Deconstruction of the Champlain Bridge:
co-creation of proposals for the recovery of materials and citizen engagement

Research Team
Dr. Alice Jarry
Dr. Nathalie Drouin
Dr. Shauna Janssen
Dr. Lan Lin
Dr. Carly Ziter
Tricia Enns
Thomas Heinrich
Christian Martone Donde
Romaric Desbroussesl

Collaborator: Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridge Incorporated (JCCBI)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

Loading dock with steam beams, water and the Champlain Bridge and a cloudy sky in the background.
Ariel view of a four lane bridge over water with three cars driving across. There are street lattices overlaying the road.
A bridge under construction. There is a wide river with segments of a concrete and steam roadway being put together piece by piece.

Deconstruction of the Champlain Bridge. 

Photos: JCCBI 

The Champlain Bridge is being deconstructed and its materials are offered to the Quebec community to  design new urban, community and artistic interventions. In partnership with Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridge Incorporated (JCCBI), the project initiates a citizen engaged pilot project including the co-creation of visual proposals for the recovery of materials from the bridge  and the co-construction of socio-environmental indicators resulting from the process.  

This research-creation brings together five researchers whose expertise intersect the fields of sustainable design, infrastructure project management, bridge engineering, citizen approaches and urban ecology.

The project includes in situ collaborations with Montreal citizens,  an interview with JCCBI;

a visual co-creation charrette ; and workshops for the co-construction of socio-environmental indicators.

Large construction sites enjoy little social acceptability and the research considers the bridge to be a common good providing services.
The project draws attention to pressing ecological issues and proposes an engagement with obsolete materials.

By reimagining construction residues, the project mobilizes new aesthetic and critical links with the socio-spatial policies of urban space. Promoting the situated experiences and knowledge of citizens and shared decision-making, it propels new practical and reflective approaches to the appropriation of public places, biological and cultural diversity and the decompartmentalization of knowledge.

Steam lattice of the Champlain Bridge.Platform in the river with construction materials on it. Partially constructed Champlain Bridge is in the background.

Critical Practices in
Materials and Materiality