Prospective co-design for democratic and inclusive planning in sustainable mobility:
ALLIIUM- Alliance for innovation in urban mobility infrastructures

Research Team
Dr. Emmanuel Benoit-Raufflet
Dr. Rafael Ziegler
Dr. Christophe Abrassart
Dr. Geneviève Boisjoly
Dr. Alice Jarry
Dr. Nathalie Drouin
Louise Henault Ethier
Albert Mondor
Blaise Rémillard

Architectural rendering of prospective infrastructure. A tram runs along a bridge which has foliage that dangles off of it. Lots of trees and green spaces are in the background.
Map of the Metropolitan highway.

The Metropoligne 40 concept by Photos:  Allium

Sustainable mobility offers an efficient transport system for people and goods, integrated into ecosystems, and compatible with human health and economic dynamism (Transports Québec, 2018).

Inaugurated in 1960, the Metropolitan Highway (A40) is a national, regional and local route. The elevated part of this highway, between St-Laurent and Provencher boulevards, divides its neighbouring districts and impacts the well-being of the neighboring populations and adjacent ecosystems.

The goal of this research project is to develop an inclusive prospective co-design model to
foster citizen discussion on the future of the Metropolitan highway (A40) in Montreal.

The project has two  objectives : (1) develop an inclusive and  sustainable mobility planning model that facilitates the operationalization of societal transition within urban infrastructure;  and (2) advance knowledge about social innovations and infrastructure.

At the crossroads of design, managment, governance, mobility and green infrastructures, the research aims to promote  discussions on the future of the A40 by considering options and opportunities for ecological transition and sustainable mobility. 

Schematic of a potential design proposal for the Metropolitan highway with a park on top and cars underground. The schematic includes distances between elements marked out.
Metropoligne 40 renderings by Photos: Allium

Arial view of the Metropolitan Highway if it were converted into a park.

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