Canada Research Chair in Built Religious Heritage

Blason de l'Université Laval

Research Chair

in Built
Religious Heritage


DSC_0430A number of the Chair’s projects are the result of close collaborations with citizen groups, academic teams, government agencies, practicing professionals and historic preservationists. They have engendered innovative and appropriate approaches to historic preservation, interpretation and adaptive reuse of existing structures. Other projects centre on the documentation and analysis of the formation of the built environment of today and yesterday in North America. Hence, the achievements of the Chair cater to a wide, diverse audience, as the following selection attests.

The projects, activities and publications presented here by way of example illustrate the issues broached by the Chair, by students and young scholars the chairholder has supervised as well as by the teams of researchers she pulled together or with which she was affiliated to advance the Chair’s research programme.

La mouvance de la culture canadienne-française vue à travers l’évolution d’une institution catholique en région

Canadian Historical Review/Revue de l’histoire canadienne 88,1 (mars 2007) : 41-88. Par Tania Martin.

The Effect of Catholic Religious Communities on the Built Form and Urban Morphology of Quebec City

Using Québec City as a case study, the spatiotemporal database and geographic information system collates information gleaned on the properties of religious communities established in Upper Town from several public and private archives. With this tool, we have begun to reconstitute the geometry of real estate and buildings as they evolved over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An embryonic diachronic portrait of the acquisition, sale, demolition and redevelopment of these properties is emerging. Our preliminary hypotheses indicate observable cycles not unrelated to sociodemographic pressures on land use and the introduction of new ideas about Québec identity and its relationship with spiritual life and organized religion.

Application of geomatics to architectural and urban problems generates new ways of approaching historic preservation and adaptive reuse questions. It also pushes us to devise visualisation and modelling tools in order to explore and represent quantitative and qualitative data, that is cold facts as much as perceptions and other intangible variables. Furthermore, development of geomatics tools and platforms to facilitate communication between the public and decision-making bodies hold the promise of making participatory research and design possible, allowing everyone around the table to weigh alternative scenarios.

Workshop on Heritage and Geomatics

(2011) in the context of « L’avenir du patrimoine religieux : quels outils géomatiques et de modélisation sont à développer pour faciliter la consultation publique ? »

Adaptive Reuse Design Studios

Design studio courses in the interpretation and adaptive reuse of built heritage serve as a creation-research laboratory. We explore such questions as: How can one intervene on an existing site and still respect its heritage values? How can one propose a new function for the site that satisfies the needs and aspirations of future users without compromising heritage integrity? The best projects rely on rigorous documentation of the site. On the one hand, close observation and preparatory research yields insight on the past of the site and its current importance to the community. On the other hand, it can inspire groundbreaking solutions the historic preservation of the site.

Le presbytère comme composante du paysage religieux à Québec : l’évolution d’un type architectural en milieu urbain

par Trycie Jolicoeur, 2005.

Un cheminement à travers les cultures : Prolongement vers un nouveau quartier innu pour Uashat

par Karine Marchand et Caroline Morneau, 2009.

Le village cri d’Oujé-Bougoumou : analyse de la forme architectural et urbaine d’un milieu planifié

par Caroline Morneau, 2009.

Une école “concept innu” : pour l’extension de la réserve de Uashat à Sept-Îles : puiser dans les traditions pour bâtir le futur

par Valérie Girard, 2009.

Espaces spirituels de Mashteuiatsh : lecture d’un paysage culturel ilnu

par Annie Pelletier, 2001. Gagnante du Prix VRM 2013 et de la bourse France-Gagnon-Pratte 2010.

Morphologie et morphogenèse des territoires urbanisés de Uashat mak Mani-Utenam: La réserve innue entre mémoire et structures empruntées

par Karine Marchand, 2011.

Atavisme : l’actualisation de Nazareth

par Geneviève Sévigny, 2011.

La tectonique, expression d’une architecture identitaire : conception d’une maison durable, écologique et adaptée à la culture innue pour le quartier de Ka Uatshinakanashkasht

par Audrey Harvey, 2013.

Guide de rénovation, transformation et adaptation des maisons – Uashat mak Mani-Utenam et Fascicules de rénovation des maisons en milieu bâti innu – Uashat mak Mani-Utenam

in the context of « Vers une architecture autochtone: Adaptation saine, durable et abordable des bungalows construits après 1960 sur le territoire de la communauté du Uashat mak Mani-Utenam ». In this project a team of researchers worked with the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam to devise optimal solutions for renovating the interior spaces of their bungalows or for enlarging their homes in ways that would reflect their ways of being in the world, their values and worldviews.

Morphogenèse et paysages culturels : Comprendre la transformation des territoires et des milieux bâtis des communautés innues

in the context of « Habiter Nitassinan mak Innu Assi : Les représentations, l’aménagement et la gouvernance des milieux bâtis des collectivités innues du Québec » de l’Alliance de recherche universités-communautés (ARUC) Tetauan.

Recycling Catholic Convents and Religious Institutional Buildings into Affordable and Alternative Housing : Three Case Studies

Three case studies chosen from an inventory of some thirty convents or religious institutional buildings operated by Catholic religious communities and since adaptively reused for affordable or alternative housing are the objects of post-occupancy evaluation. They shed light on past experiences and suggest recommendations for similar future projects. The final report was also the subject of a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Cyberforum.

Le patrimoine et l’élaboration de projets urbains: vers le renouvèlement des pratiques en aménagement?

Séminaire annuel de l’Institut du patrimoine culturel (IPAC) 2010

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