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Ottawa’s leaders don’t seem to understand that architecture matters

By Andrew Caddell      

As the city reaches one million citizens, its planning committee has outdone itself and approved something for the Château Laurier that can only be generously described as a mix between an air filter and a radiator.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed addition to the famed Château Laurier hotel. Ottawa City Council’s recent approval of the design is another example of it trying to be the ‘city imagination forgot,’ writes Andrew Caddell. Image courtesy of the City of Ottawa

OTTAWA—When I was a child in Montreal, my father took me from his office in Place Ville Marie to the top of the building. At the time, the gleaming 45-storey building dominated downtown and was the tallest building in Canada. We could see as far as the Laurentians in the north and the United States in the south. It was exhilarating.

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