The five goals of AudaCité Montréal
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AudaCité Montréal is the very clear spokesbody for what a majority of Montrealers believe in. As Montrealers, we want to dream big dreams again. For the first time in 40 years we want to dream of what will benefit Montreal in the same way Expo67 benefited our great city.We are tired of hearing that it is too expensive, that we need to choose simple, ugly and cheap solutions to everything from our buildings’ architecture to what could become our beacon to the world.
In fact, here are AudaCité’s goals for a revitalized future in Montreal:
1) Take full advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a bridge that symbolizes Montreal in the 21st century, by creating an icon and tourist magnet equal to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sydney Opera House.
2) Promote the fact that Quebec has the cleanest and most renewable electrical energy anywhere in the world (98% of our electrical energy is renewable). This should be attracting companies and employees around the globe, but like any great product, it needs to be branded and marketed. Economic benefits could last a century and be worth tens of billions if not hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy.
3) Stage an architectural competition and invite the greatest architectural minds in the world to bring their creativity to bear. Mount Royal Park was designed by an American, the Sydney Opera House by a Dane, the Statue of Liberty by a Frenchman, the spectacular Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao by a Canadian, Place Ville-Marie by a Chinese-American, and the Pompidou Museum in Paris by a team consisting of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the eminent Italian and British architects. Today the breathtaking new transportation hub for New York’s new World Trade Center is being built to architectural plans drawn up by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
4) Bring together all stakeholders in the public, private and para-public sectors, as well as interest groups dedicated to mass transit, electric vehicles and environmental protection, to develop a coordinated approach to meeting this great challenge.
5) Study the financial advantages of heating the roadway to save billions of dollars over the long term in corrosion, accidents and personal injuries.
Montreal needs to dream again! To appreciate the immense value of an iconic bridge to a city, we need only look at the celebrations – and the crush of tourists – that surrounded the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
We truly believe that we can change things in a palpable manner if we work together.
What do you think?