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July 24 2014

Affective Lighting at Carrousel des Fonds Marins in Nantes, France

July 24th, 2014Posted by 

At the beginning of June 2014, Laurent Lescop and Bernd Dahlgrun brought together schools of architecture from Hamburg, Gdansk and Nantes. Here follows an account of the international workshop. Vincent Laganier (VL): What does lighting bring to the context of an architecture workshop? Laurent Lescop (LL): Lighting is not taught much among architects. Natural light […]

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July 22 2014

Innovative Fire Hydrant-Water Fountains on the Plateau in Montreal

July 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Starting Monday, residents and commuters going through the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood will be able to drink straight out of two reinvented fire hydrant fountains. At first sight, the spatial allure of the metallic structures of the “Borneos” incites curiosity, as if it were necessary to “drink in order to believe it.” Installed Thursday, at the intersections of […]

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July 17 2014

Churches Outliving their Use in Montreal, Canada

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

Montreal, the city of a thousand church steeples? In order not to lose this identity which is intrinsic to its history, at a time when most churches are emptying out for lack of a secure future, the Quebec Religious Heritage Council (CPRQ) has published six portraits of the sacred sites that have been converted. This […]

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July 15 2014

Canadian Mayors Look to Roadway Tolls or Carbon Taxes to Fund Infrastructure

July 15th, 2014Posted by 

There is only one toll bridge in Quebec, between Laval and Montreal. Quebec – A toll bridge? A toll road? In Quebec, where the already heavily burdened taxpayer is expected to roll over freely, the idea is an aberration. There is only one toll bridge in Quebec, between Laval and Montreal, and the raising of […]

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July 10 2014

The Ephemeral Village 2014: A Visionary Event in Montreal, Canada

July 10th, 2014Posted by 

For the second year in a row, the Quebec Urban Design Association (ADUQ) has initiated a call for proposals in order to build an Ephemeral Village 2014. ADUQ’s goal is to transform underused places and turn them into gathering spots, places for experimenting with Montreal’s best: its creativity. A Very Ephemeral Success Last year, the […]

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July 08 2014

Little Velib for Children Comes to Paris, France

July 8th, 2014Posted by 

This new service will offer 300 rentable bikes, divided among five different locations in Paris: le Bois de Vincennes (12e), la Coulee Verte (12e), les Berges de Seine (7e), le Bois de Boulogne (16e), and le Canal de l’Ourcq (19e). Wednesday, the Municipality of Paris initiated a location-based bicycle service for children between 2 and 8 […]

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July 03 2014

Heritage In Danger: The Desrochers House, St-Leonard District, Montreal

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Thanks to sites being registered on the annual Heritage Montreal list of endangered sites, in 2013, the media brought to light the St-Leonard housing co-op and its sneaky disappearance – which was caused by the lack of a regulatory framework in the St-Leonard district. The largest grouping of bungalows ever built in Quebec, according to […]

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July 01 2014

From the Last Council Meeting of the Saint-Merri Neighborhood, Paris

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

The last meeting of the council of the Saint-Merri neighborhood was an opportunity for the municipality of the 4th Arrondisement to speak – plans on the boards – about the adjustments to the study concerning access to the Saint-Merri pool and school. “Vivre le Marais!” has not stopped discussing the upkeep and cleanliness issues now […]

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June 26 2014

Artistic Surprises in the Creation District, Quebec City, Canada

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

Six temporary works of public art will play hide and seek this summer with the visitors to the Old Port, Place Royale and Petit-Champlain districts, which are now identified under the Creation District banner. Among others, we will discover the works of Jose Luis Torres, Laurent Gagnon, and the Cooke-Sasseville duo. Collectives of young Quebec […]

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June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

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June 19 2014

Temporality, Energy Consumption & Lessons From Lighting in Lyon, France

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

“Temporality Is Essential to Mastering Energy Consumption,” Antoine Bouchet, former director of urban lighting for the City of Lyon from 2003 to 2012. Memories from four decades of light. At the end of March 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing Antoine Bouchet. This great professional leaves us “a non-exhaustive approach to lighting the City […]

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June 17 2014

Train Stations: Matrices of the 19th Century Parisian Imagination

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

From 1837 to 1914, railway stations covered Paris; they were a new kind of space, half-industrial and half-urban. This transplant profoundly transformed the landscape, but also the nature of the city, its functions and its place in the national and international arena. Under the Second Empire, the city was reconfigured around these new, modern “gates,” […]

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June 12 2014

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal Implements “Ecological” Vehicle Permits

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

In order to encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles, the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal district will be implementing a fee on parking permits that favors environmentally-friendly cars. At their next renewal, the owners of electrical vehicles will pay $58 per year, those who have hybrid models $87, and those who have gas-fueled cars $115. The current […]

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June 10 2014

A Project for Fighting Against the Nuisances in the Saint-Catherine Market Square

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

On several instances (notably in the articles published on July 23 and Sept. 10, 2013), we have mentioned the Saint-Catherine Market Square (4th Arrondisement), France, and the concerning problems that the residents encounter because of the outdoor seating areas of the numerous bars and restaurants within its perimeter. Pierre Colboc, an architect and president of […]

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June 05 2014

How Modernist French Apartment Complexes Could Attain Legitimacy As Heritage

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

Today, it is confirmed that the great French apartment complexes, made up in large part of social housing, have seen more than 30 years, as well as the first riots, which were central to neighborhoods in the suburbs of Lyon. These were what the media then called “the hot summer of Minguettes” – a socially […]

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June 03 2014

Billboards that Literally Breath & Create Potable Water in Lima, Peru

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

I have to confess that I am impressed by the social engagement of the future engineers from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology), who have continuously been innovating to improve the quality of life (which is often mediocre) of the residents of their home country of Peru. Last year, the group drew the attention of […]

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May 29 2014

Lights 2.0 on Stratumseind, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

In the “smart cities” of the future, lighting will play an important role. In December 2013, the city of Eindhoven kickstarted a very interesting future project for a “smart city” for the long term. The project aims to model the ambiance of one of the hotspots of popular entertainment in Europe, Stratumseind. It combines a […]

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May 27 2014

Social Housing as a Solution to the Ecological Impasse, France

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

I have already thought, and on a number of occasions, to support the construction of social housing on this blog. But beyond the preconceptions, very often caricature-esque, which would render a left-wing activist as a “public” and collective housing partisan because he is “social” by nature, while a right-wing activist would be defending the rise […]

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May 22 2014

Andre Blouin, The Modern Design of Montreal

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

As Europe was in full swing of reconstruction after WWII, Andre Blouin was shaping his style working in the atelier of August Perret in Paris. Passionate disciple of modernist principles, in 1952, he established himself in Montreal, a city whose image he would create. Montreal architect of the French Pavilion (the current Casino of Montreal), […]

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May 20 2014

French Government Implements First of Its Kind “Action Plan for Active Mobility”

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

On Wednesday, March 5th, the Minister of Transport revealed the Action Plan for Active Mobility (PAMA): 19 measures outlining a bike plan at the national level and establishing bicycles as “a major stake of public policy.” The question of the growth of bikes is even more important, especially since we have been going through a […]

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