There are a few spaces left in the Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes Summer Field School that will take place from 26 May through 13 June 2014 in Cap-aux-Os and Forillon National Park of Canada, Gaspé, Québec.
This bilingual (English and French) intensive three-week field school will be especially of interest to those wishing to develop their field recording techniques, to learn to interpret buildings and sites, to work with local interest groups in community development, and to sensitively intervene in regional cultural landscapes.
In the past, we have welcomed participants from Quebec, Canada, the United States and elsewhere. They were registered in a program of study or had backgrounds in as diverse fields as architecture, urban design, urban and regional planning, history, history of art, history of architecture, cultural and historic geography, historic archaeology, folklore, cultural landscape studies, material culture studies, and community development.
This year our study site is Forillon National Park of Canada. We will work with the communities adjacent to the park, namely Cap-aux-Os, Cap-des-Rosiers and l’Anse-au-Griffon, to explore the ways in which complementarity and synergy can be generated between private enterprises, the public sector, and community initiatives to stimulate the development of both the villages and the Park.
An economic motor of the region, the creation of Forillon National Park of Canada in 1970 promised generous economic spinoffs. With the aim of preserving and interpreting the heritage elements in the park, a number of buildings and houses, that had been requisitioned during the expropriation were restored, notably St. Peter’s Church, the Hyman General Store, the Blanchette House and more recently, the Dolbel-Roberts House. Other buildings, however, remain closed. The state of the three Gavey Houses and Bartlett House as well as adjoining secondary structures including barns, sheds and ‘backhouses’, though reinforced and repaired, are falling into disrepair.
The villages bordering the Park, such as Cap-des-Rosiers, whose harbour and half of its territory is actually within park boundaries, and Cap-aux-Os, which is actually surrounded by two of the Parks’ sectors (the South and Penouille or Peninsula) are struggling to survive. Tourism seems to have become the only possible development avenue for these villages. The owners of the motels, restaurants, hostels, souvenir shops and adventure tourism companies (sea kayaking etc.) depend to a large extent on the park. In the meantime, a great number of services in the area have disappeared.
More specifically, starting from an examination of houses that have yet to be interpreted and preserved and their sites, field school participants will propose a variety of strategies (commercial and community-based activities, etc.) whose aim is to augment and diversify the activities offered in the park, and in so doing, increase the number of visitors to the Park without neglecting the local commercial and community initiatives. How might these projects stimulate the viability of the otherwise fragile businesses and services situated on the perimeter of the Forillon Peninsula in ways that consider the needs of the residents? What mutually profitable projects could the Park and the neighbouring villages develop together?
Tania Martin, Ph.D, M.RAIC
Professeure, École d'architecture
Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine religieux bâti
Édifice du Vieux-Séminaire de Québec
1, côte de la Fabrique, bureau 3235
Université Laval Québec (Québec) G1R 3V6
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