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From UdeM: How can we collect the diversity of lived experiences of quality?

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From left to right, doctoral students Shantanu Biswas Linkon, Paloma Castonguay-Rufino, Yolene Handabaka and Cyrille Tchango Ngamaleu.
The City of Montreal has selected the Canada Research Chair in Architecture for a scientific research into the lived experience of quality by users of public buildings.
Jean-Pierre Chupin, Bechara Helal and Carmela Cucuzzella will develop a protocol for collecting lived experiences with doctoral students: Firdous Nizar, Paloma Castonguay-Rufino, Yolene Handabaka, Shantanu Biswas Linkon, Cyrille Tchango Ngamaleu of the Individualized PhD in Architecture program.
The proposal from the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (CRC-ACME) team was selected in Stream 1 of the call “Developing a Stronger Design Culture Together – Edition 2” (Call for Proposals 2023-2024).
Project: Protocol for study and qualitative assessment of the social value of public buildings through documentation of users’ lived experiences
Description: A protocol for post-occupancy quality assessment, describing methods for gathering and studying accounts of lived experiences in municipal spaces and buildings, and for compilation of a set of remarkable lived-experience stories and records. The goal is to better understand the factors that influence the quality of lived experiences in those spaces and buildings.
This project will enrich the strategies and actions for Sustaining Quality outlined in the Design Montréal Quality Toolkit (Quality Operation section).

It will also contribute to achievement of the results targeted by the Montréal 2030 Strategic Plan, notably as concerns the following priority:

Priority 19 – Provide all Montrealers with safe, quality living environments and a local response to their need

  • More information on the CRC-ACME here.
  • More information on the Design Montréal program here.
To learn more about the research site led by the University of Montréal, click here.