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Euhhhhhh!!! Je comprends pas trop! Peut-être d'un point de vue économique, mais d'un point de vue social je trouve ce classement douteux.


Comme tous les classements d'ailleurs qui choisissent des paramètres particuliers. Allons-nous encore tomber dans ce piège à cons? Avons-nous à ce point besoin de nous rassurer quant à notre valeur? Rien n'est parfait dans ce bas-monde et les défauts de l'un sont parfois les qualités de l'autre. Alors j'attends le prochain classement qui comme les Oscars restera toujours subjectif.

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J'avoue que plus que je vieillis, plus que je trouve ces "sondages" cons!


Je me souviens très bien qu'à la fin des années 90, Montréal avait été nommé meilleure ville au monde(a égalité avec Seattle et Melbourne) et ce pendant 2 ou 3 années consécutives.

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Ce matin à la radio, on disait que Montréal était 15e devant Paris. Mais Calgary en 5e, et devant Mtl? C'est pcq je suis trop chauvin que je ne crois pas un instant à ça??


People want to eat healthier now, Montreal smoked meat is bad for you. Steak is still okay so Calgary is in, and everyone likes pot brownies so Vancouver got the nod :D

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Vancouver is world famous for its downtown collection of slender glass towers – a dominant style labelled Vancouverism that has elicited admiration, but also provoked complaints about the city’s monotonous architecture.


Now an internationally renowned Danish architect being brought in by Vancouver developer Ian Gillespie is preparing to break that mould with a dramatic new 49-storey tower.


Instead of a narrow structure that disappears into the sky, Bjarke Ingels has designed one that starts from a small base and expands outward as it rises from its location next to the Granville Bridge where it enters the downtown.

Instead of a row of evenly spaced townhouses at the bottom, he has a large podium of retail spaces around and under the bridge, broken up in a way that echoes Granville Island across the water, with passageways that will let people wander through them.

And instead of an all-glass building, Mr. Ingels is exploring how to use B.C. metals like zinc and copper on the exterior.

“We wanted to come up with an evolution of this idea of urban density that already exists here. It is taking the podium-and-point tower and saying ‘Let’s see if we can take those ideas and do something more,’” said Mr. Ingels in an interview from New York. “We don’t want to disregard what exists. But it has been articulated in a very uniform way.”

Mr. Ingels has worked on high-profile projects around the world since he started practising on his own in 2001. He will be the first non-Vancouverite to design a prominent condo building in the city since the firm of London-based Norman Foster was commissioned almost a decade ago to design Jameson House on Pender Street.

He is known for fitting his designs into the existing urban fabric of a city, as opposed to designing iconic buildings that have no relationship to what’s around them.

Former city planning director Brent Toderian, who introduced Mr. Ingels to Mr. Gillespie last year in an effort to encourage more distinctive architecture in the city, called him “the hottest young architect on the planet.”

He’s thrilled with the results.

“He turns the Vancouver building form on its head almost literally.” He particularly likes one part of the multi-building development that sees a shorter building rise up beside the bridge “like the tip of the iceberg that tells you something interesting is going on underneath.”

Mr. Gillespie said he brought in Mr. Ingels to solve the problem of a difficult site, but also to try to encourage innovation and add new energy to the existing architectural conversation in the city.

“There just been a lot of sameness in Vancouver. I think people are just crying out for a new building typology. With this, we can try to break out of that momentum,” he said. “And if Vancouver is going to say to the world that we have this innovative city, if we’re going to try to introduce new ideas around the world, we have to have a reciprocal relationship. We have to raise our game.”

The site where the tower is being proposed was identified by the city last year as one of only six possible sites for taller buildings downtown. City planners also identified the area, which extends under the bridge, as a good place for a neighbourhood retail centre

However, the design will have to pass extra scrutiny. A special panel of experts, including two international architects, will evaluate the project April 11 to judge whether it sets a new bar in the city for architecture and sustainability. The city will use the panel’s advice to decide whether to approve the project.

The city owns the land on the other side of the bridge and envisions a complementary tower on that site in the future.


Published on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 8:44PM EST

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This is more like the type of project I would expect to see in our QdS. I wish BIG would do something here. So funny, in plate 8 of the images there is a component that seems to be inspired by the 2-22.

See all the images of the project here...





The Danish firm has spearheaded a plan for an innovative, asymmetrical tower that makes the most of a difficult site and even appears to suspend the law of gravity.


Rigid limitations, rather than stifling creativity, can actually stimulate wild adaptations and lead to results that a carte blanche wouldn’t necessarily produce. Look no further than the proposal for a challenging property in Vancouver from a megagroup led by BIG, based in Copenhagen and New York. (Among the team, the developer is Westbank, the architect of record is Dialog, the local architect is James Cheng, and Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg conceived the landscape and urban design.)


The 49-storey Beach and Howe St. tower, which is already being touted as an innovative response to the tower-and-podium architectural style defining Vancouverism, is a feat of ingenious design.


The property in question lies at the foot of the Granville Bridge, which spans False Creek; it’s bisected by a bridge, whose tall ramps wind through the middle of the lot. Any construction on the site has to accommodate not only these ramps but also three metres of clearance on all sides of the ramps, and additional setbacks along the roadways framing the block, to allow for future widening.


That’s not all: to the northwest lies a park that enjoys direct sunlight, and any planned towers for the site would have to be restricted to the northeast end of the property to avoid casting shadows over the park. Of the large site, only a narrow triangle of 560 square metres is suitable for tower-building – and the developers wanted a high-rise that would maximise stunning views of the waterfront and mountains.


Many architects might throw up their hands at this point, but this narrow footprint inspired a design that pushes the site’s limits, producing a jaw-dropping profile in the process. BIG’s partners-in-charge, Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen, decided to extend the triangular footprint upwards, and to have it morph into a rectangle along the way, giving the top floors the same orthogonal shape as a less-restricted footprint would have allowed.


“A contemporary descendant of the Flatiron Building in New York City,” is how Ingels describes the triangular footprint, but it’s clear that was only the starting point. Most of the residential tower’s floor plans will be unique trapezoids, somewhere between a triangle and a rectangle in layout.


As a result of this transformation, the building’s east face swoops out dramatically into a curving cantilever, producing a silhouette the architects hope will evoke the sight of a curtain being held courteously aside, welcoming drivers crossing the bridge into the city’s downtown.


The site’s remaining lots will be filled with three buildings that mirror the triangular footprint of the tower, with canted green roofs that jut above the level of the overpass. At street level, retail and offices defined by public walkways will create a new neighbourhood of outdoor spaces largely covered by the bridge ramps overhead. In total, the development will add 60,600 square meters of residential, office, retail and leisure space to an underutilized plot of land.

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documentaire tv5 à propos de vancouver et de son urbanisme, un peu pêle-mêle et introductoire mais avec de très beaux images et, surtout, en français http://video.tv5.ca/ports-d-attache-2/vancouver


Après avoir passer une partie de la semaine à Vancouver, je n'ai jamais été aussi déçu d'une ville. Je m'attendais à un havre d'urbanisme mais c'est un tout autre constat que j'ai eu. Cette ville est une grosse banlieue à part le coeur même (très petit). Même Edmonton a un meilleur urbanisme que Vancouver. Et c'est ça la supposée meilleure ville au monde? Laissez-moi rire, je ne voudrais jamais y vivre.

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Je garde de Vancouver des souvenirs merveilleux. Une ville havre de paix, de cerisiers et de vistas incroyables. Vient avec cette tranquilité un sentiment que pas grand chose s'y passe. C'est à choisir... je rêve d'aller m'y reposer. Montréal c'est pas trop reposant. Y'a toujours une manif, un party, ou une tempête de glace... Mais y a de l'action.

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