What Montreal Has to Teach us About Great Urbanism

Old urbanism holds countless lessons on satisfying livability. Montréal shares some of its insights in this photo blog by Hazel Borys.

"Ever had a teacher who was so amazing at storytelling that difficult subjects become clear – and riveting? The last few days, I've spent some time in la belle province, and I've felt that the Ville de Montréal is such a teacher. Many of the design and legal issues we often discuss Montréal makes quick work of with some telling images."

Borys goes on to talk about cycling, repurposing, permanent and temporary pedestrian streets, the power of simplicity in public spaces, terminated vistas, and architectural durability using photos from Montréal to exemplify exquisite urban design solutions.

"As tempting as over-programming public space may be, simplicity makes a strong case for livability. Montréal plazas and squares satisfy basic needs for shade and rest, then save their investment for one central iconic feature, like a fountain or a small café. The results are timeless and so pleasing that the grass doesn't always have to be perfect."

Thanks to Hazel Borys

Full Story: Montréal: Lessons from great Canadian urbanism


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