Cory de Villiers
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
Looking for space
to build your start-up?
After 8 decades of serving Kitchener-Waterloo with style, the MacIntosh Cleaners building, loaded with unique historical and architectural features, is preparing for its debut in Kitchener’s Innovation District.
Go here for a peak at the space just days before the completed interior demolition…
In the News!
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.
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