Morphology of the Metropolis: Montreal
Winter Term, January 2000
Prof. D. Rohan
Morphology of the Metropolis: Montreal provides an introduction to the historical, geographical, demographical, and regional evolution of the metropolis of Montreal. Important quartiers, the Montreal urban grid, industrialization, reform movements, geographical diversity, and urban culture are discussed. Local building techniques and materials particular to Quebec are explored. The basic concepts of urban morphology and their relationships to the contemporary urban or metropolitan context will be studied through the city of Montreal.
The course is divided into a historical component and a case study component. The former encompasses the history and development of Montreal from early settlements, European architectural influences, building booms, recessions, heritage preservation movements, and shifts in demographic immigration patterns. The latter component is further divided into local and regional issues. Local issues are illustrated by multi-use streets, planned and accretion communities throughout the Montreal metropolitan area. Regional issues deal with essential elements of the metropolis such as infrastructure and peripheral growth. An analysis of utopian theory provides the basis for new perspectives in city planning. The settlement and growth of Montreal is described as it becomes transformed into a contemporary 21st century metropolis. A field trip is planned to complement lectures.