Montreal Design Flaws


The multimedia zone in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
The multimedia zone in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

Recently they finally finished the renovations at Place des Arts. I will refrain from commenting on them, as there are only 49 synonyms in my thesaurus for the word bad, and none of them sufficiently evoke my feelings about what was done. However, one thing that did strike me, was how there is one glaring design flaw that was encountered in the renovations.

Namely, whomever decided it was an awesome idea to install floor to ceiling video screens in a dark corridor where very frequently there are massive hordes of people, forgot that it was likely that some of those people would in fact bush up against and or decide to try and touch those (probably) extremely expensive screens.

So, an after-the-fact-cheap-o-no-thought solution was instituted. As you can see, above, they installed some rope at ankle height. Kind of like what you would see in a museum with not enough security staff. Or in plainer language: bush league.


2 thoughts on “Montreal Design Flaws”

  1. So true, a great observation, Zeke. Must have been designed by the same guy who designed our overpasses and bridges. Give me a break! I know that you do not drive, but can you believe the talk now about closing a section of Ste Catherine Street to traffic? The crazies have taken over here -a bunch of nutbars- they want a bridge design for the Champlain that could be, they say , a symbol of Montreal, like the Golden Gate – Did they ever look at the Jacques Cartier? That bridge is SO identifiable with Montreal….let’s just keep the costs down on this new bridge! Sorry for ranting, but your Place des Arts observation got me going! Dom

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