UBC Graduate Research

Reclaiming Everyday Space : Villeray, Montréal Assal, Myriam


Anchored in the discourse of participation and social space, Reclaiming The Everyday Space is first and foremost about a place and the people that make it alive. Perhaps, to its inhabitants, the scale of a neighbourhood is the most understandable scale of the city – it is the stage of our everyday life. This thesis analyzes the neighbourhood of Villeray, in Montreal, and argues for a re-appropriation of the city by right of inhabitance. In a highly capitalist society where space equals capital, social space needs to be valued again and fought for. Villeray needs public space(s) where people will participate in political, social and spatial debates about their space, and regain ownership and agency over their neighbourhood.

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