Catalogue of Soundscape Intervention

Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam


Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam is a public space in a well-planned, dense urban area located at Avenue de Mont-Royal Est, in Montreal, which temporarily hosted sound installation art between 2018 and 2019. The project was a cross-sector collaboration between the local authority Plateau-Mont-Royal, Borough of the City of Montreal, the Castor et Pollux landscape company, the sound design firm Audiotopie and the Sounds in the City research team. It was directed towards a diverse audience, including residents, tourists, workers, students etc.

Woodlands. Composer: Lou Duchemin-Lenquette, with a mix of natural sounds and musical tones to foster relaxation. 2018, © Audiotopie

Voices. Composer: Étienne Legast, includes human voices to foster social interactions. 2018, © Audiotopie

Seascape. Composer: Simone D’Ambrosio, backgrounded composition with a focus on sea sound. 2019, © Audiotopie

Synthesizer. Composer: Simone D’Ambrosio, foreground composition with a focus on abstract, musical tones. 2019 © Audiotopie.


[1] Guastavino, C., Fraisse, V., D’Ambrosio, S., Legast, É., & Lavoie, M. (2021). “Designing sound installations in public spaces: A collaborative research creation approach.” In M. Filimowicz (Ed.), Designing interactions for music and sound, Routledge.

[2] Steele, D., Legast, É., Trudeau, C., Fraisse, V., Guastavino, C. “Sounds in the City: Enhancing the Soundscape of a Public Space through Sound Art.” In International Congress on Sound and Vibration. Montreal, Canada, 2019.

[3] Fraisse, V., Steele, D., D’Ambrosio, S., Guastavino, C. “Shaping Urban Soundscapes through Sound Art: A Case Study in a Public Square Exposed to Construction Noise.” In International Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design. Montreal, Canada, 2020.

[4] Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam. Castor et Pollux. Paysage et Design Urbain. Retrieved: 21th February 2024 from

Photos: Valérian Fraisse
Sounds: Audiotopie
Entry submitted by: Valérian Fraisse