"Billboards and the Urban Landsape" - McCord Museum

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Series of lectures

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Archives de la Ville de Montréal, secteur du Red Light (détail), 1957, P127D1_030 / Archives of the City of Montreal, Red Light District (detail), 1957, P127D1_030


City Talks

In the 19th century, billboards gradually became symbols of a city’s dynamism. Today, our collective awareness of built heritage and the urban landscape is giving rise to new issues. While some outdoor advertising icons are integral to the Montreal identity, certain practices are clear contributors to visual pollution. Can billboard and landscape truly coexist in harmony?


  • Jean-Jacques Stréliski, Respected publicist and Associate Professor, HEC Montréal, Department of Marketing
  • Julie St-Arnault, Senior Landscape Architect, Senior Partner, Vlan paysages
  • Matt Soar, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University, and founder of the Montreal Signs Project

City Talks is a series of lectures bringing  together city thinkers  and builders to share their views on current practical urban issues affecting Montrealers.

Upcoming lectures:

March 9, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Montreal Neighbourhoods: An Opportunity for Social Diversity?

May 11, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Urban Agriculture: Imperative Innovation or Flavour of the Month?

The lectures are followed by an informal and friendly chat over a glass  of wine.
Location:  J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum
Member privilege:  Museum Members can make reservations for activities. They  also have unlimited free access to the McCord Museum, Stewart Museum, and a host of other privileges. Reserve your seat! Become a Member today!

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