Montréal Announces the 2030 Agenda to Enhance its Built Environment

The City of Montréal has made a commitment to sustainability and creativity with the adoption of the Montréal 2030 Agenda. The Agenda makes designers and architects into front-line allies for achieving exemplary quality in design, and for negotiating the transition to a green economy with greater social equitability.

From left to right, front : Caroline Dubuc, Johanne Couture, Véronique Doucet, Frédérique Bélair-Bonnet, Anjali Mishra, Sonia Vibert, Sylvie Champeau, Marie-Claude Séguin, Marie-Josée Lacroix, Béatrice Carabin | Back : Rafik Salama, André Cazelais, Jean Laberge, Louis Routhier, Benoît Gariépy, Denis Lemieux, Diane Cantin, Serge Lamontagne
Photo credit: Mathieu RivardThe Agenda is inspired by best practices in design and architecture around the world. It took shape through a broad-based process of consultation that involved the city administration’s internal teams along with the design/architecture business ecosystem and civil-society stakeholders.

Montréal’s Agenda defines guiding principles for ensuring quality in design and architecture, and determines priority actions. According to the City, its objectives and measures will be integrated in all of the City’s current and future plans and policies.

“Montréal benefits from a rich pool of talents in all disciplines of design and a diversified, buoyant ecosystem of businesses, universities and research centres to ensure our economic vitality in a context of ecological transition,” said Robert Beaudry, Executive Committee member responsible for Economic and Commercial Development, Housing and Design. “I thank everyone who was involved in developing this Agenda, the first of its kind in Montréal. This process is one of mobilization and engagement toward a common goal: that of imparting a taste for quality in Montréal, and the means to achieve it, so that we are fully deserving of our status as a UNESCO City of Design.”

This initiative is supported by nearly 30 years of municipal actions in design and architecture, the expertise and reputation of the city’s Bureau du design, Montréal’s UNESCO City of Design status and the forthcoming adoption of a Québec Architecture Strategy, which will acknowledge the specific characteristics of Montréal as Québec’s principle metropolis.

Montréal was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, joining the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO, which now includes 246 member cities in seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music). 40 of the member cities are Cities of Design.

In attributing this title to Montréal, UNESCO acknowledged the potential of designers to contribute to the city’s future, as well as the commitment and determination of the city administration, other levels of government and civil society to build on the strength of design to enhance Montrealers’ quality of life.

Montréal’s designation was renewed in June 2016, on the strength of a 10-year track record cited as examplary by UNESCO.