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  1. Rénovations à l'UQAM 35 millions d'investissement à l'UQAM. Remplacement de la maçonnerie. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1028715/uqam-travaux-espaces-publics-cure-embellissement-eglise-saint-jacques
  2. I do research at the UQAM science campus and sometimes I see candy wrappers, party-invitation fliers, or pieces of paper on the floor in the halls inside the buildings. This is explained by the large amount of students walking those halls every day, and by the presence of vending machines. This doesn't bother me a lot and I normally just pick them up and put them in the garbage. As you probably know, however, they are extremely dangerous, and the probability of someone slipping is much higher than you would imagine (the chance of someone actually falling is probably not very high but that's another subject, since it has already became a safety issue). A few days ago I saw a sign by the door of an office that read "SAFETY FIRST: NO LITTERING IN THIS AREA." The sign is still there. I found it interesting for various reasons: 1) It was in English (besides the occasional ironic science-related comic strip on the wall by the doors of some professors, I never see anything in English at UQAM). 2) It tackled littering in a complete different manner than the usual "it looks bad." 3) It is the first time I see a sign tackling littering in Montreal, and I think Quebec in general, and it was not official in any way! It was not even in French! (wait, now that I remember there are some signs that look like they haven't been changed since the 60s behind some alleys, and there is those posters that didn't seem to have worked). 4) This sign seemed to have worked. Now I don't know about (4) because it might be that the person who put up the sign had been picking up candy wrappers out of safety concern. But it would have definitely worked for me (if I were among the ones who litter), since the consequence on my actions suddenly goes from annoying some people to possibly killing a person. Anyway I just realized I don't really have a conclusion for this post so I'm gonna try to wrap it up... A while ago I saw a TED lecture by an advertising man on changing the approach to give new value to existing products. I wonder if something similar could be done regarding littering. Would there be less littering if people saw it by default as a safety issue? It seems to me like changing the approach would work. Well I don't think there is any approach here anyway. Most people in Montreal would see me as a redneck for even worrying about littering.
  3. http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/454283/uqam-le-pavillon-judith-jasmin-sera-agrandi L’UQAM entend procéder à des travaux d’agrandissement du pavillon Judith-Jasmin afin d’offrir des espaces supplémentaires à la Faculté de communication. L’université a récemment approché la Ville de Montréal pour lui demander l’autorisation d’entreprendre, dès 2016, des travaux d’agrandissement pour son pavillon situé sur le boulevard De Maisonneuve. Cette autorisation est requise, car la Ville détient des droits sur l’immeuble en raison d’une entente d’acte emphytéotique d’une durée de 64 ans conclu en 1974 avec l’université. Le pavillon est situé dans le secteur de la station de métro Berri. Directrice des relations avec les médias de l’UQAM, Jenny Desrochers a confirmé mardi soir que l’université souhaitait agrandir le pavillon Judith-Jasmin « afin de répondre à un besoin d’espaces académiques destinés notamment à la Faculté de communication qui loge dans ce pavillon ». Mais elle n’a pas été en mesure de donner d’autres détails sur le projet. L’agrandissement du pavillon Judith-Jasmin figurait dans le Plan directeur immobilier (PDI) adopté en 2011 par l’UQAM à la suite du dérapage dans le dossier de l’îlot Voyageur. Il était notamment question d’ajouter deux étages au pavillon. Mercredi matin, les membres du comité exécutif de la Ville seront appelés à se prononcer sur la demande d’autorisation soumise par l’UQAM. La Ville devra par ailleurs régler la question du bail emphytéotique, puisqu’elle s’est rendu compte que le document en question n’avait jamais été signé par les parties même si, pendant toutes ces années, l’UQAM a versé à la Ville les rentes qu’elle lui devait. sent via Tapatalk
  4. Champlain College to open Montréal campus BURLINGTON — Champlain College announced that it is leasing property in Montréal to operate a study-abroad campus starting this fall. Students will be able to choose to spend a full academic semester in Montréal taking Champlain College courses. Champlain’s campus is believed to be the first U.S. campus in Montréal. Ten Champlain College courses will be offered there this fall — the same courses that are offered at its Burlington campus. Students will pay the same tuition and residence hall rates as they would in Vermont. Study-abroad applications for fall have been coming in and the college is now working with an architect to renovate the brownstone building on Rue Sherbrooke that will house Champlain’s academic center. The college has also contracted with L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to offer student housing in a UQAM residence hall on Rue St. Urbain. This is a francophone university that offers Champlain students the opportunity to live with students from Québec and Canada, as well as a variety of other countries. “With our new campus in Montreal, Champlain students can make the most of the many international business, multicultural and learning opportunities that are available in that major metropolitan center,” said David F. Finney, college president. “The Montreal campus is another way for our students to internationalize their educational experience.” In addition to study-abroad programs at partner colleges in Europe and a host of international internship offerings, Champlain also operates a satellite campus in Mumbai, India. Courses offered in Montréal will include: Modern Canadian Social History, Creativity and Conceptual Development, Critical Thinking, Practical Game Design, Animating Characters in 3-D, Game Development Senior Team Project, Social Responsibility in Media, Conversational French, and a required Québec cultural immersion course. Nearly 30 students are expected to spend the fall 2007 semester in Montréal. In the future, students from other colleges will be able to apply to study at the Quebec campus. The Montréal campus is open to students in all academic programs. Students in Champlain’s electronic and multimedia and graphic design programs may be particularly attracted to the experience since Montréal is one of “gaming’s global hot spots,” according to WIRED Magazine. Québec is home to more than 50 electronic game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M and Electronic Arts. Students in Champlain’s business programs can study in a province that is among Vermont’s most important trading partners.
  5. 333 Grande bibliothèque et îlot voyageur QDS et UQAM Quartier international Lowneys Faubourg Québec
  6. UQAM's financial fiasco is a major problem for Montreal The university is key to educating our local workforce HENRY AUBIN The Gazette Tuesday, June 10, 2008 I'd argue that the No. 1 short-term problem that the Montreal area faces today is the financial fiasco at the Université du Québec à Montréal. (Long-term problems such as decaying infrastructure and adapting the region to climate change are another story.) It's easy to overlook UQAM's importance. Its not the most prestigious of the four universities that are the four pillars of the region's knowledge economy. Yet UQAM's role in forming an educated local workforce is arguably greater than that of the most internationally renowned school, McGill. That's because a greater share - far greater - of its graduates actually remain in the metropolitan area and make their careers here. UQAM's real-estate expansion has rung up a debt costing $50,000 a day in interest. It could reach half a billion dollars by 2012. To reduce costs, the university cut its operating budget by 10 per cent, hiked student fees and announced the elimination of 30 specialized programs (each of which typically contains four courses). In all, it's cutting $41 million per year for five years. But this is hardly enough. To be sure, the Charest government would never let the university downsize drastically. UQAM is too valuable economically. The political cost to any government would be too great. But there has been profound damage to the institution's reputation - which is ironic, given that the aim of the expansion, centred on the construction of two glittering new downtown campuses, was in large part to lend UQAM prestige. More important, however, will be the damage to the calibre of the education itself. How many professors will not be hired? How many more courses will be dropped? How many potential students will decide against going to university because of spiralling fees and slipping quality? The crisis raises two questions. The first: Who ought to pay for whatever is needed to bring the university back to health? The bill could come to about $300 million. Should the university pay? Or should Quebec taxpayers pick up this hefty tab? The argument in favour of the university paying for itself would be that it is the author of its misfortune. No one told it to build the science campus (completed between Sherbrooke St. and Place des Arts) and the humanities campus (unfinished at the Voyageur bus terminal). UQAM's new head, Claude Corbo, who has the unenviable job of cleaning up UQAM's finances, made the case last week that Quebec taxpayers should pay. I have deep respect for Corbo's record of public service over the decades, but his argument is weak. He said that since Quebec paid for the Laval métro's cost overruns, it should now pay for UQAM's. That would bolster the idea that planners of public projects can toss prudence to the winds. Indeed, as Quebec's auditor-general showed last week, accountability was dysfunctional at every level. UQAM's head at the time, Roch Denis, kept real-estate details from UQAM's board of governors, the board placed too much trust in Denis, the body that oversees the Université du Québec's six universities across the province was asleep at the switch and so was the person at the top, then-education minister Jean-Marc Fournier. The problem for his successor, Michelle Courchesne, however, is this: If she does the principled thing and makes UQAM pay for its errors, this could further harm the institution's quality. No one wants that. The second question is: How do you change the culture of laxity the is at the root of this project? The UQAM and Laval métro debacle are examples of a trend. Major projects in Montreal tend to elude serious study. McGill and the Université de Montréal wasted years dreaming up grandiose hospitals that, even now that their scale is smaller, keep climbing in cost. Highway 25 and U de M's Outremont campus have never received adequate study. And two big projects of the day, Quartier des spectacles and the private Griffintown mega-project are also avoiding credible scrutiny. I've written about this absence of checks and balances for four years. The void is as glaring as ever. True, the arrival of public-private partnerships (in the case of the hospitals and the highway) could keep taxpayers from getting hit by cost overruns. But PPPs address the management of projects, not their justification. The core problem remains After the Olympic Stadium fiasco, a provincial inquiry headed by the late Judge Albert Malouf urged screening of major projects by independent experts. How many more clinkers must Quebecers endure before politicians accept that common sense? - - - The knowledge economy's four pillars The Université du Québec à Montreal produces the second most diplomas and certificates of Montreal's universities. The figures are from 2006. University Baccalaureat Masters Doctorate Total* Concordia 4,379 1,080 72 5,833 McGill 4,665 1,499 345 7,608 UQAM 4,466 1,542 115 10,303 Univ. de Montréal 5,030 1,433 257 11,286 Source: Ministry of Education *including certificates http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/viewpoints/story.html?id=c694a84a-2719-4a9b-ac0c-b290eb76b092
  7. http://www.forumurba2015.com/welcome.html Le Forum URBA 2015 L'humanité est entrée inéluctablement dans l'âge urbain qui, désormais majoritaire, représentera 60% de la population mondiale en 2030. Ainsi naissent de nouveaux modes de vie, un homo urbanus, des cités dont l'organisation spatiale, sociale, économique et politique est à revoir pour s'adapter aux mutations. La ville rêvée est conviviale, pourtant elle se fragmente. L'exercice des pouvoirs se complexifie; les forces économiques et sociales se bousculent; la structure physique de la ville et de ses occupations se morcelle; les impératifs environnementaux forcent les choix. Une nouvelle culture se développe et de nouveaux concepts orientent les changements. Les principes de développement durable s'appliquent aux différentes dimensions de la ville, que ce soit la mobilité urbaine durable, la renaissance de la ville, des approches de SMART Growth et de TOD, etc. Le Forum URBA 2015, créé en 2005, constitue une plate-forme de réflexion sur les défis, obstacles et solutions auxquels fait face la ville rêvée du futur, créative, écologique, humaine, prospère, intégrative et ouverte, principalement dans les pays industrialisés et les pays en émergence. Le Forum URBA 2015 privilégie trois axes d'examen, soit la gouvernance, la qualité de vie urbaine et les infrastructures, prioritairement les transports, dont dépendent l'attrait, le dynamisme, la vitalité économique, l'équilibre et l'équité des villes de l'avenir. Une approche multidisciplinaire de transfert d'expertise constitue le fil conducteur des activités du Forum concentrées autour du colloque annuel d'analyse, de la série des conférences URBA 2015, des formations offertes, du centre de référence, du bulletin électronique de veille, du programme de recherche et des publications. Ce forum, rassembleur, prospectif, incubateur d'idées et de réflexions, souhaite contribuer à aider les acteurs actuels et futurs de la ville à s'outiller, à rêver à l'avenir à l'aide d'exemples concrets et réalistes qui le rendent possible. Florence Junca Adenot Directrice du Forum URBA 2015 Département d'études urbaines et touristiques, ESG UQAM sent via Tapatalk
  8. http://grandquebec.com/montreal-touristique/parc-emilie-gamelin/ Parc Émilie-Gamelin Le Parc Émilie-Gamelin se trouve au cœur de Montréal, tout près de la station de métro Berri-UQAM. Ce parc a été inauguré officiellement le 29 août 2005, mais la place était déja bien connue des Montréalais depuis la construction de la station de métro Berri-UQAM. Son aménagement évoque le paysage de Montréal, symbolisant ses terrasses par le biais d’un plan incliné de verdure. Les sculptures métalliques sont l’oeuvre de l’architecte Melvin Charney. Elles symbolisent la recherche de la cohabitation entre les paysages naturels et les espaces construits d’une grande ville. Le parc porte le nom Émilie Tavernier de Gamelin qui a consacré des fonds hérités de son époux, Jean-Baptiste Gamelin pour des oeuvres de bienfaisance. Curieusement, ce lieu semble être hanté par quelque force mythique. En effet, le Parc Émilie-Gamelin a changé de nom à plusieurs reprises. On l’appelle parfois le parc Berri, la place Émilie-Gamelin, la Place du Quartier Latin, le Parc du Quartier Latin, le Square Berri ou encore le Parc UQAM. Autrefois, on l’appelait aussi parc de Montigny, d’après le nom initial de la station de métro, Berri-de-Montigny qui fut changé en 1987 pour celui deBerri-UQAM. L’origine du nom Berri est obscure. On pense que ce nom réfère au colon Simon Després, dit Berry. Il fit acquisition, le 25 avril 1659, d'un terrain dont la limite occidentale constituait une partie du tracé de cette rue. Une autre version dit pourtant que le nom vient du nom de la province française de Berri, mais aucun document ne le confirme. Le Parc Émilie-Gamelin n’est pas très vaste, mais il est entouré d’institutions et d’organismes très importants: l’Université du Québec à Montréal - UQAM, créée en 1969, la Grande Bibliothèque qui est la plus grande bibliothèque au Québec, la station centrale d’autobus (autrefoisTerminus Voyageur) et la Place commerciale Dupuis qui abrite des boutiques et plusieurs organismes provinciaux dont le SAAQ et le Carrefour d’intégration du Ministère d’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec. Le parc est la porte d’entrée du Quartier Latin. Le parc Émilie-Gamelin est indiscutablement un des pôles d'animation les plus actifs de la ville de Montréal. Plusieurs spectacles, concerts et festivals s’y tiennent régulièrement. Le Parc Émilie Gamelin lors de la célébration du Festival Présence autochtone. Photo :Martine Geronimi. Le parc en été. Photo : © V. Petrovsky Voir aussi : Biographie d'Émilie Gamelin Quartier Latin de Montréal Station de métro Berri-UQAM
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