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Chocolate cake model of a better Vendome (Montreal)

Inspired by Alex Gilliam’s talk, (at McGill University’s School of Urban Planning), Jason Prince and Molly Johnson invited Alex to lead a chocolate cake event and help Vendome's residents (in Montreal) to explore the future of their neighbourhood.

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The fun and hard working students from the School of Urban Planning put together the chocolate-cake-baking mission for this event (and I got the joy to join in as well). During the event people passing by (near the Vendome Metro) were asked to participate in the building of a chocolate cake model of a better neighborhood, and express in writing what would make Vendome a great place. Some of the recurrent wishes of the people were: greener areas, a cafe, better accessibility for those with mobility needs and better access to the metro. One of my favorite ones: Music!

Montreal’s Vendome neighborhood soon will have a brand new massive hospital and will have a strong impact in the neighborhood, however, not many of the people know about this project.

CURA (Making Mega-Projects Work for Communities) is working with Concertation Interquartier (CIQ), an inter-neighborhood coalition of community groups working with the mega-hospital to better integrate the hospital into the surrounding neighbourhood.

Alex Gilliam is the founder of Public Workshop, an organization that redefines the way youth and communities participate as citizens and leaders in the design of their neighborhoods and cities. Alex fundamentally believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. He creates inspiring curricula, transformative youth design leadership programs, innovative participatory community design tools, engaging events and thoughtful strategies that help people rethink possibility.

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