The Biosphère Introduces a New Permanent Exhibition

This summer the Biosphère presents MTL+, a new permanent exhibition that showcases 14 architectural firms who looked forward to 2067, and reinvented Montréal’s prominent infrastructure.

MTL+’s exhibition aims to find inspiration in the past and the present to imagine the infrastructure of the future.

Photo Credit: Environment and Climate Change Canada

The 14 architectural teams worked with biologists, sociologists and philosophers, who then validated their visions and worked to turn them into possibilities.

According to the Biosphère, social and environmental impact is greater when existing infrastructure is torn down to build new ones.

The MTL+ team suggests that innovation in infrastructure, planning, construction and project management is essential to adapt to climate change.

“The way in which we occupy the space around us and how we relate to the environment is at the heart of the architects’ visions of the Montréal of tomorrow. By its very nature, architecture disrupts the environment; yet it also allows us to better coexist with a fragile planet,” said the Biosphère.

MTL+ visitors have the opportunity to explore major urban infrastructure as an integral part of existing communities.

The exhibition’s designs feature utopian and realistic projects — architects were not subject to any technical or monetary constraints.

Photo Credit: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Together, with the Biosphère’s Mathieu Régnier, Philippe Lupien, architect and professor in environmental design at the Université du Québec à Montréal, co-organized the MTL+ exhibition.

Lupien states that though it used to be common to consult architects on their visions for large social utopias, today’s generations haven’t been called to do this.

According to Lupien, the exhibition tries to remedy the gap of discomfort between “a profession that would like to benefit from the optimism that allowed their predecessors to accomplish great projects, and a society that reacts to these initiatives with distrust” by betting that environmental sustainability and urban utopias can be reconciled.

To produce this exhibiton, the Biosphère received support from the Bureau du design of the city of Montréal, the magazine ARQ Architecture Québec, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the estate of Benoit Bégin.

The project review committee includes: Georges Adamczyk (Université de Montréal); Marc-André Carignan (Kollectif.net); Claudine Déom (Héritage Montréal) and David Paradis (Vivre en Ville).

The Biosphère encourages the dialogue between green technologies, applied sciences and environmental humanities to inspire their visitors.

Architectural firms and participating teams

1) AFFLEK DE LA RIVA
2) ARCHITECTURE MICROCLIMAT (& ENCLUME)
3) ATELIER BARDA
4) ATELIER BIG CITY
5) CATALYSE URBAINE
6) CIVILITI
7) COLLECTIF ESCARGO
8) CONSORTIUM VERT L’AVENIR
9) JEAN VERVILLE STUDIO
10) LUPIEN + MATTEAU
11) NÓS
12) PARA-SOL
13) PELLETIER DE FONTENAY
14) T B A


For more information visit canada.ca/the-biosphere

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