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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

CETASE organizes the "Asia(s): Challenges, Tensions, and Mobilities" conference

Claudia Atomei

The international conference Asia(s): Challenges, Tensions, and Mobilities: Interdisciplinary Approaches. will be held at the Carrefour des arts et des sciences at the University of Montreal on March 9 and 10, 2017, as part of CÉRIUM's annual conference organized in collaboration with the Centre d’Études de l’Asie de l’Est (CETASE) and the Research Pole on India and South Asia (PRIAS).

This free event, open to all, will examine a wide range of political, economic and sociocultural issues faced by these regions, including labour and law, urbanization, migrations and diasporas, minorities and women rights, new threats (from environmental challenges to security issues) and global health. 

Launching the Chair's Lunch and Learn seminar series

Claudia Atomei

The Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Urbanization in the Global South launches its Lunch and Learn seminar series!

From February 16 to April 20, 2017, this weekly casual event will allow students, researchers and professors to discover the work of the members of the Chair and to discuss the challenges of conducting research in the global South for design and planning disciplines.

The seminars will take place on the premises of the Faculté de l'Aménagement at the Université de Montréal.

We start next week - we will be waiting for you next Thursday, February 16th in room 3073 starting at 12:10 pm. Arrive early, seats are limited!

Stay tuned for details and upcoming Chair events via our Facebook page.

Gabriel Larue to participate in the mini-conference "Urban Identities" at UQAM

Claudia Atomei

Gabriel Larue - master's student in urban planning at the University of Montreal - will present a project entitled "Vietnam in the midst of change: identity impregnation in Hanoi", focusing on one of the first "new urban areas" projects in Hanoi. This project is the result of a seminar in urban studies held at UQAM in the fall of 2016.

The mini-conference is organized by the Canada Research Chair in Urban Heritage and the Groupe interuniversitaire de recherche sur les paysages de la patrimonialisation, la ville et les identités urbaines (PARVI) and will take place on January 30, 2017 at UQAM.

Publication: Street markets and fresh food access in Hanoi, Vietnam

Claudia Atomei

Claudia Atomei - master's student in urban planning at the University of Montreal - publishes the results of a study carried out as part of her supervised research project, in partnership with NGO HealthBridge. The project focuses on the access to fresh food in the central districts of Hanoi and the impacts of a modernization of the food system currently supported by the local government.

Marco Chitti is Awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Danielle Labbe

Marco Chitti

Marco Chitti

In May 2016, Marco Chitti -- PhD student affiliated to the CRC in Sustainable Urbanization in the Global South -- was awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his doctoral project titled "Entre experts locaux et internationaux : les agents de la diffusion des modèles d’urbanisme dans les pays en développement. Le cas des projets de coopération technique en Palestine."

Publication: Asia-Pacific Memo on Skateboarding and Parkour in Hanoi

Danielle Labbe

Stephanie Geertman (former member of the Hanoi Youth and Public Space research team) publishes a blog in the Asia-Pacific Memo series titled "Skateboarder Traceurs and Changes in Urban Space and Social Practices in Hanoi". It is available here. This is an outcome of a SSHRC-funded project which can be explored here.

Skateboarding on the base of Lenin's statue at Lenin Square. Source: Geertman, June 2015

Skateboarding on the base of Lenin's statue at Lenin Square. Source: Geertman, June 2015

Event: International Workshop - new cities and migration

Olivier Jacques

The DIDA Department of Architecture of the University of Florence and the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal - with the participation of Giovanni De Paoli, Gonzalo Lizarralde, Danielle Labbé, Faten Kikano, Anne-Marie Petter - propose an International workshop inviting students, professors and researchers to reflect on the theme of “cities for refugees and migrants”. It will address the issue of territories’ and cities’ resilience to social changes, political changes and environmental changes: what are the new issues challenging the city today? Who will live in the city? How a "public city" could tackle cohesion in changes and migration? What are the possible forms of cohabitation?

The workshop will be held in Florence from 12 to 19 September.

See details and programmin

Conference Annoncement: Marie Gibert on Saigon's Public Spaces

Danielle Labbe

Title: Repenser la production des espaces publics contemporains au Vietnam
Réflexions à partir de Ho Chi Minh Ville
 by Marie Gibert, maître de conférences in Geography -- Université Paris Diderot, Département d’études de l’Asie Orientale (UFR LCAO). 

When: Monday Sept 19th 2016, from 5-7 pm

Where: Room 180, ground floor, Pavillon 3744 Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal

Organized by: Centre d'étude de l'Asie de l'Est, Research Group ECTASE & the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Urbanization in the Global South


Reinventerra Documentary Premiere

Danielle Labbe

Two students affiliated with the REINVENTERRA network collaborated with two Philippino students to produce a documentary on periurban issues in Cebu (Visayas region, Philippines). Their documentary was screened for the first time this week at UP-Diliman (Manille). See the announcement here.