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The fourth area, "Living
On November 17, the day of the event,
Environment", articulates the vision
of a more efficient, more inspiring,
healthier city. It includes questions
related to infrastructure, design and
the environment.
REVITALIZATION PLAN
This vision, constituting the general
basis for an economic revitalization
plan, is unifying in that it is centred
on a common goal: making Montreal a
more prosperous region for all. It was
therefore not difficult to enlist the
support of several community leaders,
who can easily see themselves in one
of the four areas of action.
The next step was to convince
these leaders to turn words into
actions. We asked them to use the
tools and resources at their disposal
to take action in one of the four
areas. The spirit of the operation was
that expressed in John F. Kennedy's
famous call to Americans: "Ask not
what your country can do for you, ask
what you can do for your country."
In essence, Je vois MTL was a "call"
for one and all to take action, to the
extent of their abilities, without
discriminating based on the absolute
magnitude of the action. The
important thing was to participate,
imagine an initiative and start the
process of bringing it into being. The
coherence of the actions as a whole
was to be ensured by the "story"
emerging from the four areas of
action that we identified.
AROUND 300 PROPOSALS
By the end of this preliminary phase,
consisting of a series of individual
meetings initiated by our team and an
advertising campaign directed at the
general public, some 300 proposals
were submitted via the web platform
we developed for the purpose.
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those who had submitted proposals
were invited to present them in one
of two "zones": the "workshop" zone
for more fully developed proposals and
the "laboratory" zone for those in a
preliminary state.
Throughout the day, the leaders
presented their projects in workshops
with around 15 participants. The goal of
these workshops was not only to present
proposals to participants, but also -
and especially - to obtain confirmation
and answers with respect to questions
surrounding each proposal.
171 CONTRACTS SIGNED
The almost magical aspect of the event
arises largely from the fact that we
deliberately "mixed genres". Je vois MTL
was by-invitation, and we succeeded
in attracting the leaders of the city's
large institutions in every sector:
university principals, the directors
of cultural institutions, community
leaders, students with demonstrated
leadership qualities, etc. These leaders
were then assigned randomly to the
workshops, without regard to the
prestige of either the workshop or the
participant. High-profile business people
found themselves in workshops led by
students who had submitted especially
original proposals, while some students
were assigned to workshops led by highprofile
businesspeople.
At the end of each workshop, the
person who presented a proposal
was invited to sign a contract with
a commitment, "before the Greater
Montreal community," to do everything
in their power to make their proposal a
reality. By the end of the day, individuals
and groups of individuals had signed 171
contracts. The 171 contracts represent
171 projects whose promoters have
made a commitment to bringing them
into being. Among them are some
bold, powerful gestures: for example,
the National Bank's commitment
to creating a park, decorated with
large-scale public art, along the route
between the airport and downtown.
Others are more modest, but still
demonstrate a desire in civil society
to improve and re-energize the city.
For example, the architectural firm
of Rayside Labossière, which is based
in the Centre-Sud district, one of
Montreal's more disadvantaged areas,
wishes to encourage corporate citizens
to beautify public space, by installing

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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