Downtown Kitchener

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

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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

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

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More about the Design Competition  here

cscdesigncompetition.com
Ryerson School of Interior Design
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Nith Valley Construction
About Vidyard

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2016 CSC Student Design Competition

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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.

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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!

 cscdesigncompetition.com

www.8queen.com
about Vidyard

“whats happening here really really matters”

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

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CSC-GV Chair Cathie Schneider and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

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

about the idea exchange post office project
therecord.com/news-story-galt-s-post-office-library-project-breaks-ground

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2015 Design Competition Winners at the Award Ceremony in May 2015

Construction Canada Online

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

fashionhistorymuseum.com
cambridgetimes.ca/news-story-fashion-history-museum-settles-into-hespeler-core
facebook.com/HespelerVillage

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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 cscdesigncompetition.com for complete details

 Archived:
2015 Competition:
Link here to the pitch for the 2015 competition
Link here for the invitation to the 2015 award ceremony and links to follow up media
 2014 Competiton:  
Link here to the pitch for the 2014 competition
Link here to full length Montage (wrap-up) video for the 2014 competition
Link here for the award ceremony/live streaming invitation and more about the 2014 competition