DesignInquiry: DesignCity Montréal (May 2011, Montréal Canada)

May 8 – 13, 2011
Announcing the second Spring DesignInquiry: DesignCity (Montréal) – an exploration of what makes a design-driven city.

DesignInquiry: DesignCity (Montréal) participants will explore the Ville de Montréal for five nights and six days, sleep in dorms that are still partly occupied by a nunnery, and live, work and cook together all across the city. DesignCity (Montréal) findings will be published in the DesignInquiry journal and exhibited at Design Montréal’s Portes Ouvertes-a high profile series of events opening June 3.

In 2006, Montréal, Québec, Canada was designated by UNESCO as the first and only North American City Of Design. Are design qualities somehow inherent in Montréal’s topographies, its citizens, its outputs? Are these qualities designed by designers or do they evolve out of the way people use the city? The notion that design practice, and the presence of designers, can alter the trajectory of a city for the better is an assumption that warrants exploration and testing.


DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in-based gatherings. It brings together practitioners from disparate fields to generate new work and ideas around a single topic.

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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