During a unique gathering — the Pecha Kucha Night For Elected Officials — held at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) on September 30, the Mayor of Montréal and 13 mayors of boroughs and cities within the Montréal agglomeration shared their vision of the attractiveness and potential of their respective territories with more than 400 designers, architects and planners. Some of the elected officials pointed to specific challenges of urban development and called upon designers to harness their creativity to help meet those challenges, while others highlighted worthy achievements in design and planning in their communities.
In keeping with the Pecha Kucha formula, the participating elected officials each had 6 minutes and 40 seconds to share their vision of urban development, using 20 slides that were each displayed for 20 seconds.
This unique event speaks to citizens’ growing interest in the quality of urban landscapes, their environment and the challenges of development in the city. Elected officials — who are the builders of Montréal via their responsibilities in the area of urban design — directly addressed designers, who place their creative talents at the service of shaping Montrealers’ living environment.
This initiative is a production of the Design Montréal office, the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at Université de Montréal and the Pecha Kucha Montréal team. It is supported by four major partners: the Ville de Montréal, the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine (through the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montréal), the Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions du Québec and the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal.