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A New Landscape Plan for Montreal Weaves Together Icons of EXPO 67

December 4, 2019

The original site of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (EXPO 67), the 20th century’s most successful world’s fair, is being revived. Abandoned and forgotten through the 80s and 90s, Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île-Sainte-Hélène, across from Montreal’s famed Old Port, has been redesigned in a new plan by Lemay, a local firm. The plan was selected as one of the city’s commissioned urban regeneration projects to honor the city’s 375th anniversary.

The redeveloped park will feature a central concourse linking the Biosphere—Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome—and Alexander Calder’s Trois disques sculpture, a 65,000-capacity renovated amphitheater, as well as a restored riverside walkway. New additions, such as pavilions designed to accommodate a cafe, information center, and restroom, will enhance the visitor experience. 1960s elements and design styles from EXPO 67 will also be reflected in new furniture created by Lemay. This refresh is an exciting development for the park goers of Montreal and those everywhere who still love the futuristic architectural predictions of EXPO 67.

 

“A New Landscape in Montreal Weaves Together Icons of the City’s Expo 67,” Metropolis, November 13, 2019.

Along with devising the new routes, Canadian firm Lemay also designed site furniture. Photo courtesy of Marc Cramer.
A new park in Montreal creates pedestrian routes that unite the city’s Expo 67 treasures, specifically works by Buckminster Fuller and Alexander Calder. Photo courtesy of Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau.