CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 Scene 3)

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2 minute trailer captures the vision for Goudies Lane

Students from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design tour the building at 8 Queen Street in downtown Kitchener on January 25th, 2016. The former Goudies Department Store is the site of the 2016 Design Competition sponsored by Construction Specifications Canada, Grand Valley & Toronto Chapters.  Winning entries will be on display at an invitation only networking event for the local design and construction industry on May 19th at THEMUSEUM.

Shout out to Frank & Steve Voisin for their generous support, enthusiasm and for sharing their vision of a downtown core we could brag about

Act 1 Scene 2

More about the Design Competition  here
Ryerson School of Interior Design
Nith Valley Construction
About Vidyard


The Return of the BeeHive

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Hespeler Village ‘tedx’ talk

Gorilla recording Jan 16th at the Riverbank Lofts 

Presentation to students of

Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design 

during their site orientation

A Recipe for Civic Engagement

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Rockway Public School Choir set the tone for Monday evening’s Council Meeting by singing the National Anthem. The warm and sincere welcome to students and parents from Kitchener Mayor Barry Vrbanovic was well received, the parking was free and there was some chatter among folks about attending council meetings in the future.

Nicely done!




CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act1 Scene1)

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Students from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design get immersed in K-town’s industrial architecture & urban history

Many thanks to University of Waterloo Professor Rick Haldenby for kicking off a tour of the City Centre with an inspiring and insightful address at THEMUSEUM on January 25th, 2016. This is the first in a series of (gorilla) video shorts capturing bite sized pieces of important historical facts drawn from a deep reservoir of professional research, analysis and intimate observation.  52 minute podcast on Soundcloud here

Kernels of truth that may unlock the mystery of the Illustrious, Industrious

City of Kitchener

About Robertson Simmons Architects Inc.

About Architect Carl Reider

Rick Haldenby (FRAIC) was born in Toronto, the son and grandson of architects.  A graduate of Waterloo, he became a professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture in 1976, founded their award-winning Rome Program in 1979, and served as Director of Waterloo Architecture from 1988 to 2013. A specialist in Roman archaeology, architectural history and in the design of cultural sites, Haldenby is the author of the Master Plan for the Heritage Park at Ta’Cenc, Malta and co-author of the book Il Progetto del Antico. We look forward to his upcoming book about Kitchener’s City Hall!

52 minute podcast on Soundcloud here

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City:

go to  Act 1 Scene 2       go to  Act 1 Scene 3

more about the CSC Student Design Competition  here

Sounds like Spring in Elmira

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Great fun Saturday, April 2nd in Woolwich Township

at the annual

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Sights & Sounds…Satisfying Sweets & Savories

festival facebook page

Elmira, Ontario

AccessAbility 101

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AccessAbility: Social Integration by Design

March 7th, 2016 at Carleton University

Sonia Zouari, CCCA, CSP, Chair of CSC Ottawa Chapter moderates the panel discussion 

Opening remarks and Introductions here


Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Ward 4 Kanata North (www.marianne
Amy Pothier, Accessibiliy & Building Code Specialist at Gensler, Toronto
Allen Mankewich, Communications Coordinator & Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies
Roger P. Gervais, Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Steve Titus, BA Sc., PEng Aercoustics Engineering, Toronto
Dean Mellway, READ initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility & Design) at Carleton University, Ottawa

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Councillor Wilkinson’s podcast here

Amy Pothier podcast here

Recommended by Amy: Accessibility+Resources

Carleton University spreading a culture of accessibility

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Dean Mellway’s podcast here

 VisitAble Housing Canada

VisitAble Housing From Concept to Reality Tickets Wed 23 Mar 2016 at 10 00 AM Eventbrite

Workshop March 23/16 in Waterloo

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Allen Mankewich’s podcast here

Inclusion Summit 2016

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Roger Gervais’ podcast here

Aging in Place Gracefully


Steve Titus’ podcast here 

questions from the audience here 

complete playlist on Soundcloud

Official Opening of the FHM

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Capturing the warmth and tremendous support from the City of Cambridge and many other visionary community leaders including Waterloo Regional Council during the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Fashion History Museum in the village of Hespeler, Cambridge, Ontario


“Stepping Out”

A 8 minute (gorilla) video of the proceedings here

Shot during the ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the Fashion History Museum on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Features the (unedited) opening remarks by Kenn Norman, CEO and an inspiring message delivered by City of Cambridge Mayor, Doug Craig. A demonstration of authentic community building in action. Nicely done!

Kathryn McGarry shines