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  1. Si la trame urbaine de Manhattan New York était étendu à la planète. http://extendny.com/ Fait par Harold Cooper Je resterais aux environs de 900 Ave et 6,176 St
  2. «Le Canada ne peut pas échapper à l'impact non seulement de la récession américaine mais aussi de l'appauvrissement provoqué par la chute de notre Bourse, a indiqué Sherry Cooper. Pour en lire plus...
  3. Opinion dans la Gazette. Cooper: Can Montreal become a ‘future city?’ BY CELINE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE APRIL 8, 2013 Revellers at this year’s Nuit Blanche warm up by the fire at Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles. In his new book A History of Future Cities, Daniel Brook writes: “The true city of the future is not simply the city with the tallest tower or the most stunning skyline but one that is piloted by the diverse, worldly, intelligent people it assembles and forges.” Can Montreal be one of these? Photograph by: Tim Snow , The Gazette MONTREAL — What is Montreal’s place among the world’s future global cities? I recently picked up Daniel Brook’s new book A History of Future Cities. In it, he skilfully braids together historical detail, journalism and storytelling to trace the impossible rise of Shanghai, Dubai, Mumbai and St. Petersburg from developing world “instant-cities” into four of the world’s most influential global hubs. Brook looks at how these cities in China, the United Arab Emirates, India and Russia were forged. His description of how soaring cityscapes were planned and erected out of deserts, frozen marshland, oceans and rice paddies through both the ambition of visionaries and the cruelty of despots gives us some context for the emerging Asian era that we are witnessing today. We learn a bit about how the economic development of the world’s nations has come to be inextricably linked to the development of global cities. So what does this have to do with Montreal? As it happens, I started reading this book about future cities on the same day that a sinkhole swallowed two cars at Montreal’s Trudeau airport. On top of the crumbling bridges, man-eating potholes and mould-infested public schools, there was also news that day about Bill 14, the Parti Québécois’s bid to bolster the province’s language laws and further regulate who can speak what, when and where. Much of this discussion focuses on the fear that Montreal is becoming “anglicized.” Which brings me back to the question: what is Montreal’s place in this new world landscape that is no longer necessarily one of nations, but of cities? For many of us who live here, Montreal occupies a special place on the global grid and in our imaginations. We often think of it as a metropolis that straddles old and new, French and English, Europe and North America. But thankfully Montreal and its inhabitants are much more complex than that. As Columbia University sociologist Saskia Sassen and other scholars who study global cities have argued, cities are where new norms and identities are shaped. Despite the fact that it has been hemorrhaging economic clout since the late 1970s and the 1980s, and that its infrastructure is falling apart at the seams, Montreal remains an inspiring, dynamic city. Montreal’s creativity — its colourful population and the ideas they bring to life — is without a doubt the city’s greatest asset. And yet while other urban hubs are leveraging their cultural and linguistic diversity to build intellectual and economic corridors that connect them to the rest of the world, here in Quebec we are told (by our government, no less) that Montreal’s diversity is not an asset but a problem to be managed. There is too much pasta and caffè in our restaurants. Our artists are composing songs in the wrong languages. Our children are learning too much English in the classroom. These things must be regulated with new bills, laws and decrees. It reminds me of a line by urban thinker and activist Jane Jacobs in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961. Jacobs wrote: “There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.” And so it is. A History of Future Cities attests to the fact that a built urban environment is important. Dazzling feats of engineering, architectural brilliance, skylines of human-made steel and glass stalagmites are meant to be both inspiring and functional, a draw for the world’s financially and intellectually ambitious people. But one of the most compelling lines in the book — and the one that resonated with me as I pondered Montreal’s future in the world — was this: “The true city of the future is not simply the city with the tallest tower or the most stunning skyline but one that is piloted by the diverse, worldly, intelligent people it assembles and forges.” In other words, a fancy cityscape matters, but the people who live there matter more. For Quebec to succeed as it moves into the future — whether as a sovereign country or as part of the Canadian federation — it needs Montreal to thrive. Montreal’s place among future global cities will depend on not only attracting the world’s best and brightest, but allowing them the freedom to be diverse, to be themselves, and to be brilliant. [email protected] Twitter: @CooperCeline © Copyright © The Montreal Gazette Original source article: Cooper: Can Montreal become a ‘future city?’ Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Celine+Cooper+Montreal+become+future+city/8202375/story.html#ixzz2Puw40uY7
  4. CityFlitz débarque à Montréal: http://www.cityflitz.com/home/'>http://www.cityflitz.com/home/ CityFlitz s’installe à Montréal: Louer une voiture pour 1$... ou presque Christian Duperron 06 juillet 2009 01:00 Yves Provencher/Métro La flotte de CityFlitz est composée de voitures à faible consommation d’essence. À Montréal, elle misera d’abord sur des Smart et des MINI Cooper. D’autres modèles, comme des MINI Cooper Clubman, des Volkswagen Beetle et des Toyota Prius, pourraient s’ajouter à la flotte en fonction des demandes des annonceurs. L’entreprise City Flitz lancera ce jeudi à Montréal son service de location de voitures à 1 $. Ce service de partage est financé par la publicité : les véhicules mis à la disposition des membres en sont entièrement recouverts. Après Toronto l’an dernier et Vancouver en juin, Montréal et Calgary deviendront les prochaines villes canadiennes à voir ces véhicules publicitaires circuler dans leurs rues. De plus, le service pourrait être lancé à Québec d’ici le début de l’an prochain, a indiqué à Métro Andreas Kotal, le grand patron de CityFlitz. «Quelqu’un qui devient membre à Montréal pourra aussi louer une automobile à Calgary, Toronto ou Vancouver», fait-il remarquer. À Montréal, 10 véhicules seront disponibles au lancement, et 3 autres s’ajouteront éventuellement. La première campagne sera aux couleurs de l’entreprise d’alimentation Fontaine Santé. Elle sera suivie d’une autre pour Yahoo! Canada. Avec ces 13 véhicules, M. Kotal espère recruter 150 membres. «Tous ceux qui s’inscrivent au programme doivent être conscients qu’en raison du prix qui est si bas, la demande est très forte. Il faut planifier et réserver environ deux semaines à l’avance», note-t-il au passage. Des règles à suivre Le concept comporte ainsi plusieurs contraintes et obligations. Les abonnés ne peuvent réserver qu’une journée à la fois et doivent ensuite attendre 48 heures avant de pouvoir faire une nouvelle réservation. L’a bon nement est effectué en payant d’abord 35 $ pour l’ouverture du dossier, puis 350 $ pour un dépôt de sécurité remboursable. En fin, des frais mensuels de 7 $ sont facturés. La location à 1 $ est limitée à 23 heures, soit de 8 h à 7 h le lendemain, peu importe l’heure de prise de possession. L’essence est aux frais de l’utilisateur, qui doit posséder une carte de crédit couvrant les assurances et dont le dossier de conducteur doit satisfaire à certains critères. Les utilisateurs doivent demeurer dans la zone urbaine prédéterminée par la compagnie : c’est le prix à payer pour assurer une visibilité intéressante aux annonceurs (cette «Flitz-Zone» sera disponible sur la version française du site web, lancée demain). De plus, les membres doivent rouler au moins 30 km dans la journée, toujours afin d’assurer un maximum de visibilité. À Montréal, les abonnés pourront se procurer une automobile à cinq ou six en droits près des transports en commun, et ce, peu importe l’heure et pour un nombre illimité de kilomètres. Voitures à faible consommation La flotte de CityFlitz est composée de voitures à faible consommation d'essence. À Montréal, elle misera d’abord sur des Smart et des MINI Cooper. D’autres modèles comme des MINI Cooper Clubman, Volkswagen Beetle et Toyota Prius pourraient s’ajouter à la flotte en fonction des demandes des annonceurs. «Par exemple, les Prius sont présentement très populaires à Vancouver, les gens aiment les utiliser et cela démontre une conscience environnementale. La plupart des Toyota Prius utilisées jusqu’à maintenant l’ont été à Vancouver», explique le directeur de l’entreprise basée à Toronto. Fait à noter, toutes les automobiles contiennent un équipement qui donne accès à l’internet Wi-Fi. Par ailleurs, un système de GPS est aussi intégré et permet à la compagnie de garder un œil sur la position des véhicules, et même de surveiller les excès de vitesse. Les informations sur l’utilisation de l’automobile sont également mises à la disposition des annonceurs pour des fins de marketing. De la publicité différente Avec son concept, CityFlitz évalue qu’une publicité sera vue en moyenne 70 000 fois dans une journée. Une visibilité pour laquelle les annonceurs paient en moyenne 3000 $ par mois, selon la taille des voitures utilisées. «C’est un peu moins pour la Smart, un peu plus pour la MINI Cooper Clubman», précise M. Kotal. «Les annonceurs obtiennent un panneau d’affichage mobile sur la route 24 heures par jour, 7 jours par semaine, avec un conducteur différent derrière le volant chaque jour, donc un trajet différent», fait par ailleurs valoir M. Kotal. En plus de Fontaine Santé et Yahoo! Canada, l’entreprise a pu compter sur l’intérêt de compagnies telles que Cineplex, Nike, Nestea, HBO Canada et Banque Scotia. Plus de détails: http://www.cityflitz.com
  5. March 15, 2009 KEY | SPRING 2009 By JIM LEWIS New York is the capital of glass, the city of windows. Other cities get their gravitas from marble or stone, but New York is made of silica, soda ash and lime, melted to make this vitreous stuff: transparent, translucent and opaque; reflective, tinted, frosted, coated, clear. The slightest shift in the angle of sun fall can hide or reveal entire worlds, and as evening comes the city gradually turns itself inside out — the streets go dark and the buildings open up, offering their rooms like stagelets upon which our little lives are played. 25 Cooper Square: The Cooper Square Hotel Completed: 2009 Architect: Carlos Zapata Developer: Sciame Photo date: Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 As old as the material is, glass remains a mystery. No one quite knows what goes on, down where the molecules bind — whether it’s a slow-moving liquid, an especially mutable solid or something in between. Still, new compounds appear regularly, with new qualities that promise new possibilities. The substance has never been exhausted, and may yet prove inexhaustible, an endless inspiration to architects and designers as it grows stronger, lighter, clearer and more flexible. 731 Lexington Avenue and 1 Beacon Court: Global headquarters for Bloomberg L.P. and other offices, as well as retail and residences Completed: 2005 Architects: Cesar and Rafael Pelli (Pelli Clark Pelli Architects) Developer: Vornado Realty Trust Photo date: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 For this issue, In Sook Kim, an artist with a special interest in intimacy and display, photographed five buildings in Manhattan — chips in the kaleidoscope of the city and homes to some of its most emblematic activities: business, the arts, putting up tourists and, of course, staying in for the night. 405 West 55th Street: The Joan Weill Center for Dance, home of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Completed: 2004 Architect: lu + Bibliowicz Architects L.L.P. Photo date: Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 For each photograph, Kim, who is based in Germany, lit interior rooms with colored gels and arranged the occupants of the buildings in everyday tableaux. She then parked herself across from the buildings with a large-format camera, the glass of her lens facing the glass of the facades, creating portraits of the city as a crystalline beehive, always bright and always busy. 48 Bond Street: Condominium residence Completed: 2008 Architect: Deborah Berke & Partners Architects Developer: Dacbon L.L.C. Photo date: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/realestate/keymagazine/15KeyGLASS-t.html?ref=keymagazine&pagewanted=print
  6. Le Québec au coeur du succès de la reprise canadienne Publié le 16 juin 2010 à 06h38 | Mis à jour à 06h43
  7. Contrôler les propos sur les réseaux sociaux, c'est une mesure complètement dépassée. Que vont-ils faire plus tard? S'attaquer aux applications mobiles parce qu'elles ne sont pas en français? Complètement R-I-D-I-C-U-L-E! Quebec language watchdog targets Facebook page Social media the new frontier for agency probing Ottawa-area retail boutique By Joel Balsam CHELSEA, QUE. — The agency in charge of enforcing the primacy of the French language in Quebec apparently has a new target — social media. Eva Cooper, the owner of a small retail boutique called Delilah in the Parc, has been notified by the language agency that if she doesn't translate the shop's Facebook page into French, she will face an injunction, which will carry consequences such as a fine. "Ultimately, to me, Facebook has nothing to do with Quebec," said Cooper, who uses the social media site to inform customers of new products in her boutique in Chelsea, north of Ottawa. The shop has an all-bilingual staff of fewer than 10 people. "I'm happy to mix it up, but I'm not going to do every post half in French, half in English. I think that that defeats the whole purpose of Facebook," said Cooper, who has requested the agency send her their demands in English. Cooper's case represents a new frontier for the language agency, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). The agency says probes of social media complaints, which started only recently, are "not frequent." This all comes amid election talk in the province. Diane De Courcy, Quebec minister of immigration and cultural communities, said earlier this week that if her party wins the next election, they will toughen language laws for small businesses. In particular, the Parti Québécois will crack down on bilingualism, such as the "Bonjour-Hi" greeting used in many areas including Chelsea and Montreal. Traditionally, the language agency has targeted non-Francophone businesses that have signs or promotional material in a language other than French, but there have been some instances of small businesses' websites being targeted as well. In 2011, a smokehouse in Chelsea was threatened with a $1,000 fine if it didn't translate its website into French, and earlier this month, a Montreal-based website called "Provocateur Communications" was told it must comply with the French language charter by translating its page. Still, the question of how the agency is able to dictate what goes on social media in particular is "really murky," said Cooper. "Would I be able to do my text in English on (Pinterest or) Twitter?" The notice addressed to Cooper is dated Feb. 7 — almost a calendar year to the day when the "pastagate" scandal made international headlines after a Montreal restaurant was investigated for having the word "pasta" on the menu instead of the French word "pâtes." The fallout led to the resignation of the language agency's president and the launch of a "triage system" for complaints to prioritize cases that had the most impact. "This is not consistent with what the OQLF said after they evaluated their approach last spring around complaints," said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents 41 English organizations. "She's in Chelsea. (Her Facebook page) has only 602 likes. There is no gravity to this. This is ridiculous," said Martin-Laforge. Jean-Pierre Le Blanc, spokesperson for the language agency, wouldn't comment specifically on Cooper's notice, but explained how Quebec's language law applies to Facebook. "If you talk to your friends, it's not a problem, but if it's the sale or promotion of a product or service, (it must be in French)," he said. "Our demand is this: if you sell in Quebec, it must be in French." Cooper has until March 10 to respond to the notice before she is hit with the injunction that could lead to a fine. If the language agency goes the route of asking Facebook to take down Cooper's page, it would have to prove the page violates Facebook's community standards, which prohibit the use of graphic content, hate speech, spam or harassment. Facebook does have the power to block the IP address of the page in a specific area or country if it violates the law, but this is reserved for extreme circumstances.