Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) is inviting you to register to attend the event below, taking place on December 16th, 2014 at the Faculty Club.
A Course Showcase: Design and Analysis of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods for Energy, Water and Food Independence
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” – Buckminster Fuller. This advice has been the guiding light during this Fall TISED course: “Design and Analysis of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods for Energy, Water and Food Independence”. Supported through a gift from Fondation 3E, this interdisciplinary class brought together students from Architecture, Urban Planning and Engineering to design this new model, i.e. this new paradigm for a living arrangement that would contribute towards rendering the many destructive aspects of today’s reality simply obsolete. While two groups explored the possibility of retrofitting an existing, conventional suburb on the Island of Montreal (in Dollard-des-Ormeaux) to make it autonomous in operational needs for energy, water and food, a third group explored the possibility of designing a brand new autonomous neighbourhood on a vacant, greenfield site (in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue). Professor Sevag Pogharian (Founder and President of MontrealZero) will provide us with his course’s context and student learning opportunities.