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Montreal is an architecture-lovers wet dream. Whether you appreciate Art Deco, neoclassical, modern or anything in between, we’ve got a mishmash of styles and approaches to satiate your construction curiosity. In fact, I’d say we define urban architectural promiscuity. In this photo we have the iconic Montreal Olympic Stadium. “Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors of the Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.” Thanks to flickr extraordinaire, achille_beaulne, for this magnificent shot. Click on over for other photos of Achille’s perspective of Montreal. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.


Art Deco in Montreal in alive and well, with building façades, lamps and doors, carefully cherished and luckily still standing.  Take a tour. An expert will give you details on the many fabulous examples.


Our photo of the week comes from Flickr lovebirds Jean-Bernard et Jennifer. One could even say that their love is causing them to see fireworks (and you’ll probably have to click through their photos to understand that reference). Jeannifer (prounounced shjan-i-fer) as I’ve decided to call them, have captured the moody grandioseness of Montreal’s largest religious specimen, Oratoire Saint-Joseph. “Saint Joseph’s Oratory atop Mount Royal is one of the world’s most visited shrines. The basilica’s huge dome reaches 97 metres and is second only in height to Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The sheer size of it contrasts sharply with its frail founder, Brother André, the humble doorkeeper who had initiated its construction in 1904. The shrine devoted to Saint Joseph consists of a primitive chapel, a votive chapel, a crypt and a basilica large enough to accommodate 10,000 worshippers. Relics of Brother André and many ex-voto of miraculously cured pilgrims are exhibited. The basilica’s great organs and 56 bell chimes will occasionally rekindle solemn works of great composers.” A beautiful shot of a magnificent Montreal landmark. Thanks! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.


Senior contributing editor to WIRED UK, and renowned blogger Geoff Manaugh (of BLDGBLOG fame) and author (BLDGBLOG The Book) joins the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for a summer blogging series called CCA from…, as Visiting Scholar 2010.  But this is no dusty academic!  He has taught design studios at Columbia University and Pratt, so he kind of knows a lot of stuff.


Our Montréal Buzz “Photo of the Week” goes to flickr star ‘paspog.’ Via a ‘fish-eye lens,’ we find ourselves magically transferred into the heart of Old Montréal, with one of Canada’s most famous churches (Notre Dame) tucked into the right side of the photo. Also noteworthy is the tall, white building in the center known as the “Alfred Building.” This art-deco edifice is considered an early model of the Empires State Building. Wikipedia states that… “The building resembles the Empire State Building, completed the same year, and was built for Aldred and Company Limited, a New York City-based international finance company.” So we can think of the Alfred Building as the twitter-esque version of the Empire State Building. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.