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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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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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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