Ideas Competition Rêvons nos rivières
Team: Conor O'Shea, Nilay Mistry, Zoey Wang, David Zaya (plant ecologist)
Biospectacle is a vision for 21st-century Québec City that leverages its rivers as major economic, ecological, social, and cultural assets. The rivers are considered as the very drivers of Québec City’s ongoing urbanization process.
Biospectacle synthesizes natural and virtual strategies to forge relationships between diverse audiences in Quebec City in order to drive its ecological, social, and economic future. As the accompanying scenarios depict, the strategies can strengthen existing relationships, highlight latent ones, and in some cases create new, unlikely, ones. Our proposal recognizes the ever-changing, complex web of social and ecological audiences comprising Québec City’s socioeconomic fabric, and therefore offer these strategies as starting points not only to be applied to relationships between audiences identified in this proposal, but also by ones unknown to us, and to future ones. These audiences include First Nations, school children, permanent and temporary city residents, rural residents, tourists, regional flora and fauna, and city planners and local government.