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Jane's Walk and Ottawa Architecture Week
take a look at residential housing in Ottawa

Jane's Walk is offering four walking tours in association with Ottawa Architecture Week, Sept 10 - 15.  


A daily walk will start at 4:30 pm each day of the OAW.  Each day's walk will look at a different aspect of residential housing:  enduring classic apartments in Centretown, co-op housing in Sandy Hill, non-profit rentals in Centretown, and how to preserve community when a 'urban renewal' strikes.  

Details of the walks will be posted here as they are confirmed.   

Ottawa Architecture Week is a public forum that explores the ways that architecture and urban design affect our daily lives.  It is presented by the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) with the help of local volunteers and businesses.  Visit the OAW website here. 


'Ottowa' on display at Ottawa City Hall until Sept 4

We saw a delightful diorama skewering the field of urban design in the Karsh-Masson Art Gallery at Ottawa City Hall.  Designed by artist Rene Price and entitled "Ottowa," it offers a satirical look at both city planning and architectural design.  Features sinclude a mall of churches, a gas bar where the cars 'belly up to the bar," billboards that scream at each other instead of passers-by, and cars, cars everywhere.  There are so many subtle features that I am still discovering little jokes and ironies as I contemplate the photos I took.  

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Ottowa features a Prater-like ferris wheel (with small cabins or houses where the 
        seats would be) that is also a water wheel.   Photo:  Leigh Thorpe

The gallery is open daily.  This would make a nice outing for Labour Day.  Here's the link to the Karsh-Masson Gallery listing

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Prime Ministers' Row Walk, led by Francois Bregha, 2018. 
Photo by Leigh Thorpe


Janejacobs Withbooks Color

There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city. People make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.  Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.

What is Jane's Walk?

Jane's Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.  more


"No one can find out what will work for our cities by looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You've got to get out and walk.
— Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.

"I like walking because in cars you can't see very much and can't get a close look at things. When you walk, you can say 'stop' and then look."
— Jane's Walk participant S.B., age 6.

"Une ville, c'est plus que des pierres, des rues, des édifices. C'est des gens qu'on aime et la vie qu'on y mène.  
[A city is more than stones, streets, buildings.  It's the people we love and the life we ​​lead there.]"
— Christian Larsen, Le Droit, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.


Montreal Rd Treasures At The Bia 2016

Photo:  Montreal Road Treasures Walk, 2016.

Thank you to all our supporters!

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