Aerial view of McGill's main campus in central Montréal. Mont-Royal is to the left.

Student proposal for east-central Montréal

Autoroute Ville-Marie in central Montréal is among the most massive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Montréal, and its negative effects on the adjacent urban fabric and nearby communities are still major issues.

Postwar suburban subdivisions: blight or cultural landscapes of significant value?

The Place de la Cité project replaced the fine-grained urban fabric seen at the left with megastructures. Some saw it as progress, others as desecration. The conflict continues to rage...

Vieux-Montréal

At the end of a fun and moving party in his honour, some friends, colleagues, alumni and current students gather around Prof. David Brown, who retired in 2014.

School of Urban Planning

Welcome!

The School draws students from around the world. Through our core Master of Urban Planning degree program and an optional concentration in Transportation Planning, we train professionals for the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in two years of intensive study, much of which takes place in real-life group projects using the Montréal metropolitan region as a living laboratory. Our aim is to give individuals the intellectual and practical skills needed to excel in the field and thereby to improve human settlements around the world.

 


Fall 2017 Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Lecture in Urban Design

Mark your calendars! On the 2nd of November at 18h, the School welcomes Kalen Anderson (Director of Planning Coordination in the City Planning Department at City of Edmonton and M.U.P. alumna) for a public lecture at Macdonald-Harrington Building (815 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 212). 

Unpacking Urban Development and Design

So you have a great idea. Now what? Is that enough to get the ball rolling? Spoiler alert - it's not. Moving from design intentions to actual implementation on the ground is about so much more than advancing 'great ideas'. Partnerships, power, politics and a relentless commitment to process and pragmatism inform urban outcomes as much, or more, as passion and expertise do. City-building is an inherently messy and co-creative endeavor where many professionals, community groups and governance bodies come together to negotiate and renegotiate urban spaces over time. As we build our human habitats, together, we can influence the urban design of our communities to build great places for people  This only works if we're authentically building them with people the whole way through.

 

 

The School in the media 

Media attention is being drawn to an important new report that was prepared by McGill's UPGo researchers (Prof. David Wachsmuth, Danielle Kerrigan, David Chaney, and Andrea Shillolo) on the increasing commercialization of short-term rentals (such as AirBnB) in Canada and what cities should do about it.

Student Supervised Research Project featured in the Montreal Gazette: St-Luc rail yards relocation could earn CP half-billion dollars: Libman

Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy has been appointed for 4 years as a board member of the newly established transport planning authority for Montreal, Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM).

Charis Loong's first chapter from her Master's research project co-authored with Dea van Lierop and Ahmed El-Geneidy was recently featured in City Lab, Next City, and New York Magazine's Science of US section. Prof. El-Geneidy was interviewed by Global News and Metro News in Toronto regarding the same study.

Prof. Ahmed El-Geneidy was interviewed by Jason Magder for the Montreal Gazette regarding the new Light Rail Project (REM) proposed by CDPQ for Montreal.

 


Visiting Professor

Prof. Julian Agyeman PhD FRSA FRGS will be Visiting Professor, School of Urban Planning for the academic year 2017-2018.

Julian is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of "just sustainabilities", the full integration of social justice and sustainability. As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship.  He thrives a the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges, disciplines and methodologies which he utilizes in creative and original ways in his research. 

While at McGill he will be giving a public lecture, teaching a class in the Winter Term and working on a book "Immigration, Immigrants, Agriculture and Food in North America".  He will also be working with The McConnell Foundation on its Cities for People and Future Cities programmes.  He is happy to meet with students whose interests overlap with his.  You can find out more about him on his website. 

 


Admissions for the academic year beginning in September 2018 

The deadline for applications to the M.U.P. programme is 15 January 2018. The School is pleased to announce that its Concentration in Urban Design will be reinstated in 2018 with an exciting new lineup of courses and practice-related objectives. Programme revisions are now in the approval process. Further details will be posted here in December 2017.