Une fin de semaine à Montréal

Habitat 67, Montreal

Habitat 67, Montreal

Me in front of Habitat 67, Montreal / July 9, 2011

Last weekend I went to Montreal to reward myself for finishing the first draft of my Masters’ thesis. I visited several neighborhoods, museums, universities, bookstores, art galleries, churches and so on. But among them seeing Habitat 67 was a real pleasure. It is a landmark housing complex designed by Moshe Safdie, a 23 year old architect who created this based on his master’s thesis at McGill University in 1960s. Habitat 67 was supposed to be a model of affordable housing for future urban centers, where you would have smaller spaces to house larger population. However, today each unit in the complex is sold for $400,000 which is not affordable by any standards.

I have to confess that when I looked at this building, — besides other feelings, I felt so bad about my own Masters’ thesis! I thought damn it, look at other peoples thesis’s which are turned into legends, and your thesis is still rejected for grammar mistakes.

Last year Mr. Moshe Safdie, now a white-headed old man, had an exhibition in National Art Gallery here in Ottawa that I missed, I really wanted to meet him. He is a true genius, he is my hero.


One thought on “Une fin de semaine à Montréal

  1. Haha don’t worry Ali jan, aside from your grammatical mistakes; I’m pretty sure your thesis is a masterpiece in it’s field. Keep up the good work.

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