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November 24 2014

Red Light Stops Revitalization of Montreal’s Red Light District

November 24th, 2014Posted by 

The corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ste. Catherine Street used to form a gateway to the lower Main: Montreal’s Red Light District. Home to organized crime, prostitution, illegal gaming houses, cabarets, brothels and strip clubs, the sex industry has a long, illustrious heritage in the city. Since the late 19th Century, the area welcomed […]

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November 12 2014

Silos and Signage Reflect Industrial Heritage in Old Port of Montreal, Quebec

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

The heyday of industrial activity in the Old Port of Montreal lasted between 1896 and 1930, when the city became a bustling center for the grain trade. To meet the demands of the million tonnes of merchandise passing through the city, the port modernized its facilities. Massive grain elevators, sheds and higher quays were built […]

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October 29 2014

A New District Emerges Around Historic Windsor Station in Downtown Montreal

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

A new bit of skyline will emerge in the lower part of downtown Montreal during the next fifteen years. Developer Cadillac-Fairview, a real-estate branch of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, is creating Quad Windsor, a mixed-use development project comprised of nine new buildings centered around Windsor Station. The two billion dollar project is to be […]

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October 15 2014

Montreal, Quebec is One of Five Global Hubs of UN’s Future Earth Project

October 15th, 2014Posted by 

Climate change poses a threat to peace, security, health, livelihoods, places and species. The United Nations project Future Earth has been designed to respond to these challenges. Its purpose is to advance scientific studies on questions of environmental impact, to merge science and public policy, and to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the […]

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October 10 2014

Racing Towards the Finish Line: Behind Montreal’s Hippodrome Development Project

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

The Hippodrome of Montreal, formerly named the Blue Bonnets Raceway, was a horse racing track and casino founded in 1872. It has sat at its current site on Decarie Boulevard in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough since 1907. Having gone bankrupt and officially closing its doors in 2009, the 43.5-hectare tract of vacant, abandoned land presents the […]

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September 19 2014

The Iconic Form of Montreal’s Plexes Wavers with Condominium Construction

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

Residents that walk the streets of Montreal, and visitors alike, are often drawn to the city’s architecture, particularly its iconic form of the plexes. These two to three story, flat-roofed residential buildings may take the form of duplexes (two units), triplexes (three units), or multiplexes (four to six units), and are most widely recognized for their outdoor […]

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September 05 2014

Turning Over a New Leaf at the Queen of Angels Campus in Montreal, Quebec

September 5th, 2014Posted by 

As a new school year begins, the girls that once attended Queen of Angels Academy will be starting a new grade at entirely new schools. This semi-private, Catholic, all-girls secondary school in Dorval, a Montreal suburb located on the western part of the island, completed its final school year in June 2014 and officially closed […]

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September 03 2014

Top 5 Online Education Programs in Urban Planning

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Upon being given the task of formulating a list of the top five programs available online for urban planning, I had to first question the differences between online education and traditional education. The traditional schooling experience provides comfort in familiarity by attending lectures and seminars in person and on campus within a classroom setting, and […]

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August 29 2014

“Pedestrianized” Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic. This segment is bordered by the two major commercial thoroughfares of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Denis Street, though the latter is situated beyond Square St-Louis, a small picturesque park. The glory of this […]

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August 01 2014

The Village Éphémère: The Transformation of a Vacant Public Space in Montreal

August 1st, 2014Posted by 

Facing the St. Lawrence River, just steps away from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, exists a vacant concrete lot called Pied-du-Courant. Used as a snow dump during the winter, it remains unused throughout the rest of the year. This summer the Urban Design Association of Quebec (ADUQ), along with other collaborators, worked together to recreate this space […]

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July 18 2014

How will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 18th, 2014Posted by 

Two super-hospitals (MUHC and CHUM) are under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research. Their development will combine several major hospitals onto their two sites, rendering many historic buildings vacant and left […]

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July 04 2014

The Underground City: Beneath the Surface of Montreal, Quebec

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

The name “Underground City” draws images of a thriving metropolis lying deep beneath city streets. Instead, these subterranean spaces contain a network of links to transportation, commercial, recreational, and residential uses. Though underground cities exist all around the world, what makes Montreal’s system of corridors and tunnels stand out from the rest? It is officially […]

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June 20 2014

Urban Realities in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

The city of 6.2 million people is alive with a constant buzz, the many sights, smells, and sounds drawing your attention every which way. There are thus many ways with which I could have approached this farewell piece (from this point on I’ll be writing from Montreal, Canada) to a city which has been my […]

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June 06 2014

Barra da Tijuca: American Influences in a Brazilian Neighbourhood

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

Labeled “Brazil’s Miami Beach,” Barra da Tijuca is a rich and trendy beach-front district located in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, about forty kilometers from the city center. Known for its Americanized lifestyle, its urban development is seemingly modeled on North America’s wealthy suburbs, and is marked by its Floridian feel. It is considered one […]

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May 30 2014

Bus Strikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bring Mobility to a Hault

May 30th, 2014Posted by 

Two bus strikes occurring less than a week apart put a severe strain on Rio de Janeiro’s daily commuters. A twenty-four hour strike began on May 8, 2014 and a forty-eight hour one soon followed on May 13, 2014 when workers did not receive the 40% pay increase they demanded. The bus strikes have occurred […]

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May 16 2014

The Lost Tramway of Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

May 16th, 2014Posted by 

The winding cobblestone streets of Rio de Janeiro’s most bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa are aligned with historic colonial homes, intimate cafes and bars, funky restaurants, and quaint artisanal shops. A hilltop district, it offers sweeping views of both the city center and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Adding to the neighbourhood’s charm was a yellow tram, […]

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May 02 2014

Cable Car Controversy in Complexo do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro

May 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Inside a little red cable car, we journeyed atop several of the favela’s hills. Looking down below, the density and vastness of Complexo do Alemão, a complex of thirteen favelas in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, is nothing short of astonishing. Tin roofs glint in the sunlight, clothes hang on the line of top floor […]

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April 18 2014

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church in downtown Rio de Janeiro. As a regular gathering spot for street children, dozens took refuge here as a place to rest. Official reports differ on the motive behind such action, yet at 11:00pm, police opened fire […]

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April 04 2014

Painting the Town Yellow, Green, and Blue: Street Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 4th, 2014Posted by 

Beyond its inherent associations with youthful disobedience and vandalism, Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as a little frivolity and playfulness. A distinction needs to be made therefore between grafite, a street art style focused on aesthetics, and pichação, or tagging, in which early […]

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March 21 2014

Room Service! The Delta and Holiday Inn Hotels Convert to Dorms in Montreal

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

If Canada’s Harper government is successful in reaching its goal of attracting 450,000 international students and researchers to its universities by 2022, then student housing is set to become a major issue. As it is, international student enrollment has increased in the city of Montreal, Quebec, despite grim predictions. Home to four large universities including […]

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