Corridor d'or

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The city Montreal (Canada) posted a competition for the restructure of the highway between the airport and the city Montreal. In the proposal they like to see the sustainable character of the city reflected.



After a thorough analyses of the 15 km long highway we came up with a plan which not only gives a solution for the bottlenecks , but also with relative simple solutions greatly enhance the quality of life around the corridor.


The bottlenecks:

-bad air quality

-no identity or recognition on the way

-local traffic and regional traffic is mixed and therefore a bad traffic flow

-no direct access to the train network



In the current situation the highway is a long boring road without any identity. In Corridor d’or the locale and regional traffic is separated. This will result in less junctions and a better traffic flow. Also the road is divided in 5 etapes  with all their own sustainable identity, suitable for the surrounding where the road runs through. These different characters give the driver recognition and together they form the sustainable (energy) network which reflects Montreal’s ambition.









sustainable network

This sustainable energy network consists:

-The solar cells along the highway and on the industrial and business roofs produce energy for the surrounding households and industrial buildings.

-The road is used to generate energy. With the help of a heath pump energy can be stored and re-used. The road and surrounding buildings can be heated in winter and cooled in summer. As an extra advantage this will enhance the safety on the road.

-next to the road, on the rooftops, in parks and against the sound walls biofuel plants are placed.  Not only do they produce energy they also give an amazing view.

-under the Turcot junction the local rainwater is stored. This has a positive effect on the local climate and the stored water can be used for industrial purpose.

-and last adding a large amount of trees will greatly improve the quality of the air and also absorb some rainwater.


















The 5 etapes of the corridor d’or:

1. roofscapes: Redeveloping orphaned territories, industrial and business area’s so they be a part of a larger energy generating system. Solar cells and biofuel plants are placed on the empty roofs.

2. a long road: The asphalt produces energy.

3. st. Pierre park: This park accessible from the city and the surrounding neighborhoods is provided with a large amount of different trees.

4. Turcot lake: Under this important junction the local rainwater is stored.

5. life wall: Sound screens produce energy with biofuel plants and there are solar columns placed along the road.


Project team: Milena Ivkovic, Antonio Cannavacciulo and Daniëlle Bakkes.

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