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Chapter 16:

An inventory of the street: case studies from Montréal

Carole Lévesque and Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

In this chapter, the inventory is presented as a pedagogical, research by- design process that engages with the street as both a multitude and a public space. An inventory is a situated exploratory practice of documentation and representation consisting of the exhaustive observation and recording of urban phenomena in ways that resonate with the subject. An inventory is also a practice of design that serves to register that which is and project that which could be. Through a series of student projects, this chapter discusses street inventories in Montréal, Québec. Through direct and indirect observations as well as methodological inquiries, these street inventories produce new ways of looking at and understanding cities and their streets. The novel methodology of the inventory emphasises the agency of documentation and representation with respect to streets, going beyond preconceived notions of design and disciplinary boundaries.

About Carole Lévesque

Carole Lévesque's work explores the representation and practices of urban space and architecture. Through drawing and various modes of representation, her research investigates the processes of abandonment and renewal. Co-founder of the Bureau d’étude de pratiques indisciplinées (BéPI), she is a full-professor and director of the École de design, UQAM, where she teaches studio, theory and criticism as well as research by design methods.

About Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

Thomas-Bernard Kenniff is Professor at the École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), where he teaches design studio, theory and criticism, and research by design. His work addresses the relationship between the built environment, design processes and society with a specific interest in public space and municipal architecture. He is the cofounder of the Bureau d’étude de pratiques indisciplinées (BéPI).

All chapters

Part 1: The social life of everyday streets

Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner and Jane Clossick

Chapter 1: The agency of small things: indicators of ownership on the streets of Liverpool and Belfast

David Littlefield

Chapter 2: Rituals of O’Connell Street: commemoration, display and dissent

Kate Buckley

Chapter 3: Street life in medieval London

James Davis

Chapter 4: Who owns the street? The cases of Lange Reihe and Steindamm in Hamburg

Bedour Braker

Chapter 5: Streets after dark: the experiences of women, girls and gender-diverse people

Gill Matthewson, Nicole Kalms, Jess Berry and Gene Bawden

Chapter 6: A tourist catwalk: the pedestrianisation of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Lisbon

Manuel João Ramos

Chapter 7: The streets that were there are gone… but Sailortown’s stories remain

Agustina Martire and Aisling Madden

Part 2: The form and use of everyday streets

Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick and Agustina Martire

Chapter 8: Vicoli as forms of proximity: Naples’ Spanish Quarter

Orfina Fatigato

Chapter 9: Spatial-structural qualities of mixed-use main streets: two case studies from the Amsterdam metropolitan region

Birgit Hausleitner and Mae-Ling Stuyt

Chapter 10: Kiruna, lost and found: identity and memory in the streetspace of an Arctic town

Maria Luna Nobile

Chapter 11: Foundational economy and polycentricity in the five squares of the pedestrian zone of Favoritenstrasse, Vienna

Sigrid Kroismayr and Andreas Novy

Chapter 12: Reclaiming streets for people in urban India

Deepti Adlakha

Chapter 13: Investing in (post-Covid) street appeal

Matthew Carmona

Part 3: Localography

Jane Clossick, Birgit Hausleitner and Agustina Martire

Chapter 14: Learning from Castleblayney: conversation and action in a small Irish town

Miriam Delaney and Orla Murphy

Chapter 15: Co-drawing: a design methodology for collective action

Antje Steinmuller and Christopher Falliers

Chapter 16: An inventory of the street: case studies from Montréal

Carole Lévesque and Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

Chapter 17: A walk between disciplines: listening to the composition of Ormeau Road

Elen Flügge (text and recordings) and Timothy Waddell (drawings)

Chapter 18: Mapping everyday heritage practices: Tivoli Barber Shop on North Street

Anna Skoura

Chapter 19: Urban depth and social integration on super-diverse London high streets

Jane Clossick and Rebecca Smink

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