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August 05 2014

Saint-Catherine, Montreal Struggles with Downtown Transportation Access

August 5th, 2014Posted by Katelyn Hewett

François Cardinal invited Clément Demers, an architect, urban planner, and professor in the University of Montreal’s School of Architecture, to write an article for his blog. The article related to a piece that Cardinal had written about Montréal’s Rue St. Catherine earlier in the week, now published on the same site, La Presse. The development of downtown and the surrounding […]

August 01 2014

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

August 1st, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

July 31 2014

In Montreal, A Different Way of Looking at Historic Preservation

July 31st, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

How far do we have to go in order to protect our urban heritage without turning our cities into soulless museums? In the aftermath of the demolition of the Redpath House, a Montreal architectural gem, the scientific director of the Canadian research chair in urban heritage of UQAM, Lucie K. Morisset, speaks out. And these […]

July 22 2014

Innovative Fire Hydrant-Water Fountains on the Plateau in Montreal

July 22nd, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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 […]

July 21 2014

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 21st, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or placottoirs in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces that are installed in the parking areas in front of businesses. What makes […]

July 18 2014

How will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 18th, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

July 17 2014

Churches Outliving their Use in Montreal, Canada

July 17th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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 […]

July 10 2014

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

July 10th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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 […]

July 07 2014

Shaping Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Accessibility for All

July 7th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

The development of the city center and the region are inseparable. Montreal’s downtown is rapidly losing ground to the region’s other job centers, and if this trend persists, it will look more and more like the scarcely visited downtown areas of many American cities. The cause of this phenomenon is simple: for about fifty years, […]

July 04 2014

The Underground City: Beneath the Surface of Montreal, Quebec

July 4th, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

July 03 2014

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

July 3rd, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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 […]

June 25 2014

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

June 25th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handful of dollars. That is the belief of the Montreal Center of Urban Ecology (CEUM). In the […]

June 24 2014

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

June 24th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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 […]

June 12 2014

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

June 12th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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 […]

June 04 2014

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 4th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has announced the installation of “bike streets” where bicycles will have priority over motor vehicles. Imported from Europe, this concept of sharing roadways […]

May 22 2014

Andre Blouin, The Modern Design of Montreal

May 22nd, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

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), […]

May 19 2014

Importing the Architectural Follies of Montpellier, France to Montréal, Canada

May 19th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Unusual, original, and out of the ordinary, follies have existed since the seventeenth century (and even before). They are often extravagant, unreasonable, or fantastic. Associated with the aristocracy and more recently with eccentrics, these buildings are above all known in Europe. For example, the city of Montpellier, France is home to such historic buildings dating […]

May 13 2014

Walk the Region 2014: Green Spaces in Montreal, Quebec

May 13th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

Walk the Region, Montreal, is back for the fourth time from June 28th to 30th, 2014. During this three-day expedition, we plan on walking nearly seventy kilometers, departing from the Sainte-Julie agricultural grounds on the South-Shore and arriving in the old town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, which has been transformed into a college town, at the point […]

April 28 2014

Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians in Conflict in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April 28th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

I received a flood of vicious, angry emails following an editorial I wrote about how it is necessary to revise Quebec’s Highway Safety Code. People are accusing me of wanting to see special treatment given to cyclists, even though they are “all raging mad, and think they can do whatever they want.” Yet, the idea […]

April 09 2014

Green Light Given for Bike Path in Montreal, Canada

April 9th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

On March 25th, the administration of the city of Montreal finally gave the green light to a development project aiming to create an elevated bicycle route that will eventually be located under the Saint-Laurent railway overpass on the corner of Bellechasse Street. This area, riddled with potholes, will be targeted for a complete facelift in […]


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