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    montrealer since '95.
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  1. kool maudit

    QUAD Windsor: projet global

    Total shit. Look at those little townhomes facing Notre-Dame and Peel. Is this Fort Lauderdale? This part of downtown should be chunky, dense, complicated. It should be a determined effort to recreate the energy and use patterns that characterised the old Hay Market; Griffintown is a first-order, inner-ring neighbourhood and it is in the process of revivification after Drapeau's vandalism. But instead we get this shit. This is a Terasses Windsor for the boom era.
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    Hôtel Art de vivre - 35 étages

    The Domtar garden sucked anyway. The most important thing for squares and plazas is that they be contextualised by the surrounding urbanity. The QdS in general does not have enough of this – too many of its spaces leak energy into weird building-backs and parking lots, vacant lots. The way some 'green space' (bad term) advocates talk, you would think the best context for an urban park is more parks on every side. But that's not a city.
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    800 rue Saint-Jacques (Banque Nationale) - 40 étages

    Another counterpoint still: we still have work to do. Maybe the culture of the city will change one day so as to favour tall buildings. This would be similar to what happened in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, when the city jumped from a 500-550 foot plateau skyline to a 1000-foot plus reality. Interesting side note here, Montreal's tallest buildings were taller than those of Chicago in the late 1960s. Before this happens, our goal should be to see the construction of well-designed, conservatively proportioned skyscrapers whose urban attributes gradually give this building type a better image among ordinary Montrealers. Luckily, we still have a reasonable degree of latitude for architects and developers to play with; just as Chicago's Art Deco skyscraper landmarks are stunning despite falling universally shy of the 200m mark, so too do our high-rise architects have every ability to maximise their expertise in the form within the current parameters. Tour de la Bourse or the IBM building are not little sub-scrapers like, say, the Potsdamer Platz buildings in Berlin. They are powerful presences that mightily boost their respective streetscapes, and their lessons can be applied to larger buildings if and when politics permit. In the meantime, it is very important that Montreal's new high-rises, whether 200m or 100m, are of a type that improve's this style of building's reputation. It would take a 300m tower to really mark Montreal's return to the realm of skyscrapers anyway. It doesn't matter if this BN tower is 139m or 210m.
  4. kool maudit

    800 rue Saint-Jacques (Banque Nationale) - 40 étages

    Counterpoint: It doesn't matter. Montreal is out of the race so far as tall buildings go; the city's height limit means that we cannot even build a 250m tower, and that is hardly tall from a world or even continental perspective. On the other hand, so what? Is Stockholm unpleasant due to its lack of such? Hamburg? Do these cities lack for interesting buildings? It is entirely possible to build a landmark building, a memorable and spectacular building, at 139m. It's possible at 90m, at 65m. Even if the building was 230m, it would not vault Montreal to anything close to North American leadership in the field of skyscrapers. Buildings in places like Atlanta and Seattle would still dwarf it, to say nothing of Toronto or Chicago. The most important thing is to gradually build out this part of town, to use it to connect the urban fabrics of downtown, the Old Port, and Griffintown in such a way that it ultimately results in central Montreal feeling nearly 30% larger, being nearly 30% larger in terms of most people's usage patterns. The building doesn't need to be particularly tall for this. It just needs to be good.
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    HEC Montréal (pavillon centre-ville) - 8 étages

    Pour les embrouillés, un terrain vacant pourrait être "espace vert" ... et certains "espaces verts" de Montréal ont les qualités de terrains vacants! Nous devrions parler de ces lieux en fonction de leurs objectifs, pas de leur couleur,
  6. kool maudit

    Métro: Ligne Rose

    Ce sera excellent pour le nord-est, mais aussi pour les quartiers St-Laurent/Rachel (Plateau sud-ouest) et Milton-Parc à l'approche du centre-ville.
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    HEC Montréal (pavillon centre-ville) - 8 étages

    This is a good move. I used to live by this park and went to it often; I am not concerned about its partial disappearance. Montreal has a problem with the "framing" of its downtown green spaces. All too often, they are not properly hemmed in by streetwalls, which leads to an effect in which the urban intensity sort of leaks out. This one faced the back of those dumpy restaurants on Beaver Hall and the replacement of this awkward interface with a building entrance will make the park more functionally urban and vibrant even if it is smaller. On this note, place du Canada shouldn't exist; Dominion Square would be better were it framed by a prewar block on the south side of RL. As it is, the sub-Ste.-Cat urban vibe peters out across this space to be replaced by a weird edge-of-town feeling around Le 1000. It's like how people argued for the preservation of that idiot space in front of Transat when the Pine/Parc interchange was torn down... were it replaced by a building that properly "announced" the park like New York's Plaza Hotel, there could have been a whole traffic/taxi stand/benches vibe into what is already an enormous park. As it is, we have a yard faced by the rear of a row of townhouses. Montrealers need to stop talking of "green space" and begin talking of parks, plazas and squares. "Green space" is too indefinite.
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    Appartements Dorchester - 37 étages

    These are low-end apartments from a developer whose site features misspellings. Are they really going to raise a 37-storey tower? I doubt it.
  9. Anglophones generally support extending a 'free-market' stance to language issues because such a stance would favour their – our – tongue. There is no real appreciation in the English-speaking world for the desires of smaller languages, even very big "smaller" languages like French, to maintain themselves. To them it seems stifling and absurd, but their thing is at no risk. Here in Copenhagen, with no historical Anglo presence, I have heard UK expats bemoan the lack of government services in English, even as this city offers one of the most effortless English experiences of any non-Anglo city in the world. There no end to this. In our bones we find it natural to speak English everywhere. We are a very strange bunch and for the moment our two-century hegemony is as difficult to describe for us as water is to a fish. The existence and flourishing of the French fact in North America is a miracle, Montreal is its largest centre, and Louisiana was a very real possibility within living memory. I support French-language protectionism more than I did when I lived in Montreal, and hope when I return to live a more Francophone life there than I did previously.... present post excluded
  10. A corner that was once very heavy becomes very light. Montreal loses tissue. This whole thing is a disaster.
  11. kool maudit

    CHUM - 17, 20 étages

    also don't contribute to the humane society; hitler loved animals.
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    Le Peterson - 34 étages

    it's stupid and ungainly.
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    Marriott Courtyard Montréal Centre-ville - 40 étages (2014)

    avenue du parc has been called "park avenue" by more of its residents for a longer period than called it "l'avenue du parc." fuck, it should be richler street.
  14. kool maudit

    Montréal vu de Dallas

    i used to feel similarly about the courthouse and the national bank. now i love them. we're montreal, not unesco quebec.