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Complexe du groupe Dallaire comprenant une tour de 65 étages, qui serait la plus haute tour à l'est de Toronto.

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11 minutes ago, rnr_ss said:

J'ai manqué un boute, il y a un projet de métro bus à Québec ? C'était pas un tramway ?

Voici le fil:


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The Lighthouse, a project against nature

The sun
Chicago is the city that gave birth to skyscrapers. Louis Sullivan, architect (1856-1924), is the reference. Beyond this new way of building, high up, made of skyscrapers, Sullivan had a dream: that of bringing nature into the cities. What about Quebec?

Curieusement in Quebec, it does the reverse. We have an exceptional link with nature and, to be like "all the big cities of the world", we will use a single skyscraper to assert and break this link that distinguishes us: the real estate project Le Phare, without With regard to the landscape, by appropriating a piece of sky, if not the whole horizon, will break this link with nature, brutally, heavily, without elegance.

This is probably the last water hammer of a "generation that ate chicken rather than eggs", thus capturing capital rather than profiting only by safeguarding heritage for future generations.

"Architecture is the mirror of society," said Sullivan. At a time when people are mobilizing to save the planet, breaking the link of a city with nature is not the best idea, it is against the nature and against nature.


Opting for tall buildings in Quebec, even skyscrapers, without dealing with the landscape, both urban and natural, is risky, even risky: Quebec is a horizontal city.

Nothing ordinary in this horizontality. It follows the contours of the St. Lawrence Valley, a melting pot of the former Champlain Sea, bordered by the Laurentians to the north and the Adirondack Mountains to the south. In its main part, the city stretches along a narrow rock pointing to the east, far away, where the waters of the Champlain Sea have returned, hundreds of kilometers away, there are hundreds of years to the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the great gesture of the city of Quebec: horizontally, well set in the landscape, pointing to the east, frank as the rock on which sits the city for centuries, with, down, on its flank south, a thin stream of Champlain's sea, which has since become the St. Lawrence River, which persists.

Quebec City is home to the St. Lawrence Valley, the former Sea of Champlain, a vast open space overlooking the sky and the horizon. Unexpected wealth.


Any observer will have noticed: the sky of Quebec, with these multiple points of view towards the horizon, is a value sought. The recent announcement of three projects is revealing: one takes the sky straight, the second advances, and the third gives it back.

The first project, Le Phare, a real estate investment with a shopping center and a mix of functions, will benefit from the setting up of a structuring transport system, the tramway. This element, essential to the success of the project, makes it possible to make larger buildings taller, higher up on the podium: skyscrapers, unobstructed views, taking the Quebec skies, taking capital.

The second project involves the transformation, into a park, of the site of the former church of St. Vincent de Paul, Abraham's coast. "If you go to see the point of view it gives, it's beautiful," said the mayor. Indeed, the sunsets, to the west, above the mountains, can be admired there. On the other hand, time is running out, because the last buildings built in the city center, a little too high, partly mask the show: buildings in heights, partial view, "city that sinks", horizon that closes.

The third project takes another look, extremely rare, even exceptional: the demolition, during renovations, of the six upper floors of the main tower of the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Old Québec, at the request of the Augustinian congregation. Any walker has already seen his eyes embarrassed by this building, too high, poorly designed, mechanical roof visible: decision-making, harmonization of heights, horizon found, immensity as far as the eye can see.

The dream

It is fascinating to note the admiration of the Mayor of Quebec for the "mirrors of water", the result of a trip to Bordeaux, France, where, in 2006, Place de la Bourse of water that reflects, dramatically, the environment, all around. It is fascinating to note that here in Quebec, we already have this "mirror of water", this spectacle, before us, in us, deployed towards and in the horizon. The mayor, however, does not see it: the horizon of Quebec is a common good.

And if "Venice reflects its palaces in its waters," it is easy to see that Quebec's skyline is reflected and reversed in the eyes of visitors and Quebecers, impregnated and dazzled by the beauty of the show, the landscape: it is the very foundation of the dream. He is there, the "mirror of water". Horizontally, at the end of a street, in the middle of a square, a gazebo, a park ... buildings and well-designed places. With all these "reflections", Quebec becomes a jewel set with diamonds.

Louis Sullivan, architect, considered the initiator of the skyscrapers, had the dream of bringing nature into the cities. The city, if it is authentic, is anchored in the dream just as the dream is anchored in the city: it is inseparable.

The search for a balanced urban composition in the landscape is desirable. The city of Quebec unfolds and opens towards the horizon, towards the "sea", towards the dream, in harmony with nature: verticality is acceptable in Quebec, no doubt, but the right measure remains in place, always 

We are rich because we have a horizon. It's our capital.



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