1938 vs. 2014

Why Ottawa Past & Present?

A few decades ago, Ottawa was drastically different: Sparks Street was thriving, people were actually living downtown and at LeBreton Flats and a train could bring you to the heart of the city. The narrow and institutionalized vision of bureaucrats, the rapid expansion of car use, and a generalized neglect of architectural heritage changed the urban fabric of the Capital.

The Gréber Plan and the NCC transformed Ottawa for the worse.
One building at a time.

We promote intensification and discourage sprawl. We are not against tall buildings, but we have a lot to say about bad design.

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Vanier Hall - University of Ottawa

1970 versus 2016

The archival photo shows Vanier Hall before the construction of the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS).We like how the FSS had been integrated into this rather constrain area between the Vanier Hall and Nicholas Street.We don't like how Nicholas Street...

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Perez Hall & Former Sacré-Coeur Church

1973 versus 2016

The back of the current Department of Visual Arts was visible from this point of view when a field of grass and a small house occupied the area where Perez Hall has been built.  We can see the steeple of...

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