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#ArchitecturePhotoSeries : #Habitat67 | May 13, 2019 (Location: Montreal, Quebec) | Part I: “A LEGO Fairy Tale": In the city of Montreal Quebec there stands a formidable structure that re-envisions the apartment building style of living. It questions the very essence of multi family development, and castigates the beaux arts maximal design that came before it. It is no coincidence that this structure would arrive during a time where the culture of humanity was in question and as societies broke away from the binding law of structure and order. This was a time of modernism. And while the world grew deeper into the heart of freedom and free living, architecture swiftly grew in the opposite direction, implementing the use of structure and order in the form of bare concrete design with no ornamentation. No need for design that would promote happy feelings and good thoughts. Structures became brutal, ugly, beastly. Away with the old, and in with the new that was accepted. The structure is widely known as habitat 67. A brutalist community complex designed by Israeli Born architect Moshe Safdie. Conceptualized & built in only his 24th year of life. Safdie says that the structures tangible implementation was like “a fairy tale”. Each prefabricated unit ripples on top of the next and the units are structured in a way where every unit is big enough to have its own terrace and direct views to the city, all while still maintaining pathways and circulation points and paths where nodes and community meeting places were inherently created as the nature of man will always find a way to connect with others. The habitat 67 in It’s time was new, loved and appreciated.