@austinkgraff “Always write down your ideas. It’s the surest way your dreams will come alive,” says Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. As a student at McGill University, he turned his sketches into a masters thesis. What he credits to cockiness, the courage to ask, right time and right place, he pitched his thesis to the Canadian government. Habitat 67 was a born as Canada’s entry into the 1967 World Fair in Montreal. The intent was to create affordable, practical housing that encourages community. There would be natural light, city views and no art or sculptures distracting from its original beauty. Residents moved in and welcomed 35,000 daily visitors during the World Fair, leading to a ban on guests for 50 years (limited tours resumed in 2017). Safdie’s proudest life moment came in 1985. Threatening to demolish Habitat 67 due to high maintenance costs, its residents bought it from the government (the cost of tours goes back to the residents to help with upkeep). They didn’t want to lose the community they formed; that community which was always Safdie’s intent for Habitat 67.