A novel social housing project in Winnepeg has recently gone from the object of international praise to the poster child for architectural hubris. In an article written for the Guardian, reporter Raja Moussaoui discovered that the project’s social ambitions were creating inhospitable conditions for its residents. In other words, the development’s generous public spaces have become a favourite spot for locals to do their drinking and yelling, away from public surveillance. And the same generous public spaces forced the dwelling units into a tall and narrow configuration, resulting in spaces that are a bit too tight for the large immigrant families who call them home.

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