How placemaking, design and culture is helping revive downtown Montreal

October 19, 2021 3:00 PM (CET) ONLINE CONFERENCE ON ZOOM
Culture and placemaking as a vector for economic recovery of global business districts


Global business districts are designed for connectivity and efficiency, which in turn attracts and retains businesses from around the world. But above all, as employers and cities fight to attract and retain the best global talents, they must be designed for people.

In the age of global citizenship and nearly limitless remote work technology, business districts need to be much more than workplaces – they need to be environments where people want to play, live and learn too. The key to getting there? Placemaking and culture.

How can placemaking help attract and retain talent??

What can global business districts learn from entertainment districts? 

Can a world-class business district also be a world-class tourist destination? 


Experts representing downtown Montreal will share their answers.

The Panel Themes

  • Key data about office trends and workforce behaviour
  • Keeping the GBD alive in the absence of office workers beyond 9 to 5
  • Human-centred design in public spaces and how joie de vivre lives with nordicity
  • The key roles of High Streets and entertainment districts
  • The economic impact of culture and entertainment for GBDs
  • The importance of stakeholder engagement


Marc-André Carignan Senior Project Manager - Urban Planning, Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles International