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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Back of Montpetit Hall

1970 versus 2016

The back on Montpetit Hall, at the corner of University and Louis-Pasteur Privates, has not changed much over the last 40 years.  Trees were planted and a bicycle lane was added in this area of University of Ottawa where still...

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Wallis House from the MacDonald Gardens Park

1968 versus 2015

This photo taken from the hill of MacDonald Gardens Park in Ottawa offers an interesting view on Wallis House of Rideau Street. Quite interesting to see Charlotte Street going through the actual MacDonald Gardens Park and splitting it into...

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