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
More about the Design Competition here
“Public Collaboration & Connection”
Site: Catalyst 137
Location: 137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener, Ontario. Situated 3 km SE of the University of Waterloo and about 1 km west of Google’s new Kitchener Headquarters. The location sits at the heart of Canada’s ‘Technology Triangle’. The location has close proximity to the Iron Horse Trail, allowing pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to access the public space at the front of the building.
Voisin Capital’s newest project and an ideal case study to expose young design professionals to a relevant, current and trend setting initiative. The lobby, the public gathering space inside and the outdoor collaboration space serve as excellent and workable space for the focus of the competition.
Catalyst 137’s impressive 475,000 sq ft space will be purpose-built for makers. The building will be a concentration point for the talent, hardware engineering services and venture capital support required to build the next generation of IOT companies. (Internet of Things).
virtual site tour made possible by
Competition details and RFP documents at
In the News…
TGIF June 17th, 2016…Opening Day of the Hespeler Village Market
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.
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 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
AccessAbility: Social Integration by Design
March 7th, 2016 at Carleton University
Opening remarks and Introductions here
Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Ward 4 Kanata North (www.marianne wilkinson.com)
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
Councillor Wilkinson’s podcast here
Amy Pothier podcast here
Recommended by Amy: Accessibility+Resources
Dean Mellway’s podcast here
Allen Mankewich’s podcast here
Roger Gervais’ podcast here