Photo credit: Lâ€™OEUF in collaboration with BNIM
Urban design is all about functionality of public space within cities and neighbourhoods. Petite RiviÃ¨re is a community based on six urban design principles that, if implemented using a holistic, interconnected approach, guarantee the community will flourish.
Walkability: a pleasant experience for pedestrians
A neighborhood feels like home when everything from shops and basic services are within walking distance. Carefully planned public spaces and urban landscapes will allow pedestrians to genuinely enjoy a wide range of sighs, sounds and activities while walking on pathways, sidewalks and in many other public spaces that are all interconnected.
Mixed use: a safe, diverse and lively neighborhood
Petite RiviÃ¨re will be a mixed-use neighborhood where residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and office buildings are surrounded by gardens, playgrounds, parks, town squares and streets creating a safer and more secure neighborhood where a larger number of people gather and move through it at times when streets in other neighborhoods are deserted.
Connectivity: instead of traffic, a network of possibilities
An efficient and convenient community is one that is accessible for pedestrians and vehicles. Instead of single lanes of traffic, Petite RiviÃ¨re offers a network of possibilities whether by foot, by bike, car, or public transportation.
Density: work, shop, and play close to home
Density reduces distances, increases the efficiency of the public infrastructure, facilitates the communityâ€™s access to services and each other and enhances the safety and friendliness of public spaces, as well as the varied and stimulating character of the urban experience. Petite RiviÃ¨re sees density as a desirable design element, one that isnâ€™t all about tall towers but that intelligently integrates residences of various types, sizes and prices and offers the possibility of affordable housing for the citizens of Montreal.
Regeneration: a breath of fresh air for nature on the site
Enriching the soil, preserving water sources, conserving and strengthening the landscape and increasing ecological diversity are all steps Petite RiviÃ¨re wants to take in order to regenerate the natural environment and create sustainable lifestyles and communities on the economic, environmental and social levels.
Community: nurturing a sense of belonging
Petite RiviÃ¨re wants to create a place where public spaces provide people with the opportunity to meet and connect every day encouraging civic-mindedness, pride, and a sense of belonging, in turn inspiring people to assume responsibility for and stewardship of public spaces, community actions and creating support networks.