Wandering into the city you will see that architects are not always listened to in Montreal. One proof is the downtown skyline not being very impressive. But not being listened to doesn’t mean they have gave up on sharing their knowledge, expertise and ongoing research activities.
The Canadian Center for Architecture did open its doors in 1979 with many goals on in mind, for sure not to be only a museum, can act as an alive institution, a place where the public can be aware of the research conducted in architecture, can visit archives, consult documentation at the library and more.
Entering the location you will have to cross a large grass area to reach the building entrance, the park Baile. On the sides trees and colored picnic table. If you just want to sit, drink a coffee, read a book under the shade, it’s possible. And if you forgot your book and desperately feel the need to do something check their event program, in the summer there’s many activities, concerts, yoga classes organised in the park and all over the year several evening events to introduce new exhibitions.