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Bois Franc

Montréal, Québec

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 ProjectNew Urbanism / Suburban Neighbourhoods

LocationMontréal, 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.


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