Special Issue

Worshipping God, the Body and Booze

The Repurposing of Montreal’s Religious Spaces

It’s no secret that the city of Montreal is rich in history and culture. There are 59 National Historic sites in Montreal, many of which are religious or spiritual spaces. Due to economic issues, many of these religious spaces are forced to close their doors. The repurposing of these such buildings has proved to be a more sustainable and beneficial option than simply demolishing the buildings entirely.

  • Jasmine Revolutions

    Remembering the Path to the Tunisian Democratic Vote

    By the end of 2010, young cyber-activists were denouncing the Tunisian dictatorship on various social networks.

  • Le Labo Décolonial: une initiative qui démocratise la connaissance

    La conscience collective du milieu étudiant bordelais s’éveille avec le documentaire Suédois Concerning Violence (2014) de Göran Hugo Olsson et forme Le Labo Décolonial, un groupe de réflexion et d’éducation populaire qui vise à débattre des questions de gestion de l’héritage post-colonial et d’émancipation citoyenne.

  • You Are Where You Live

    How Design Affects Your Psyche

    Architectural spaces that are of different shapes, sizes and colours and that are made of different materials affect our mood differently.

  • Taking Up Space in the Big City

    There is a man sitting next to me on this early-morning packed Orange Line Metro car, who is taking up way too much space.

    It’s eight in the morning, which is rush hour, and the car is brimming, literally bursting with Montreal commuters. People have to shove themselves inside, bristling with Quebecois resentment, no one ever entirely sure how to take up space politely. Most people, anyway, are concerned enough with politely occupying themselves.

  • Smile! You’re on (a Lot of) Cameras

    Surveillance, Safety and Sacrifice in the Age of the “Smart City”

    The data zeitgeist has swept over police departments worldwide, enhancing the recent practice of “predictive policing”—a methodology that sounds good in theory and looks like bloated surveillance in practice.

  • Is Overdevelopment Just Par for the Course?

    The Battle Over Turning Meadowbrook Golf Course Into a Park

    For 25 years, activists and housing developers have fought over the Meadowbrook Golf Course. On Jan. 29, Montreal’s agglomeration council finally waded into the debate, approving a new land-use plan that calls for Meadowbrook to be rezoned from “residential” to “large green space or recreational.”

  • Sous la Peau de la Ville: a Reflection on Informal Architecture

    Concordia Alumnus Explores the Special Nature of Urban Construction Sites

    Montreal’s Centre for Sustainability presents the exhibition Sous la peau de la ville by Linda-Marlena Bucholtz Ross, raising a number of questions on our cultural relation with space and what symbolic meaning there is behind different spatial practices.

  • How (In)Accessible is Montreal?

    Accessibility Groups Agitate for Change in the City’s Structures

    Accessible or inaccessible, lift or no lift, stairs or ramp, announcements or silence—these dualisms are inescapable in the daily life of those with limited mobility

  • The Memory Keeper of New York City

    Photographer Ash Thayer Releases Book on Squat Communities in Manhattan’s Lower East Side

    In today’s gentrified New York City contaminated by bourgeois bohemians, it’s difficult to imagine how the sleepless Big Apple was once a cesspool of poverty and crime. Collective memories and photographs now serve as reminders of the city’s grittier days.

  • The Beloved Island

    Two Architects, a Landscape Architect and a Historian of Montreal Talk About Their Favourite Spaces in the City

    “It feels real—it feels like real Montreal. It’s not pretty, but it’s a kind of a different type of beauty: real, cool, relaxed, urban and sexy. That’s the Montreal that I like.”