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architecture: September 2012 Archives

Montreal's new linear park

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An urban park can be a green oasis in the city, a leafy escape from the concrete and traffic. (Think of Mont Royal or Parc Lafontaine.)

But an urban park can also be a place that embraces the city and takes inspiration from the history around it.

Montreal's newest park, Le Belvédère du Chemin qui Marche puts the surrounding city and the river on display. 

It's is a linear, raised park that may draw some comparisons to The High Line in New York City. 


Listen to Jeanette's interview the park's designer, Patricia Lussier. (Pictured. Photo by Jeanette Kelly.)
 
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Remembering Melvin Charney

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Artist, architect and teacher Melvin Charney passed away this week at the age of 77.
 
Even if you feel like you don't know much about architecture or urban design, if you have spent much time in Montreal you have almost certainly come into contact with the work of Melvin Charney.
 
He designed the sculpture in Place Emilie-Gamelin, outside the Berri-UQAM metro. (pictured)

Charney also designed the sculpture garden at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa.
 
phyllis_5.jpgPhyllis Lambert (pictured, left, photo by Carrie Haber) was a friend and colleague of Charney's.
 
She is the designer of the Segal Centre and  founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
 
In fact, it was Phyllis Lambert who commissioned Charney to design the sculpture garden at the CAA.
 
Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly spoke with Phyllis Lambert about Melvin Charney's enduring influence on the urban design of the city. Listen to the interview:
 
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