Passive >> Performative
Connective Interventions as Urban CatalystsMontreal | 2011
Design Team: Ali Fard & Ghazal Jafari
Two areas, Turcot Park and Turcot Complex are investigated further to act as examples for the possible localized urban interventions along the corridor. More than local conditions, these interventions, as a networked whole, provide a regional unfolding of the city as one travels along the corridor. This scenographic unfolding is complemented by a materiality reminiscent of the industrial history of the corridor and the various productive landscapes that have replaced the brownfields of the past. This project hopes to strengthen Montreal's position as a hub of innovation and a City of Design, through the emblematic and performative rethinking of YUl_MTL Corridor.
Turcot Park is imagined as an occupiable bridge over the infrastructural conduits of the highway, rail line, and the water canal. Both spaces above the bridge and under it have been programmed with urban activities that correspond the future development plans of the adjacent lands.
Due to its proximity to downtown Montreal and the proposed Airport Shuttle line, Turcot interchange presents a great opportunity for development of a gateway to the city of Montreal. An Airport station is proposed along with a convention centre and performance hall to tap into the international traffic of the corridor.