Lambert-Closse Schoolyard Regeneration Project, Montreal (Canada)
Play benches for schoolyard recently regenerated by the parent-run Schoolyard Committee. The project began as a student design-build competition and was fabricated in collaboration with specialists at a precast concrete plant. The project was one of four interrelated projects involving different cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural groups. The projects of this case study demonstrate that a team can be organised around other possible motivators: not only the direct benefits of a completed work, but also a wide scope of indirect benefits and intangibles accrued during the process, including: social and professional network building, education and research opportunities, skills development, public recognition. This makes a case for the use of parallel economies in community-based projects, where knowledge and services are the primary form of exchange,rather than capital.
Research questions pursued by project: To find an alternative to a generic design solution dictated by budgetary and time constraints; To offer a real-life design opportunity of appropriate scale and relevance to a class of architecture students.
Tutor: Richard Klopp
Students: McGill School of Architecture
Clients: École Lambert-Closse; City of Montreal School Board, Mile End Community
Landscape Architect: NIP Paysage
Contractor: Groupe Tremca precast concrete plant