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.
We have designed a few poster related to Ottawa (and some about Montreal & Quebec City). We started to do silkscreening at home and this is the end result.
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The 50 Ottawa Street at the intersection of Booth Street was once again light years away from where the same location is in 2015. The 3-story building had interesting architectural details like its pronounced cornice and the tiles at the...>> View Comparison
The 82 Fleet Street shows the ambiance and lifestyle that used to exist in Lebreton Flats. The 3-story building with a grocery store on the ground floor surely contrasts with the improvised parking sitting on former lot F-8-19 when the...>> View Comparison