21
Dec
09

A new project, writ grand…

Well folks, I thought I’d write a bit about a new project I’m working on. Namely, the redesign of the area around the Champ-de-Mars subway station in Montreal

I’m working on an entry for an open design competition which, time and sanity permitting, I will submit at the beginning of February.
This is the metro station…
(photo by Humanoide on Flickr)

Its famed stained-glass window
(photo by Moyogo)

Plans are under way to cover a stretch of the Ville-Marie Expressway, which currently cuts through a significant stretch of Montreal. Construction on covered areas of the Ville-Marie has been awkward in most places and has resulted in large stretches of parking lots and poorly-used parks. The challenge here will be to design a new public space that facilitates pedestrian and cyclist movement and relates well to its surroundings (Montreal City Hall, Viger Square, the Quartier des Spectacles).

I’ll discuss some ideas in a few days…

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