Location: Montreal, Canada
Research area: Urban Ecology | River System Restoration
Recognizing some of the lost qualities of Montreal’s buried rivers16 that once gave it a unique sense of place the project studies the more practical consequences of the loss of what once was city’s most reliable flood discharge system. Exploring and overlaying several maps it identifies a number of lost river whose resurrection can significantly reduce the burden from the existing combined system preventing parts of the city the city from future floods.
Furthermore it showcases examined approaches in reviving river in London and Seoul.
“On May 29, 2012 a major downpour in Montreal caused severe traffic disruptions, flooding and damage. In a few minutes Montreal’s combined sewer system was overwhelmed and water levels started rising rapidly in many down town streets. Ville Marie tunnel was shut down and metro system was disrupted.”17
A familiar event in Montreal the failure of its combined sewer system is witnessed by many of it’s empty rivers and creeks buried underneath the city.
“Like many old cities most parts of Montreal’s has a combine system for sewage and storm drains. While having the second largest water treatment plant in the world the city discharges great volumes of untreated sewage into the river every time there is severe thunderstorm. This has rendered the beaches polluted and unusable.”18
Designed only to “meet the needs” of people the sewer system is a significant threat to Montreal environment and a burden for Montreal on Daily basis.
Employing a mapping study of their impact and putting forward two tested approaches the project locates some of the most potent segments of the buried rivers and a guideline for their successful resurrection.
the projects looks for putting forward two successful successful action plans in London and Seoul the study foster a similar strategies for restoration of Montreal’s Lost rivers and puts forward a more specific proposal for one of the lost rivers in the city.
Both London Rivers Restoration Plan and Cheonggyecheon restoration project are excellent examples of urban regeneration and environmental progress that are done through restoring the buried streams of a city. These two examples, along with many other projects around the world that are being inspired by them, prove that intimacy and creativity can be employed to bring life back to our lost waterways even in a mega-city like Montreal.