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The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium under construction - January 2012.
Photo: Espace pour la vie (Marc Jobin)

Montréal Space for Life is undertaking an ambitious investment plan that will help position Montréal as the flagship of a vast global movement in support of biodiversity, aiming to invent new ways of living and reconnect humankind with nature.

These investments, in the heart of prestigious institutions that are also real heritage gems, will help significantly increase attendance and self-generated revenue at Space for Life.

The Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre at the Botanical Garden opened in March 2011 and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in April 2013. These two world-class institutions are revolutionizing how things are done in their respective fields.

Grande Place

The Grande Place at the Montréal Space for Life will link all four institutions. It will offer visitors a new way of moving around, coming together, enjoying the spaces and building and experiencing everyday life. Its design is still in the planning stages, but it will be based on public input. Everyone will be invited to take simple, progressive and meaningful actions to put their own mark on the sites. A constantly changing agora, brought to life by its users, will come to life in every season. With a fluid, intuitive and well-designed path, the Grande Place and the entire experience will symbolize the bonds between humankind and nature.

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