'What does the built environment say about us as people?'
"It's not so much just about ugly buildings, but really about what does the built environment say about us as a people?" Toon Dreessen told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning.
The City of Gatineau is one of dozens of municipalities lining up to support the push for a policy in Quebec, but Dreessen said the landscape on Ottawa's side of the river could also benefit from a framework. He cited as an example the acrimonious debate about the site of the Ottawa Hospital's new Civic campus.
"A national architecture policy that creates a framework for siting, for design, might have made that process much shorter," said Dreessen. "We'd have policy objectives that we could test our designs against."