Let’s do great things together again. Join AudaCité Montréal and sign their petition asking that the federal government rebuild the Champlain Bridge according to the best design chosen from an international architectural competition. A well-designed new Bridge could become a global architectural icon, an engine of economic activity, an exemplar of sustainable energy and public [...]
An article I wrote is featured on today’s Opinion page of The Gazette.
By “city life” I mean a form of social relations which I define as the being together of strangers. In the city persons and groups interact within spaces and institutions they all experience themselves as belonging to, but without those interactions dissolving into unity or commonness. City dwelling situates one’s own identity and activity in [...]
Homerun, a CBC Radio One afternoon program, aired their interactive Point A to B reportage about Montreal’s public transit system today. The show asked its listeners and tweeps what the city’s greatest transportation challenge is, and the consensus was that Montreal doesn’t have enough public transit. On Twitter, I suggested that Homerun look into Portland, [...]
This is the “Nuage de givre” (Frost Cloud) display at the Place des Festivals, which is part of the Luminothérapie installations around the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal. This initiative to light up the city’s entertainment district during our dark winter is being promoted with the slogan of “Outdoor Installations To Boost Your Spirits.” I think [...]
Note: This article about Montreal’s cultural and civic health as gauged by its architecture was translated and modified to create the memorandum I presented before the Montreal Metropolitan Community’s Planning Commission at a public consultation regarding the metropolitan region’s proposed urban development plan, known as the PMAD: Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement. The French [...]
The bleak views from the pothole-ridden highway linking Trudeau Airport to downtown Montreal don’t inspire admiration, nor confidence in the city’s road maintenance. The Quebec Transport Ministry has decided to remedy the situation by asking designers from around the world to submit ideas for the improvement of this 17-km stretch of Autoroute 20 and its [...]