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Montréal ZERO is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in housing. It brings together architecture, engineering, planning as well as imagination to design net zero energy and autonomous buildings and neighbourhoods to enable vibrant, self-sufficient and sustainable living.
The mission of this Montreal-based firm is to contribute towards making the civilizational transition from status quo to a just and restorative way of life based entirely on renewable resources.
We believe that we can create profound social change by changing our approach to housing and communities. In other words, by changing the way we live and by harnessing the power of our communities, we can break the extractive, institutional tethers that diminish us and our natural environment. We believe that there is a better alternative to the houses and neighbourhoods being built today, which are nothing more than highly effective instruments for holding people under vulnerable living arrangements of dependence and servitude.
What We're About
Contribute towards making the civilizational transition from status quo to a just and restorative way of life based entirely on renewable resources.
Our Guiding Principles
Have the courage to question accepted practices.
Artificial boundaries abound. Break these boundaries and explore across disciplines to discover comprehensive, integrated, and whole-system design approaches to producing lasting and elegantly frugal solutions with multiple benefits.
Draw inspiration from the genius and frugality of nature as well as vernacular architecture. The former offers extraordinary design solutions honed over 3.8 billion years of rigorous testing. The latter offers precedents of how to make delightful places that respond wonderfully to their environments.
Use natural and human resources as productively as possible.
Strive for compassionate solutions that empower individuals and lift them out of servitude.
Strive for the simplest, as well as the most appropriate, robust and elegant solution to achieving the desired end.
Work as much as possible within the constraints of current perceptions, behaviours and institutions. When this is not an option, challenge these constraints.
Expand the firm’s capabilities to always provide increasingly comprehensive solutions, extending well beyond the typical architectural boundaries.
Integrate the firm’s guiding principles into all its projects.
Sevag Pogharian, architect, is founder and president of Montréal ZERO Inc. He completed his undergraduate studies in architecture at McGill University and his graduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his activities within Montréal ZERO, Sevag is adjunct professor at McGill University’s Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design.