MÉLANIE TROTTIER PORTFOLIO. SELECTED WORK 2010-2016
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ACADEMIC PROJECTS 01 Mille-Feuilles
02 My Thetford Mines: For a vibrant downtown 03 Théâtre en vol 04 D’artère en capillaire 05 Mobilis REALIZED 06 Charles-H-Blais Plaza
07 SPOT 08 Saint-Sauveur Plaza CONTEST 09 Walk the Walk
10 Interligne 11 Pop 12 Craqueras-tu
ACADEMIC PROFILE 2013 . 2016
M.Sc.Arch | Urban Design
School of Architecture, Université Laval; Quebec
2013 . 2015 M.Arch School of Architecture, Université Laval; Quebec 2010 . 2013
B. Arch, International profile School of Architecture ,Université Laval, Quebec City; Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Mons, Belgium
RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE 2017 . 2015 . 2016 . 2016 .
City of Quebec / Ville de Québec, Planning and Urban Development (Urban design and research)
Atelier Le Banc, Québec
Urban Design Association of Quebec / Association du Design Urbain du Québec, Quebec
2013 . 2015 Teaching assistant Urban Design Studio [ARC-6039] (20 grad students) U. Laval, Quebec City Practical course on cost estimates [ARC-3050], U. Laval, Quebec City 2014 .
City of Quebec / Ville de Québec, Land-Use Management Division
City of Saguenay / Ville de Saguenay, Planning and Urban Development
SELECTED STUDENT INVOLVEMENT 2016 .
Le SPOT - Sympathique Place Ouverte à Tous
Temporary public space (realized) [www.spotqc.com], Quebec City (featured in 37 publications including NY Times) Founding Member and initiator; Head of marketing & communication
2014 . 2015 L’Objet Large-scale public auction, Museum of Civilization (MCQ) [www.objetulaval.com]; School of Arch., U. Laval; Communication and innovation committee 2014 .
Interuniversity architecture symposium, School of Arch., U. Laval; Head of ‘urban panel’ organization
Youth in Architecture - Where’re we goin’?
Internship, Kitcisakik, Parc de La Vérendrye, Quebec
Mission Kitcisakik - Emergency Architects Canada
RECENT DESIGN AWARDS 2016 .
MY THETFORD MINES - with K. Mark
Winner - ADUQ fellowship 2016 contest, Quebec, Urban Design Association of Quebec;
INTERLIGNE (realized) - with F. Cournoyer-Derome, L. Lamarche & L. Roy
First place - Concours Refaites-nous de l’Oeil, Design competition, Québec, U. Laval;
2014 . Finalist - Charette de L’Objet 2014, Design competition, Québec, U. Laval CRAQUERAS-TU? - avec L. Lamarche & L. Roy 2013 . First place - Charrette La Ville Créative, Urban design competition, Québec, U. Laval POP - avec P. Girouard, L. Lamarche & L. Roy
2012 . Third place - Charrette Hamster, Urban Design competition, Québec, Régis Côté & associés,
CONFLUENCES - L. Lamarche & L. Roy
Finalist - Charette de L’Objet 2012, Quebec, Design competition, U. Laval Recyc-Québec Prize - concours de L’Encan de L’Objet 2012, Québec, U. Laval
BOX 7 - with A. Bernier & L-E. Brodeur
SKILLS SketchUp SU Podium Render Adobe CS (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign) Autocad MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Team work, strong adaptability Public consultation, Public presentation Model-Making French (native) English Spanish (beginner)
MILLE-FEUILLES Culinary space rethink
Transformation 2030 Design Competition, Bronx, NY, Studio in physical ambiances in architecture, autumn 2012 with LĂŠonie Roy and Sandrine Dufresne
Walls frame our existence. They mark territories, hold roofs over our heads and offer protection. The history of the site is marked by a strong presence of barriers, both physical and social. Thus, the project Mille-Feuilles reinterprets the notion of the wall and its symbolic evocation. The walls are thought of as a filter, not to segment the space, but to create unique experiences in between those walls. Just as the dessert where each layer of cream, chocolate and pastry offer a particular taste in each bite, every filter when put next to another create a different atmosphere for the visitor.
First the site is covered by a number of parallel white walls. By their orientation perpendicular to the street, openness is created towards the project, the new green spaces it creates open the entire community to encourage people to come together and build a strong sense of belonging.
A set of walls stands out creating a new landmark in the landscape. This new point of interest is the heart of the project, linking the event and culinary space of the program. Playing the role of the kitchenâ€™s stove chimneys, the new vertical walls redefine the concept of hearth at a community scale.
Finally, courtyards are created throughout the site, spreading the green space already present and expanding it towards the streets creating a large urban park. Each wall becomes a unique layer bringing a particular physical quality to the whole project.
Compost Bins : Recycling kitchen waste for use as a natural fertilizer in the rooftops gardens
DIY rooftop garden: Natural food production Rain Barrel : Harvesting rain water
VEGETALIZED ROOFTOPS & GREEN CORRIDOR Green rooftops provide gardening space while harvesting rainwater and improving the energy efficiency of the building envelope.
Green Corridor : Grow herbs and other vegetables. Green Corridor : Natural cooling
Vertical Garden : Natural cooling and food production
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Loggias : Sunshading balconies and acoustic barrier
Bike Rack : Encourages active mobility
WIND ADAPTED GEOMETRY Geometry facilitating transversal natural ventilation throughout the site and the buildings
SUSTAINABLE SITE Climate adapted sites are designed to be resilient for the future increase of both air temperature and annual rainwater.
Evergreen Oak : air pollution removal
Water basin: Natural cooling of the public space Rain Garden
Preservation and planting of urban trees: Absorption of CO2 and reduction of Urban Heat Islands
MY THETFORD MINES: FOR A VIBRANT DOWNTOWN! Revitalization of Thetford Mines historic downtown Winner of ADUQ Fellowship 2016 Contest M.Sc. Urban design final project, ULaval, Winter 2016 with Kevin Mark supervised by Geneviève Vachon
a. Saint-Alphonse and Notre-Dame intersection: consolidation of the central node
Small municipalities are often left out of urban design because they are seen as not «urban» or less stimulating. Yet, given their small size, it is sometimes easier to bring about a change by bringing together actors from different spheres of the city around the table in order to find a common vision. The project «My Thetford Mines : for a vibrant downtown!» is distinguished from other urban design projects by its process and the tools it leaves to the people of Thetford Mines. This project was carried out in close collaboration with an expert committee made up of residents, city councillors, various municipal service directors and the mayor of the city. An understanding of the socio-physical environment and organizational dynamics of the project was established through meetings, a participatory workshop, and an online survey of residents. A public presentation in front of more than 260 residents allowed them to become aware of the impact of forms built on their daily lives and the added value that a good urban design can bring. They were able to grasp the stakes and potential of their downtown, which has been suffering for several years from devitalization. Indeed, it made them realize that the rehabilitation of the streets was a great opportunity to rethink the city and bring an added value. The project succeeded in improving the renovation of the eastern part of the main street. +. www.ville.thetfordmines.qc.ca/fichiersupload/pages/urbanisme/PFE_Design/Presentation_4_mai_PFE_Design_urbain_low.pdf * www.aduq.ca/bourse-aduq/resultats-de-la-bourse-2016/
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Downtown Thetford Mines was developed along the main street, which was then Notre-Dame Street. Due to mining expansion, this street was cut in the 1970s, after which the commercial downtown was gradually relocated to Frontenac Boulevard, the north bypass. The city centre was no longer crossed by a major axis of traffic and it had lost its vitality.
1. Identify built and natural attractors
2. Connect these attractors with structuring links
3. Consolidate the vacant lots along the links
4. Create more direct and user-friendly links from parking lots
b. Saint-Alphonse church square.
Community centre De la Fabrique Street
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c. Dumais Street : active path and urban consolidation with new dwellings.
d. Pie XI and Notre-Dame Street intersections: affirmation of downtown entrance.
e. Saint-NoĂŤl Park : restore access to the BĂŠcancour Riverfront for the community.
THÉÂTRE ENVOL Design of a temporary, demountable and sustainable theatre World Stage Design contest, Cardiff, England, Autumn 2012 with Marilyn Lemieux-Jolin
World Stage Design contest challenge was to design a 125-seats demountable theatre, which would take place in the patrimonial inner courtyard of Cardiff in Enlgand. The design had to respect a 20,000 £ (± 32 000$CAN) budget. Inspired by the flight of starlings, the theatre takes shape by an architectural progression of tensegrity, evolving without external influences. The spirit of the inner courtyard, once animated by the comings and goings of winged beings, is felt from the entrance of the visitors. The triangular sails of vibrant red evoke the dematerialization of the patrimonial building. The porous composition of the foyer establishes a strong link with the building and offers a surprising staging of the historical heritage of the 18th century.
a. Shades and transparency create an ambiance from the entrance.
Observatory Entrance / Exit Private zone / backstage Restrooms Foyer
b. The foyer space is perfect for cocktails or informal presentations.
c. The versatility of the installation offers the possibility of developing different styles of theatrical configurations.
Steel cable (sail) Steel cable (tensegrity)
Cable clamp Rubber cable grommet
Electric wire / socket
Plastic clamp Masonite perforated hardboard Pegboard hooks
Adjustable Scaffold Base Jack
Pegboard hooks Electric wire
Masonite perforated hardboard
Steel wire (pegboard)
Technical details. The structure, the scenographic elements and the furniture have the same structural foundation assemblies, facilitating the installation of the theatre. The use of reusable materials, such as boat sail and steel cable, highlights the importance of the port to the region.
D’ARTÈRE EN CAPILLAIRE Morphologic repair of urban fabric
Urban Design Studio, ULaval, Autumn 2014 with Francis Lacelle and Denis Simard
Rain water management Bikeway
45 m Rive-Sud boulevard; a complete street connected to a green path.
« The city does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand » - Italo Calvino
Based on morphological studies and the principles of retrofitting the suburban, this project aims to revitalize a sector of Lévis, near Quebec City. A mono functional sector, hard and gray, celebrating the automobile is transformed into a complete community that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The project involves using green urban wasteland to dress gray voids. It links the fragments of Lévis to each other with a hybrid network of green and built connections through green paths that connect biodiversity corridors, which supports the quality living environments that reveal the identity of Lévis. +. www.atelierdu2014.wixsite.com/projet1/pole-intermodal
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REPAIR KIT - How to repair the existing urban fabric into a structured sustainable community : - Dress your parking
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b. Prioritize a close relation between the building and the street by connecting the sidewalk with the entrance.
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Rain water management BRT
STATION c. Rive-Sud Boulevard; BRT station (Bus Rapid Transit).
MOBILIS Intermodal station in Lévis
Final project, ULaval, Winter 2015 supervised by Geneviève Vachon
Convergence of Alternative Mobilities
Towards the middle of local shops
towards the middle of residential fabric
« Ce qui compte désormais, c’est la richesse des opportunités, des rencontres, des expériences procurées ou favorisées par nos déplacements. » «What counts now is the wealth of opportunities, encounters, experiences provided or promoted by our travels.» - Amar (2010)
This project explores the architecture intermodal transit sites and their influence on the quality perception of public transit users in Lévis. It focuses on the public spaces in extension of these transit sites which, with a mix of uses nearby, constitutes an efficient and stimulating intermodal pole. The project offers different spaces to humanize time, encourage opportunities for meetings and facilitate the chain of activities. It enhances the everyday experience for the user by providing both travel efficiency and comfort. The station offers a mix of uses that include co-working spaces, a community centre and a daycare. Situated in a strategic location close to major travel generators, such as the Desjardins headquarters in Lévis, this intermodal pole allows to restructure and energize the surrounding urban environment of Lévis. +. www.designurbain-ulaval.com/mobilistrottier
a. BRT stop
c. Parc + rain garden
a. New Kennedy Station: an urban presence and a landmark.
Coffee + station
b. BRT stop : short waiting time.
c. Waiting from the park: visual connections with BRT stops, cityscapes and indoor activity.
PLAZA CHARLES-H BLAIS Temporary public plaza
Sillery, Quebec City, Summer 2016-17 Conception, Construction, Evaluation; Atelier Le banc.
Credit : Ă‰tienne Dionne
Located on the commercial Maguire Street which suffered from devitalization, the plaza of the Charles-H. Blais library presented the best potential to kickstart the revitalization of its commercial sector. In early spring of 2016, the City of Quebec asked Atelier Le Banc to initiate the first phase of a tactical public space project on the plaza in order to highlight the cultural life of Maguire Street and assess the future of this public space. The proposed design is based on users needs and ideas expressed during a public participatory consultation. A variety of furniture and sunshade devices enhance the existing layout to make it more comfortable. Intended as an extension of the public library, the site consists of a piano, a sandbox and self-service bookcases. Evaluations of the site, with both observation sessions and a questionnaire, showed that the users came more frequently and stayed for longer periods at the place. The site fast became a favourite for eating take-out for the patrons of Maguireâ€™s restaurants and also as the playground of the local kindergarten.
Credit : Étienne Dionne
Credit : Étienne Dionne
Credit : Étienne Dionne
SYMPATHIQUE PLACE OUVERTE À TOUS - SPOTQC Temporary public plaza
Nomminated Forces Avenir Quebec prize 2016 Laureate Awarness project category + Events project category, Gala Coop Zone 2016 Laureate Health, Community and Social Project, Student life Gala 2016 First prize Social economy category, Entrepreneurship ULaval 2015 ULaval, Summer 2015 Founding Member and Initiator; Head of Marketing & Communication, Volunteer
SPOT, the «Sympathique Place Ouverte à Tous» (Sympathic place open to all), started with the idea to take the architecture school out of its walls for a summer and bring awareness to citizens of the importance of architecture and urban design in their life. During 8 weeks, an unused parking lot in Saint-Roch Quebec City was transformed as a temporary public place, creating a new backyard for neighbours, a new playground for artists and a new meeting spot for the community. Inspired by biergartens and tactical urbanism, 50 architecture students and professionals from 5 architecture firms designed and built installations to showcase the space’s potential. A diversified free activities program promoted local artists and organizations to a larger public. The project led to two other editions with different sites and students, highlighting the need of social sharing spaces. +. www.spotqc.com www.youtube.com/channel/UCdG-YffggbekgNXakBmPjZQ/videos
Credit : Pikur
Credit : Pikur
PLAZA SAINT-SAUVEUR Temporary public plaza
Saint-Sauveur, Quebec City, Summer 2016 Conception, Construction, Atelier Le banc.
Credit : Ă‰tienne Dionne
Located on the corner of rue Saint-Vallier Ouest and avenue des Oblats, the site is at the heart of the commercial core of the Saint-Sauveur neighbourhood. Although it is narrow, it has a strong potential for appropriation due to its close proximity to new businesses. In the summer of 2016, the Economic Development Corporation wanted to create a transitional place to improve the pedestrian and cycling experience, and to promote the use of the space by the locals. The proposed development offers a variety of furniture shapes and arrangements to allow multiple uses and enjoyments. This arrangement and orientation make it possible to observe urban life, have quiet conversations with friends, or simply appreciate its intimacy and ambiance. A pergolla covering the majority of the modules, along with climbing plants, fill the lack of shade and create an island of freshness.
Credit : Étienne Dionne
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Credit : Étienne Dionne
WALK THE WALK Weaving an alternative pattern for a vibrant community
ULI Hines Student Competition 2016, Midtown, Atlanta, Hiver 2016 with Mathieu Avarello, Kevin Mark, Florian Poix and Ève Reneaud-Roy
Art & culture
Knowledge & ambition
Piedmont park & canopied suburb street
By breaking through Midtown’s rigid grid imposed by the car’s dominance, Walk the Walk offers alternative ways for mobility, connection and community life. The Walk is a car-free spine that connects Georgia Tech (GT) by way of a central Plaza marking a lively, transit-oriented neighbourhood. It also links together influential places of Atlanta’s collective imagination by weaving together different atmospheres ranging from busy urbanity to a more neighbourly vibe. Blue, green and gray paths are also interwoven and interconnected to balance the shared space between cars and a sustainable human scale environment, where everyday social interactions can thrive along with a sense of place and community. Located at the crossways of Downtown, the artistic North Midtown, the intellectual GT and Tech Square, and a canopied suburb, Walk the Walk weaves a cohesive urban fabric into a compact mixed-use development with an identity of its own. The infiltration of varied modes of active and public transportation, including bike-sharing and “complete streets”, reinforces North Avenue Station as the focal point of the neighbourhood, where a creative workforce shares local amenities with residents. The Walk is a tree-lined pedestrian street of mixed-use buildings with locally owned stores, restaurants and Wi-Fi hotspots. A continuous strip of rain gardens and bioswales compose a comfortable microclimate to neutralize UHIs (Urban Heat Island).
A Health clinic
A The Orchard, linear park
B High school
B Poets Square & rain garden
C Midtown Sports Centre
C The Walk
D Olympic memorial observatory & rain garden
D Midtown Plaza & MARTA station
E Weekly local producer market
E Photoremediation project
Buildings A m/u residential/ commercial / offices B m/u residential / commercial / offices / Apache Cafe C m/u residential/ commercial / movie theatre D Business incubator / offices / residential E m/u restaurants / Co-working spaces / residential / wholefood F m/u commercial / hotel / residential / offices G m/u commercial / hotel / residential
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a. Midtown Plaza, an urban oasis composed of three adjoining areas, each with its own atmosphere: festive, restful, and refreshing.
Human scale environment
b. The walk : Atlanta’s new playground.
Market rate rental housing 12%
Market rate rental housing 8% Market rate for sale housing 13%
Market rate for sale housing 31%
Market rate Phase rental 2 housing
Aﬀordable rental housing 9%
Aﬀordable rental housing 8%
Phase 3 Oﬃce 17%
Aﬀordable rental housing 8%
Existing oﬃce 29%
Market rate rentalhousing 17%
Retail 10% Aﬀordable rental housing 1%
Retail Rentail 7% 10%
Blue & green path
Market rate for sale housing 37%
Bio retention garden
Weaving a community
Market rate for sale housing 37%
INTERLIGNE Underline art
First place - Concours Refaites-nous de l’oeil. Realized ULaval, Winter 2015 with Frédérique Cournoyé-Derome, Laura-Anne Lamarche and Léonie Roy
Interligne draws the space previously invisible. The light metal structure attracts the curious by providing definition for the showcase and consultation of the publications offered by the artistic centre. This fluid and playful system is superimposed on the existing space in order to reveal its potential. The integration of new spatial lines makes it possible to move from the second to the third dimension. This new flexible space is transformed according to various needs. It can be appropriated as a reading corner by visitors, as a meeting place for work, or as a festive structure for vernissages. Interligne serves three purposes in a single gesture: It attracts the eye, draws a space and highlights publications.
POP Humanizing the suburbs
First place - Concours interuniversitaire La Ville CrĂŠative ULaval, Autumn 2013 with Philippe Girouard, Laura-Anne Lamarche and LĂŠonie Roy
POP invaded the suburbs as a network of micro public spaces encouraging active travel. POP generates opportunities, exchanges and permeability by investing abandoned interstices between single-family homes. This temporary attraction breaks the existing homogeneity of the suburbs while proposing new connections within the suburban fabric. In the form of modular point interventions, these arrangements are flexible and appropriate for all residents of the neighbourhood. This encourages collaboration, identity and, above all, active travel. Its structure, both a signal and landmark, frames the division of space while allowing the hanging of light and canvases and the creation of shelters or kiosks. The new orchestrated connectivity of POP breaks the labyrinthine suburban network by offering pedestrian shortcuts. Its insertion acts as a precursor for a mix of uses and a possible soft densification in suburban environments. +. atelier-labodu.wixsite.com/lavillecreative/pop
a. Invest the plot
d. Modular structure
b. Two-speed permeability
e. Soft densification
c. Diversified material
f. Pop 2040
Improvised corn roast;, appropriation of space by the neighbourhood.
Winter shortcuts with hot coffee included
Finalist Concours d’idées L’Objet 2014 ULaval, Winter 2014 with Laura-Anne Lamarche and Léonie Roy
«L’avarice perd tout en voulant tout gagner.» «Greed loses all while wanting to win everything.» -Jean de La Fontaine
Under the purest objects lies a defect, a sin, a fault in the desire for perfection. The temptation being too strong, the fragile shell cracked revealing another face that of the sin. The fault allows the miser to bury his treasure, his vice. However, once sheltered in his moneybox, his treasure is inaccessible to him. He finds himself trapped between his pride and his envy. This money box with pure and simple lines is translated in the form of a cube of white plaster slightly cracked open to receive coins. Its wooden interior constitutes the armature of the object while representing the treasure of the miser. Will he succumb to the temptation to break this precious object to reap its fortune? When will the value of the content prevail over that of the container? Behind this shell lies a vice, that of greed.
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