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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Tabaret Hall of University of Ottawa

1970 versus 2017

Tabaret Hall hardly changed over the last 40 years. Its surrounding, however, has changed substantially with the addition of numerous tall buildings like Desmarais Hall and the apartments of the 50 Laurier. Please note the evolution of the...

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Corktown Footbridge

1970 versus 2017

This comparison shows again, from a different perspective, the Stanton and Marchand residences along the Rideau Canal. The hill that was created to host the Corktown Footbridge in 2005 now hides the Colonel By Drive which was clearly visible...

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