Rejected street tunnel wins new award

An architects’ sketch to wrap the Ste-Catherine Street roadworks in a elaborate tunnel was turned down by the Plante administration but has won awards, including a recent one – but isn’t this emblematic of what’s wrong with academic architecture? You can draw anything you like, but there’s no requirement to demonstrate how such a structure would interact when put in place. Maybe this gimmick would have attracted people to the street once, for a look, but had it impeded foot traffic or slowed down the progress of roadwork, people would’ve come to hate it. The city was smart not to buy this thing and try to force everyone to work around it for years, but hey, it looks cool.