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Québec Roadmap

Introduction

The member cities of the OWHC adopted the “Quebec Roadmap” at the 16th World Congress (Quebec, Canada, September 6-9, 2022). This Roadmap establishes the general operational framework for the exploration and experimentation phase which will start in the fall of 2022.

The member cities have effectively committed to participate in an unprecedented cooperation experience which will lead to the affirmation of a doctrine specific to the Organisation, the “New urban project”. It will intend to renew the existing urban practices which, still too often, oppose the conservation of the heritage and the city’s need to adapt. New practices will be tested through “pilot projects” carried out within “collaborative networks” formed by cities sharing the same objectives. The OWHC aims therefore to quickly acquire the necessary means to support its members in carrying out large-scale projects, capable of transforming their urban environment and responding adequately to their multiple challenges, while preserving their specificities and heritage resources.

The “Roadmap” is oriented towards action and “working together” to find different ways of thinking about the city, of planning it differently in a political, strategic, and technical environment in full transformation.

General structure of activities

In accordance with the mandate given to the General Secretariat (see Annex 1 in the document downloadable below) during the Québec Symposium, the “Roadmap” action plan will be developed with the participating cities for its implementation in 2022-2024. It will be a question of organising clear and effective practical conditions allowing the follow-up of actions on the ground. The “Quebec Roadmap” should create opportunities in terms of exchanging data, sharing experiences, creating cooperation, learning, etc. To achieve its objectives and keep its commitments over time, it must ensure:

  • The creation and animation of collaborative networks;
  • The collection of information on known experiences in the same fields of intervention (case study);
  • The design and implementation of pilot projects;
  • The modes of learning and transfer of experience;
  • The identification of good practices;
  • The analysis of the results in order to develop methodological elements;
  • The design of projects with a view to partnerships and broader funding.

The general structure of activities is organised as follows:

A first step of “prioritization will aim, on the basis of the analysis of experiences already acquired in the participating cities, to constitute “collaborative networks” according to shared interests and objectives. It is within this framework that “pilot projects” will be developed which will make it possible to explore concrete responses to solve specific problems.

The second step of “implementation will aim to deploy as many “pilot projects” as possible in a variety of cities. The ultimate goal of these “pilot projects”, by definition simple, which must be carried out quickly and with few means, is to carry out demonstrations, or to propose different solutions by favouring the search for alternatives to the usual ways of doing things.

The third step of “evaluation” will target make it possible to learn lessons and decide on the diversity of responses that the cities of the OWHC can offer thanks to the wealth of expertise thus revealed. The outcomes of the “pilot projects” will be pooled, allowing global learning on all the issues developed by the Congress; and the identification of good practices, methodological elements and a global and integrated understanding of the issues related to the various problems addressed.

To know everything about the Roadmap, download the following document:

QUÉBEC ROADMAP

Step 1: Prioritization and conception of pilot projects

Where are we, where are we starting from?

The first step of the Roadmap continues and develops the achievements of the Quebec Congress. The reflection undertaken since March 2022 has mainly led to transforming the 5 themes, initially proposed to address issues relating to the improvement of the quality of life, into 3 Strategic Axes, defining a general orientation for the future and structuring a political vision. These Axes were then considered from an operational perspective, and 9 Objectives shared by all the member cities were identified with a view to launching concrete actions. All of this was validated at the Quebec Congress.

The discussions during the Symposium have, on this basis, highlighted a certain number of “thematics”, which correspond to the current or future priorities expressed by the cities. These thematics have raised many “problematics” that will be the subject of pilot projects within the framework of the Roadmap.

Objectives

The first step of the Quebec Roadmap has the following objectives:

  1. Mobilize as many member cities as possible
  2. Identify the main thematics
  3. To establish “collaborative networks” in relation to the thematics
  4. Develop pilot projects on priority problematics

The first cities to join the process must complete this first step by spring 2023 in order to allow as much time as possible for the step regarding the implementation of the pilot projects. But at any time, cities wishing to join the process can do so by sending a letter of interest to the General Secretariat.

To know all details and to participate in Step 1 of the “Québec Roadmap”, please download the following document:

WORKING DOCUMENT

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