Comments on: Reflections on Contemporary Architecture and Drummondville, Quebec, Canada Branding for Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Non-Profits, Landscape Architecture, & Urban Planning Companies Fri, 26 Jun 2015 02:21:58 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Cruz Sat, 30 Nov 2013 18:21:10 +0000 I think in any case, there’s a few things that need to be thought out. Some places are heavy on old style architecture tourism, so modernity that’s mixed in will damage that. People also should be able to shape their communities as well, are they looking for something more modern, or should new buildings be built in the style to compliment the older ones and keep that old charm? There’s a lot of ways the new and the old can be combined, like what they did in Paris with “old” and “new” paris. It may be beneficial to have two different codes for different parts of town, as well as decide how much new technology makes sense to have on historic buildings (for example, should a historic building be allowed to use solar panels or would that destroy the aesthetics).

As for Drummondville specifically, I think you can get new architecture that adds to character, the problems are in terms of market and costs: it’s going to cost more to make sure builders don’t cut corners and you end up with something different than what was envisioned; it’s going to cost more to design and build interesting buildings, and people have to be able to want to buy them and pay that inflated cost.