Archinect - News 2017-09-23T03:42:52-04:00 Canada Post unveils new stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Habitat 67 Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T19:26:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Habitat 67&mdash;the iconic housing complex designed by Moshe Safdie for Expo 67&mdash;turned 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion, we sat down and talked with Safdie about the experience and how it influenced his career. Meanwhile, the Canada Post celebrated the anniversary by unveiling a new commemorative stamp featuring the building. Safdie himself presented it during a ceremony at the building.</p> <p>Check out our interview with Safdie <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> A Brutal Youth: Memories of Growing Up in Brutalist Masterpeice Habitat 67 Julia Ingalls 2017-05-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T16:12:05-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;How do you live with all that cement,&rdquo; my schoolmates would ask. &ldquo;With delight&rdquo; was the only answer. They understood once they visited.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Part childhood memoir, part ode to brutalism itself, this piece by Blake Gopnik touches on his experiences living in Habitat 67 while celebrating the return of a form that many openly reviled for decades, but have now gradually come to like, even treasure. (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Of course, not all is well for brutalist forms: Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in England is slated to be demolished after vigorous complaint by local residents.</a>) However, those buildings that have survived the wave of demolitions are being increasingly valued for their spartan, bulky beauty: Canada's government is issuing a stamp celebrating the 50th birthday of Habitat 67, and oddly enough tours of the specific apartment Gopnik used to live in will be offered to the public. As Gopnik writes:</p><p><em>Habitat&rsquo;s 158 apartments fill 365 cast-concrete boxes, piled 11 stories high in a madcap mess of cantilevers and bridges and perilous open spaces &mdash; like (guess what) a stack of children&rsquo;s blocks. For sheer sensory excitement, Habitat could ...</em></p> The NYT takes a stroll along the High Line with Moshe Safdie Alexander Walter 2016-01-04T19:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:11:25-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In recent years, Mr. Safdie, 77, whose visit to New York coincided with &ldquo;Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,&rdquo; an exhibition through Jan. 10 at the National Academy Museum, rediscovered the merits of his Habitat 67. [...] &ldquo;The term &lsquo;starchitect&rsquo; makes me uncomfortable,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s superficial. It creates expectations.&rdquo; &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not against spectacle,&rdquo; he said, adding after a ruminative pause, &ldquo;but for me, that&rsquo;s not the journey.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie warns architects against the seduction of computers in design</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Walrus Magazine discusses Safdie's Walmart-funded art museum</a></li></ul> Habitat 67 - Web Mash Up Documentary Archinect 2012-06-12T20:46:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T20:51:37-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This web documentary gathers the best of online resources about the famed Habitat 67 of Montreal's World Expo 67, mashes them up and tells the modern story of how this iconic piece of architecture remains relevant in today's urban debates.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@burnlab</a></p> Montreal landmark wins Lego contest Alexander Walter 2012-03-07T14:16:00-05:00 >2012-03-08T13:35:34-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A quirky Montreal landmark has won an international competition among Lego enthusiasts &ndash; but the thrill of victory has been tempered by the sting of rejection. The Habitat 67 housing complex won an internet vote, beating out iconic structures like Paris' Eiffel Tower, Rome's Coliseum and the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>