Industrial sites: abandonment or conversion? - Musée McCord

Industrial Sites: Abandonment or Conversion?

City Talks

January 30, 2019

Lecture presented on January 30, 2019

Montreal’s large industrial plants and complexes are reminders of how the city prospered from trade and industry. The future of these decommissioned sites is a major issue for economic and urban development. This industrial heritage presents many challenges but also significant opportunities that should not be underestimated. How can these large complexes be transformed? How can such initiatives be carried out for the benefit of both the public and the metropolitan area?



  • André Lavallée, Consultant and former City of Montreal executive committee member
  • Natalie Voland, President, Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis
  • Kim Gallup, Designer and Director, Möbius4_ design architectural

Episode Summary

  • 1:04 : Introduction by Dinu Bumbaru
  • 6:30 : André Lavallée
  • 21:11 : Natalie Voland
  • 29:44 : Kim Gallup
  • 41:55 : Question period
  • 1:45:07 : Conclusion by Dinu Bumbaru

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For a seventh consecutive year, the City Talks series will bring together city thinkers and builders to discuss current practical urban issues affecting Montrealers. The talks will be introduced by Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum, and moderated by Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director of Heritage Montreal..

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