Architecture


Following my last post, I figured this might make a good segue-way. It seems after many years of water infiltration, decay, mould, and pure filth, the STM is finally deciding to do something about what is probably Montreal’s ugliest, smelliest, most poorly-ventilated Metro station. I’m talking of course about Guy-Concordia. Read on… (more…)

If you spend as much time in Montreal’s downtown core as I do, you might have noticed the ginormous “Guaranteed Milk” bottle near Lucien-L’Allier which, if it’s contents held true to it’s image would have long gone sour. Some argue it’s a landmark while others feel it is taking up much-needed real estate. Most recently you may have noticed that the bottle is surrounded in scaffolding. What’s going on? Read on… (more…)

Mayor Gerald Tremblay is throwing a challenge out to designers: conceive a new design for Montreal bus shelters. Read on… (more…)

As some of you may already know, I’m currently subletting a quaint apartment on the Plateau for the summer months. I must admit that I’ve grown a certain fondness for the area rather quickly. One of the aspects that I truly adore has to be the typical Plateau architechture with it’s vibrant colours, outdoor staircases, and balconies. But how exactly did this landscape develop? Read on… (more…)

As I made my way to Mont-Royal metro earlier today, you could imagine the surprise and delight that came over me as I walked into a real life re-creation of the yard from Norman McLaren’s “Neighbours” with the video (above) playing in the house windows. If you’ve never seen this video, give ‘er a look. It actually brings us back to a time when the National Film Board was booming and avant-garde in contrast to the rest of the cinematic world. But I digress. So what was this display all about? Read on… (more…)

Just caught the front page of The Gazette and it seems it was 50 years ago this week that the St. Lawrence Seaway was completed. The image caption reads:

“Massive dikes were built, bridges were altered, locks were installed to lift ships 25 storeys above sea level. In all, 22,000 workers toiled on the 3,700-km St. Lawrence Seaway…”

If you’ve followed my blog lately (which I’m sure you do religiously, right?) you might remember a post about the future of St. Laurent boulevard between Rene-Levesque and Ste. Catherine. Long story short, as part of the new Quartier des Spectacles project the city is attempting to evict tenants of the Southwest corner of St. Laurent and Ste. Catherine (some of whom have been there since the early 1900’s) in favour of an office tower. Read on… (more…)

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