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Old August 12th, 2006, 06:09 AM   #21
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Expo 67 was a success, but the 76 Olympics were a financial disaster. Montreal was Canada's premier city until the 1980s when the independence movement enticed many businesses to move to Toronto.
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Old August 12th, 2006, 07:18 PM   #22
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interesting...so the independence movement ironically took an economic toll on MTL...
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Old August 28th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #23
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Free Trade Wharf near the London Docklands is not indentical to Habitat '67, but has some visual similarities.










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Old August 28th, 2006, 03:40 PM   #24
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The Rocks in Sydney has modular apartments similar to those too.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 11:43 AM   #25
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Those fall into the "kind of cool looking but not beautiful" category.
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Old June 18th, 2007, 04:37 AM   #26
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I just love it, amazing design, but, I wouldn't live in there
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Old June 19th, 2007, 01:33 AM   #27
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Habitat '67 is really cool



..but what about the actual state of this structure today? still occupied?
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Old June 21st, 2007, 09:26 PM   #28
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Yes, it is still habited, and there have been problems with cold floors in the wintertime for units that jut out. I guess it is one of those structures you either love or hate! It was very ground breaking when it was new..... and I can respect it for that fact.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 11:25 PM   #29
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A little mistake that montreal made turned out in favor for Toronto, that's all. Loi 101 (Bill 101) and the separatist movenment made Montréal lost it's global seat. I think it is sad, but, o well, we can't change history. But in recent years, Montréal has been re-rising. I guess its a good sign.

I think Habitat '67 looks lonely. Perhaps having a few taller simmilar looking buildings will make the area look better. More big trees too.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 11:13 AM   #30
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i dont like it, idea was ok but finalization is bad, especially colour. It looks like its from Gaza
You're right. It does look like Gaza except these units are occupied by very wealthy people. I like Habitat, but it's too far away from everything. If Montreal hadn't suffered severe decline after 1976 this area might look very different today.

Montreal really did squander it's place in the world. When you walk around the city, you really sense the dominance this city once had in North America. Sad...at least it's showing signs of a rebirth.
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Old July 6th, 2007, 08:16 AM   #31
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I have mixed feelings about this building. Intellectually, I understand and admire how groundbreaking it was when it was new, and I wish I liked it better now, but somehow every time I look at it is just strikes me as... a series of souless grey bunkers. Regardless of how expensive the units are now, I would not be at all interested in living in this complex.

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Old July 26th, 2007, 10:41 AM   #32
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I wouldn't either, but the units are really quite impressive. Have you seen some of them inside?
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Old August 1st, 2007, 05:31 PM   #33
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Never been.. in fact have never gone across to see them close up. They are very daunting looking across the river.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 07:15 AM   #34
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I somewhat expected them to be an experiment gone wrong like a British Council Flat, but was pleasantly surprised to see how expensive they looked up close. Fom a distance, they look like they will get worse, the closer you get.

Fittingly, it does seem to have that white elephant potential though. Montreal is good at building these mammoth hulking concrete mega projects. I like that about Montreal architecture though. Brutal, imposing, heavy, etc. I suppose I am drawn to it because I find so much else around me so wishy washy, fragile, or timid.

I keep imagining some new home owner stumbling home in a drunken state breaking into the wrong condo 10 times before settling on a nice bush to sleep next to. I suppose the residents figure out their way around fairly quickly.

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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:22 PM   #35
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On London's southbank next to Kings Reach Tower (which you can see poking out behind the building) this residential block is a very subtle version of Habitat'67 and Free Trade Wharf's disjointed style.

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Is there an official name for this type of architecture?
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Old August 17th, 2007, 12:19 PM   #36
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Is there an official name for this type of architecture?
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Old September 13th, 2007, 06:14 PM   #37
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One of the biggest problems is that it is a triumph of form over function. All these little boxes are completely exposed to the subzero cold in the winter; especially the ones with the exposed bottoms. In a climate like Montréal's it makes absolutely no sense. The floors are freezingly cold on the interior. .
Interesting observation. Probably its being located in Montreal is just an accident of timing and location. Safdie (an Israeli relocated to Canada) developed the idea as a student, and Expo '67 gave him an opportunity to build it. I doubt if it was developed for Montreal specifically. It's surprising to me that it has survived.
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