Above photo: The Master Plan | Planned construction of 2 six-story towers on the Lachine Canal near Atwater Market at rue St. Patrick | Ponte-Saint-Charles (Le Sud-Ouest), Montreal | 2013 | John Naccarato
The alarming escalation of condo developments in Montreal has begun to gut the cultural and social infrastructure of the city. Such developments cater to a small niche of the population with no clear philosophy by its developers or city politicians as to their impact on neighbourhoods and the city.
What is for certain is that such developments have triggered mass gentrification of low income neighbourhoods and historic areas throughout Montreal such as the Sud-Ouest area along the Lachine Canal.
Above Photo: The Master Plan (02) | Planned construction of 2 six-story towers on the Lachine Canal near Atwater Market at rue St. Patrick | Ponte-Saint-Charles (Le Sud-Ouest), Montreal | 2013 | John Naccarato
So what can be done about it? Though we cannot directly (physically) reclaim the spaces which have been lost to gentrification and condofication, we can re-appropriate these spaces through a virtual (Augmented Reality – AR) Public Intervention. In so doing an awareness may be created as to the spaces we occupy and move through and how critical such spaces are to our own personal, social and cultural identities.
Above Photo: An example of three AR photo images floating through the space where the planned construction of the two six-story condo towers is taking place. Even after construction is completed these images will continue to intervene (haunt) the spaces inside the condo towers – its rooms and hallways.