The latest research creation project of Greening Narratives is called Global Urban Wilds.
By creating a locative media application that can be used in an “urban wild”—a natural landscape space that is preserved within a city—this project-in-development challenges app users and Montréal inhabitants to think about how things can grow amidst pollution, destruction, and industry.
The app is situated in the Champ des Possibles, an urban wild that is located in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal and that is protected by the Amis du Champ (website in French). Drawing from the diverse history of the space–from its ownership by the Canadian Pacific Railway, to its surrounding communities and cultures that include the Carmelite Nuns and a textile district, Global Urban Wilds begins to critically juxtapose the futuristic urban with the conserved natural, incorporating into this negotiation the digital tools and narrative methods through which such stories may be told.
Please check back for further updates as this project is underway for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Photos of the Champ des Possibles and the developing stages of the project: