Photo Credit: Louis Sauer
Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault
Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans
Case study compiled in 2017
Project: Bois Franc
Type of Urban Strategy: Green Cities, Sustainable Design
Type of Project: New Urbanism / Suburban Neighbourhoods
Location: Montréal, Québec
Date Designed/Planned: 1988
Construction Completed: 2002
Designer: Louis Sauer
Bois-Franc is a new urbanist neighbourhood developed by Bombardier Limited Inc. and designed by Louis Sauer. The master plan for the project was created to address the large brownfield site left behind by the former CartierVille Airport landing strip and invigorate a unique and innovative space within Montréal's outskirts.
The architect, Louis Sauer, was inspired by the New Urbanist movement that focuses on pedestrian-friendly streets, reducing vehicular priority and enhancing green spaces. The result is the Bois-Franc project was just that – a project that was meticulously designed to strengthen social living, community connection, and ecological systems.