Inhabiting heritage

City Talks

October 30, 2019

Lecture presented on October 30, 2019

The classification or relocation of a historic building can help it avoid demolition. But these one-off solutions don’t serve the huge number of heritage houses, whether historic or modern, grand or modest, in the city’s neighbourhoods and villages.

How can we reconcile their shared heritage value and their private or commercial use? What responsibility do owners and other stakeholders have? How can we define and maintain the authenticity of this living heritage?



Episode summary

  • 1:05 : Introduction by Dinu Bumbaru
  • 9:05 : Jean-François Nadeau
  • 20:45 : Marie-Josée Deschênes
  • 33:40 : Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers
  • 45:00 : Question period
  • 1:24:00 : Conclusion by Dinu Bumbaru

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City talks series

For an eighth year, the City Talks series offers a space for thought and discussion on contemporary issues that affect Montrealers: heritage, urban planning, metropolitan reality… Come share your viewpoint on our city.

The talks are hosted by Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director of Héritage Montréal, and will be followed by a cocktail reception

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