Rapibus: all is not Perfect Landscaping

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The stations had all the signs of a professional landscape architect at work.  There were textured pavements, architectural benches, artworks, big bold planters. Overall, the quality of the experience was excellent.

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But why the grossly undersized walkway at this loading and unloading platform? The expected has occurred: the grass is trampled down to hard pan, and those trees aren’t exactly happy riders either.

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Landscaping on the roof is harder to abuse those, and this was a happy-looking green roof. Much happier than this row of cedars:

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At risk of boring readers with yet more images of drainage swales, de la cite actually had one, but it bears an engineer’s signature, not a landscape architect’s, as it is merely a dump of rocks instead of a lovely planted hollow with a variety of wet-foot-loving plants:

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Mind, Ottawa engineers would put every electric panel in some sort of very large, very grey, freestanding steel box mounted on a steel post mounted into a large elevated concrete block. But on the Rapibus line, the electrical closet was discretely tucked into the back of a wall:

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Here’s a nice waiting / loitering / smoking area, with those beloved-only-by-architects backless benches. Notice the sheltered waiting area under the roof canopy:


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And here, a curiosity. There is a roof, but only mulch underneath it. No benches, no waiting area, just a dry bit of mulch (so dry, it is a fire hazard):

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next: what Gatineau did and uses everyday that Ottawa finds impossible to do and so doesn’t…

One thought on “Rapibus: all is not Perfect Landscaping

  1. I’m enjoying this series. I don’t have anything substantive to say, but didn’t want it go un-commented.

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