More than twenty outdoor work booths accessible for free throughout Montreal

The launch of the first outdoor workspace network in Canada also marks the introduction of a small revolution in the world of urban design. Starting this week, 23 sleekly designed booths with Wi-Fi and electricity will be accessible for free and without a reservation. Presented by Fizz, in collaboration with the Mouvement Desjardins, Aire commune positions Montreal as a leader in the field of greendesking, being the very first metropolis in the world to host such a network of outdoor workspaces.

Working Outdoor in Iconic Spots of the City
Overheating laptop, rare picnic tables in parks, drained battery in the middle of a videoconference: workers who already use public spaces in droves lack installations adapted to their needs. The 2020 lockdown exacerbated this urban design problem, which is where the Îlots d’été comes in. Whether on the banks of the river in Lachine, on the Olympic Park’s Esplanade, in the heart of Little-Italy or downtown, citizens will be able to work differently while enjoying summer, in more than nine different Montreal boroughs.

Greendesking, a growing trend
Increased creativity, improved memory, diminished stress: many studies have confirmed the benefits of greendesking in recent years. Several major companies worldwide (Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Google) consider this philosophy to be important and have developed their own outdoor work programs. Their objectives: expressing the values of their company, increasing productivity, and meeting the post-pandemic flexibility and mobility needs of their employees. 

As a pioneer in the greendesking field in Quebec, Aire commune has long dreamed of offering Montrealers a project akin to a “remote work Bixi.” With the Îlots d’été network, we can finally say: mission accomplished! The organization plans to install more than fifty stations across the city by 2025.  

Photo: Benjamin Joppke

From June 14 to October 14 
Throughout Montreal 
To see the complete list of stations, click here

This project is made possible by the financial support of partners: the Gouvernement du Québec, Fizz, the Mouvement des Caisses Desjardins, Deloitte, the Outremont borough, the Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent, Promenade Wellington