) July 7-15.

Mathieu Émond awarded JA Bombardier Scholarship

Danielle Labbe

Mathieu Émond, Masters' student in aménagement affiliated with the Chair was recently awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his master's project on tactical urbanism in Montréal. Congratulations Mathieu!

Jules Laurent-Allard to present work on Think Playgrounds at AAG 2017

Claudia Atomei

Chair member Jules Laurent-Allard, student in the master's in urban planning program at Université de Montréal, will present the results of his supervised research project at the annual conference organized by the Association of American Geographers.

His work entitled "Think Playgrounds : do-it-yourself urbanism shaping urban politics in Vietnam" will be presented in the Human Geography Poster Session II on April 7th 2017, from 8 to 11:40am in Hall C at The Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Perspective 360° : chair members present their projects

Claudia Atomei

The intra-university conference Perspective 360° calls on planning and design students to present their projects in 360 seconds or less. It will take place March 20-23 at noon, at the Faculté de l'Aménagement, at the University of Montreal. 

Projects related to sustainable urbanization in the global south will be presented by:

Francis Labelle-Giroux
"Stratégies d’adaptation aux inondations dans un contexte de métropolisation : Regard sur la nouvelle zone urbaine de Van Quand et les villages adjacents"
Wednesday, March 22, 12pm, room 3083

Dave Sylvestre, Florence Vuille, Georgia Johnson and Melissa Raymond 
"Grandir dans une ville du Mexique : Quatre études autour d’une initiative municipale en faveur des enfants"
Thursday, March 23, 4pm, room 1150

Students to present at Interuniversity Urban Conference

Claudia Atomei

4 student-members of the Chair will present their work at the first Interuniversity Urban Conference, organized from March 15 to 17 by student associations in the fields of urban planning and urban studies from Montreal universities.

Thursday March 16th, 10:15 am, INRS (room 2109)
Claudia Atomei - The Sidewalk Diet: Street markets and fresh food access in central Hanoi

Thursday March 16th, 3 pm, INRS (room 2105)
Valérie Fortin - La gestion coopérative d'habitations à Hanoi : une approche citoyenne à l'appropriation de l'espace

Friday March 17th, 10:15 am, 2940 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherin (room 1120)
Jules Laurent-Allard - Les enjeux politiques et les questions du droit à la ville soulevés par une initiative d'urbanisme Do It Yourself à Hanoi, Vietnam

Friday March 17th, 1:15 pm, 2940 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine (room 3110)
Steffen Lajoie - Gouverner l'adaptation ou adapter la gouvernance? Le plan national d'adaptation au changement climatique et la vulnérabilité des bidonvilles de Bogota, Colombie