Habitat 67 is an experience that was revealed as being a spectacular achievement impacting on the collective imagination and contributing in a significant way to the feeling of pride of the Montrealers.
Creatively discovered by Moshe Safdie, a McGill University architecture student in the beginning of the 60’s, Habitat 67 is an urban and three-dimensional housing concept rallying the “single family dwelling” in an adaptable form to density. Moreover, Habitat 67 is located on an invented peninsula: la “Cité du Havre.” Its intrinsic genius is indeed praised by both the architectural and the urban planning circles, by the public in general and particularly by its residents. During Montreal’s Expo 67, Habitat 67 became a thematic pavilion invaded by thousands of admiring visitors that came from all around the world, on top of being the temporary residence of many dignitaries passing by Montreal. Habitat 67 was an event in itself at the time. It still is today.