Special Issue

  • Smile! You’re on (a Lot of) Cameras

    Surveillance, Safety and Sacrifice in the Age of the “Smart City”

    The data zeitgeist has swept over police departments worldwide, enhancing the recent practice of “predictive policing”—a methodology that sounds good in theory and looks like bloated surveillance in practice.

  • Is Overdevelopment Just Par for the Course?

    The Battle Over Turning Meadowbrook Golf Course Into a Park

    For 25 years, activists and housing developers have fought over the Meadowbrook Golf Course. On Jan. 29, Montreal’s agglomeration council finally waded into the debate, approving a new land-use plan that calls for Meadowbrook to be rezoned from “residential” to “large green space or recreational.”

  • Sous la Peau de la Ville: a Reflection on Informal Architecture

    Concordia Alumnus Explores the Special Nature of Urban Construction Sites

    Montreal’s Centre for Sustainability presents the exhibition Sous la peau de la ville by Linda-Marlena Bucholtz Ross, raising a number of questions on our cultural relation with space and what symbolic meaning there is behind different spatial practices.

  • How (In)Accessible is Montreal?

    Accessibility Groups Agitate for Change in the City’s Structures

    Accessible or inaccessible, lift or no lift, stairs or ramp, announcements or silence—these dualisms are inescapable in the daily life of those with limited mobility

  • The Memory Keeper of New York City

    Photographer Ash Thayer Releases Book on Squat Communities in Manhattan’s Lower East Side

    In today’s gentrified New York City contaminated by bourgeois bohemians, it’s difficult to imagine how the sleepless Big Apple was once a cesspool of poverty and crime. Collective memories and photographs now serve as reminders of the city’s grittier days.

  • The Beloved Island

    Two Architects, a Landscape Architect and a Historian of Montreal Talk About Their Favourite Spaces in the City

    “It feels real—it feels like real Montreal. It’s not pretty, but it’s a kind of a different type of beauty: real, cool, relaxed, urban and sexy. That’s the Montreal that I like.”

  • A Modern Urban Jungle

    Field of Possibilities Brings Green to Industrialized Area

    In the corner of the Mile End, behind the industrial buildings and near the train tracks residents often cross illegally, there’s a stretch of land locals refer to as the “Champ des Possibles.”

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  • The Pixel Is Mightier Than the Sword

    Video Games Don’t Have to Be Violent—But “Indie” Isn’t a Total Fix

    Violence is in fact endemic to the current market, not the medium, but the “indie” scene is not some cleansing force for the pacification of games.

  • Seeing Through the Dark

    How three game developers took a gamble to form the studio Red Barrels and create their hit Outlast

    Montreal has become a hub for the video game industry, with household names like Ubisoft and EA setting up shop in the city.