Well, there’s quite a lot to say here, but I’ll keep it short. I was born in 1995 at a very young age in an apartment in Centretown, Ottawa with ten fingers, ten toes and all the usual nonsense. Soon after, I developed a liking for things that were pretty: music, languages, buildings, textures, smells, tastes. You’d think that this is something perfectly normal, but I disagree judging from the state of architecture, but that’s a different story.
I developed a taste for architecture before high school which gave way to a healthy passion for urbanism as I became more and more conscious of my surroundings. I bought a plastic fold-out map of Ottawa and some erasable markers and went completely crazy drawing out the city I imagined Ottawa could be until the ninth grade, when I discovered that my hobby was an actual job! Well, you can imagine my surprise. After that revelation of sorts, I met with urban planners, read books (something I seldom did outside of Harry Potter til then), scoured the web for every PDF of interest and even did a student exchange in Aachen, Germany (well, that one was more for the sake of learning German, but it opened my eyes nonetheless). There wasn’t and still isn’t a doubt in my mind about becoming an urban planner and I’m currently in my first year of urbanisme at l’Université de Montréal.
I like to ramble on about urban design issues with anyone who will put up with me, so I figured I’d save the hearing of all my loved ones and start a blog, where I can vent my ideas, appreciation and outrage in a healthy way that won’t bother anyone. Oh, and I want to share them too.
So I hope you’ll find some things of interest here and post any objections or suggestions you may have concerning my ideas – the only thing better than a monologue is a dialogue.
– Benjamin Cool-Fergus