Understand the development of the UdeM campus

“We spend a lot of time on the mountain campus; it’s a living and working space, but we don’t know much about the built environment,” notes Claudine Déom. A professor and researcher at the School of Architecture of the University of Montreal, she is interested in the preservation of cultural, built, landscape and urban heritage. She is also the co-author of the book campus: a the architectural and landscape heritage of the University of Montreal, which is the result of the work of the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage.

So she accepted an invitation from Belles Heures to give a talk about the mountain campus. As part of the Grandes Retrouvailles Université de Montréal, the conference will take place on Thursday, September 29, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at 1375, avenue Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux, on the MIL campus. Graduates will thus be able to understand the development of the campus since the end of their studies.

Campus Development Update

While the development of Mount Royal’s north slope is the subject of much debate, Claudine Déom will take the opportunity to speak about the value of the campus’ heritage and the challenges of its preservation (environment, heritage and inclusion). The professor is particularly interested in the way we determine what constitutes heritage and the different voices involved in this process – residents, experts or elected officials. “Heritage is not born from heritage, it becomes heritage with regard to society at a given moment,” he reminds.

Mme Déom will talk about the big moments in the history of the mountain campus (the birth of the pavilions, the layout of the spaces) and will initiate reflections on the future development of the campus, especially within the framework of the new master development plan. “History is not meant to freeze something. It is there to bring another perspective to the decision-making,” notes the person who also collaborated with the buildings department in the preparation of this plan.

(Re)discover your campus

Because even though students, staff and teachers spend a lot of time on the UdeM main campus, it remains little known. Professor Déom tells how she made her groups rediscover the pavilion of the Faculty of Environmental Design, which they nevertheless visit every day. “They didn’t know it was a former monastery”, notes Mme Deo.

According to her, the architectural wealth of the campus is still underrated: “It is a true microcosm of the history of modern architecture in Quebec, which is represented in the mountain campus.” The various pavilions and landscaping testify to all the important periods of architecture designed by local architects.

The Faculty of Environmental Design will also offer a guided tour on the occasion of the Grandes Retrouvailles, right after the conference. Offered by Héritage Montréal, it allows you to discover the heritage of the MIL campus over two kilometers, from the Outremont neighborhood to the Faculty of Environmental Design.

Claudine Déom thus hopes to contribute to a better evaluation of these gems. “Leadership allows for recognition, which can bring a sense of belonging. Heritage is also a vector of identity and well-being,” he concludes.

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