A TRADITION OF CELEBRATING WINTER
The winter season plays a big part of quebec culture.
Although we have four seasons, more than half of the
year is dedicated to the winter season.
The Quebec Winter Carnival is a world-renowned two
week festival that aims to give people a reason to discover, to celebrate and to appreciate the winter season
and all it has to offer.
This winter celebration began in 1894 from a tradition of
bringing together the habitants of New France in festive
gatherings before the celebration of Lent. It also served
to elevate their spirits during the harsh winter conditions.
The first official Quebec Winter Carnival was held in
the winter of 1955 and the “Bonhomme Carnival” made
its first official appearance as the representative of the
A TRADITION OF CELEBRATING WINTER
Many rituals and activities were created
to occupy and entertain people during
the cold winter months.
Here are some of the traditional ways
to celebrate winter during the Quebec
Carnival that still exist today:
Snow and ice sculpture
Sliding on toboggans
Dog sled races
St-Lawrence canoe races
DIVERSITY OF POPULATION AND CULTURE
One of the main richness of Quebec comes from the
diversity of its cultural communities, which makes the
province a pluralist society. More than a hundred of
cultural communities cohabit on Quebec’s territory and
more than 80 different languages are being spoke.
Quebec’s culture is the image of it’s population: diverse,
colorful and original. Quebec has developed a culture
that is vibrant, definitely contemporary and open to
the world, a culture at the crossroads of European and
More precisely, the city of Montreal has a mixed cultural heritage, and it would be impossible to discuss
Montreal’s French speaking heritage whitout taking
into account the various cultural influences that have
had an impact on it and brought renewal to the city.
Since Quebec is a province that welcomes a lot of
immigrants, it is important to consider how newcomers
experience their new lives in the province and the
process of integration.
Immigrants can experience culture shock when leaving
their country for a new home. Children that haven’t
experienced cold weather and the presence of snow
don’t necessarly understand the pleasure and the fun
aspects that come with winter.
TARGET MARKET: IMMIGRANT CHILDREN
The population of Quebec is mostly growing because
of immigration. A good effect of immigration is the
cultural mashup that occurs when people exchange
on their origins and new discoveries.
With this project we want to focus on immigrant children of 7 to 10 years old, who are living in cities. We
imagine that they would have access to a small or
medium backyard, as well as a district park.
The celebration of winter can provide an opportunity
to facilitate the process of integration.
The developed concept should adress:
7 to 10 years old
that are immigrants,
newly arrived in
with small to
living in cities
to a park
motivate you to
go outside and
to interact with
more possibilities of
creation with more
a whole that is
DIRECTION OF THE TASK
Imagine a new way to celebrate winter and encourage the integration
of the child through interaction
the primary objective of the item is to motivate the child
to play in the snow, to be curious and eager to find out all
the ways one can enjoy winter
the object should promote the interaction with the other
the developed concept should be inspired by the
enthusiasm of the Quebec Winter Carnival
We have three workshops: wood, metal, plastic
We also have access to laser cutting and sewing machines
You have from the 17th of october until the 6th of november to develop,
refine and present your final design concept.
Begin developping design concepts
Provide 12 initial design concepts
Present 2 variations of the refined concepts
Upload final design concept, technical drawings
QUÉBEC WINTER CARNIVAL:
ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND IMMIGRATION
CASE STUDY: focusing on how to encourage children to participate in winter-based outdoor activities and to cultivate a more “positive” attitude toward
the cold, snowy season.
INFORMATIONS CONCERNING CULTURE SHOCK
ADAPTATION TO A NEW CULTURE