This call for best practices is Stage 2 of the Handbook of Best Practices development process. For information purposes, here are the main stages and milestones:
Step 1 – Portrait of Montréal industrial areas (May, June, July 2022)
The purpose of this initial research stage is to compile and to summarize the City’s recent actions and publications on the subject of the future of Montréal’s industrial areas, along with all other external publications deemed relevant. The goal is to outline the primary development challenges, the prospective vision of industrial (re)development, and known best practices that are transferable to the Montréal context.
Step 2 – Call for best practices (July, August 2022)
At this second stage, research will more broadly investigate best practices in design and architecture for the (re)development of Montréal’s industrial areas. This will be achieved through a call for best practices issued locally but also internationally via the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, aimed at assembling a set of conclusive case studies that can be transferred to the Montréal context.
Step 3 – Multidisciplinary working tables (September, October 2022)
At this stage, public- and private-sector stakeholders (e.g.: borough officials, design and architecture professionals, real estate promoters) will be assembled to collectively consider possible futures for Montréal’s industrial areas. The working tables will study and discuss the inputs gleaned from the first two research stages (see above) and agree on the design and architecture quality principles and criteria to be applied to the (re)development of Montréal’s industrial areas.
Step 4 – Drafting of the Handbook of Best Practices (October, November 2022)
This stage will involve combining the information from each of the research stages, summarizing what has been learned and drafting the handbook.