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Dates: February 8 to April 15, 2018
Opening: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6 p.m.
Curator: Börkur Bergmann, Director of the Centre de Design

January 18, 2018 - An exhibition on the work of the internationally renowned integrated design firm Foster + Partners opens at the UQAM Centre de Design on February 8. Fostering Society: Foster + Partners, one of the Centre’s most ambitious exhibitions to date, will focus on the outstanding achievements of the London-based global firm, as well as its advances in sustainable development long before people had started talking about environmental responsibility.

Foster + Partners
Foster 1999 Reichstag 0686 FP364138 LFounded in 1967 by Lord Norman Foster, who heads the firm, Foster + Partners works on every aspect of design, from concept to realization and from architecture to industrial and urban design. For the past 50 years, Foster + Partners has consistently demonstrated a commitment to making the human element central to its projects.

Foster 2004 Swiss Re HQ 30 St Mary Axe 1004 FP205681 LFoster + Partners has been a pioneer in sustainable development and environmental responsibility in both the design and the realization of its projects. Lord Foster strongly believes that environmental quality affects the users’ quality of life. The firm was demonstrably ahead of its time, installing a green roof at the Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich, in 1975, and creating the world's first environmentally friendly high-rise for Commerzbank, Frankfurt in 1997.

Research and innovation have always been paramount to achieving this standard of sustainable and human development. Another feature of the firm is its collective approach to the work, involving professionals from each discipline (architects, engineers, etc.) from the beginning of the design process.

Foster 2004 Millau Viaduct 1158 FP433651 LWe can credit Foster + Partners with several impressive achievements around the world, including the Millau Viaduct in France, a bridge with the tallest pylons in the world, and the highest road bridge in Europe that is taller than the Eiffel Tower, which for many years was the tallest structure in France; and Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport in China, which is the second largest terminal building in the world while being exemplary in terms of user experience, environmental responsibility and operational efficiency.

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The New International Airport of Mexico City
By Nigel Dancey, Senior Executive Partner and Head of Studio
Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Address: room DS-R510, 320, St. Catherine Street East, Montreal
Free admission

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UQAM Centre de Design
1440 Sanguinet (corner of St. Catherine East)
Montreal (Berri-UQAM metro)
Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 pm.
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Exclusive media visit
Members of the media are invited to an exclusive preview tour of the exhibition with its curator Börkur Bergmann and two key members of Foster + Partners, Nigel Dancey, Senior Executive Partner and Head of Studio, and Katy Harris, Senior Partner and Head of Communications.
Time: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 2 PM
Place: UQAM Centre de Design
Duration: 1 hour

Please reserve your place with the undersigned.


Source: Maude N. Béland, Press Relations Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division
UQAM Communications Service
Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1707


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