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.