Courage & Collaboration
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:
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more about the CSC Student Design Competition here
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
AccessAbility: Social Integration by Design
March 7th, 2016 at Carleton University
Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Ward 4 Kanata North (www.marianne wilkinson.com)
Amy Pothier, Accessibility & 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
Recommended by Amy: Accessibility+Resources
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
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!
Thank-you Cory Bluhm &
for the tour of City Hall and an exceptional view from the tenth floor!
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic welcomes visiting students and faculty from Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. Students will study Kitchener’s industrial history and the impact of the technology sector on the downtown core to inform a conceptual design proposal for their submission to the annual Student Design Competition sponsored by Construction Specifications Canada
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Back to Act 1 Scene 1 here
10 minute podcast below recorded live during the tour of City Hall (2 1/2 minute video loop repeats during playback):
Full 13 minute version of the invitation to participate in the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition sponsored by the Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters of Construction Specifications Canada. First a quick 45 second pitch for the 2016 Design Competition followed by a montage recapping highlights of the 2014 and 2015 competition. Features footage of the 2015 Award Ceremony held in May during Connections Cafe at the Pines in Cambridge.
This year’s theme, “High Tech Business Cluster” allows for adaptive re-use of the 2016 site at 8 Queen Street in Kitchener as open office space and/or for businesses and services that support the unique culture of this transformative industry. An impressive high end brick and beam office renovation is underway at the 40,000 sq ft subject building to meet the needs of the growing technology market looking to locate in the downtown core. The former Goudies department store will soon be home to Vidyard, a home grown start-up success story committed to playing an active role in shaping the city centre. Shout out to Voisin Capital & Brick by Brick Developments and Nith Valley Construction!
Each year a site of significant historic, architectural or community interest is chosen as a case study with the potential of inspiring vibrancy in core districts
The former Galt Post Office and National Historic Site at 12 Water Street S in Cambridge was the subject of the 2014 competition, now a significant City Asset undergoing radical change for its debut as Canada’s first completely digital library.
City of Cambridge Press Release: 2016-03-17 Citys Old Post Office project gets international Architectural Review commendationAODA
The 2015 site at the old post office in Hespeler Village proved to be another great case study. The Design Competition Committee gratefully acknowledges that the success of the competition was due to tremendous support from The Fashion History Museum, the Hespeler Village BIA, the Idea Exchange and A Company of Neighbours.
Many thanks to all for providing a rewarding experience for students and sharing your invaluable local insight
1st place $2000.00
2nd place $1000.00
3rd place $500.00
Must include 5 of the 10 selected product categories into their design. Must include one specification based on their selected product.
see cscdesignchallenge.ca for complete details
Street Party Celebrations & Urban Art
Saturday, September 26, 2015
following 4 weeks of public outreach and community engagement
“I wish this was…”
A call for citizens to participate in the expression of a new vision for Hespeler Village, inspired by Neighborland (http://candychang.com/i-wish-this-was/), a forum/rally for collaborative civic art south of the border. Traditional media outlets, a social media campaign and a “chalkboard” have been used by the Village BIA to encourage community engagement and participation. The Chalkboard was mounted to a concrete monument located at the northeast gateway at Queen Street & Guelph Avenue which will soon be demolished to make room for the proposed Public Art. While the original intention was to commission the Work as part of the current streetscape project, the Hespeler BIA proposed to engage the community and get a sense of “I wish this was” at this very prominent corner. City of Cambridge staff are supportive and excited about the idea.
Curious about Hespeler Village? Visit:
Discovering Kitchener’s East End
The Auditorium District
King Street East
KENA in the news! East End Neighbourhood Association Revived
KENA on facebook
STREET PARTY SATURDAY, SEPT 26TH!
Check out facebook/HespelerVillageSmashup for details
are pleased to announce
that funding is available for a new public monument
at the corner of Queen & Guelph
The objective of this project is to create a distinct “sense of place” for The Village. Our hope is to create an iconic landmark that proclaims “You have Arrived”! We invite everyone to provide us feedback for what you wish this space could be. Please write down your ideas on the chalkboard and tell us what you would like to see here
right in the Heart of your Village
or simply record them on our facebook wall
Hespeler Village Smashup twitter feed here