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The View from Bonavista

How do historic building practices contribute to a region’s cultural identity? What possibilities are created by the integration of new industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings into a townscape known for its heritage resources? How could a community support or encourage good quality design of new buildings? These are a few of the design challenges that residents of Bonavista, Newfoundland have provided as a starting point for this year’s Culture of Outports project.

Culture of Outports will be bringing a group of Ryerson University architectural students to Bonavista in August to tackle these challenges and work to develop solutions over the course of one week. Their sketches, designs, and models will be displayed in the Wandering Pavilion, a project spearheaded by St. John’s architect Emily Campbell. The Pavilion is a temporary structure composed of a kit of parts, which “wanders” from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, changing its function depending on the context. In Bonavista, it will serve to showcase the work of the student team, as well as the work of several local artists.

The Culture of Outports team is in Bonavista now, hosting our first community conversation and absorbing the beauty and unique cultural heritage of the town.

As in all Culture of Outports projects, we will be working with the community to understand and express the unique quality of place which fosters and sustains a livable community.

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CUG+R at Urban Design London

Cities internationally are exploring the challenges and opportunities of modern tower blocks and 21st century urban regeneration.

Next week Graeme Stewart and Ya’el Santopinto of ERA Architects and the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal will take part in a series of conversations focused on urban regeneration at Urban Design London (UDL) and Oxford University.  UDL is a non profit organization that connects design practitioners and provides up to date information about policy, research, and best practice.

They will have an opportunity to present the vision of Tower Renewal across the Province of Ontario and learn about other approaches being taken in cities around the world.

Discussions will include experts from multiple disciplines, and topics will range from estate regeneration to urban narratives as well as a reflection of the evolving approaches to public space over time.

Stay tuned for the outcomes that arise from this exciting international discussion and see how Ontario’s tower renewal experience sits alongside others.

 

Evergreen Canada Launches An Online Exhibit: Complete Communities

Evergreen Canada has launched an online gallery entitled ‘Complete Communities‘ that showcases several projects within and surrounding the GTA that provide affordable homes, fresh food, clean water, local services, green spaces and great recreation to their residents. Accessibility is made available through walking, biking and public transit.

The Ridgeway Community Court is one of these projects.

Ridgeway has a reputation in the city as being a disadvantaged neighbourhood, but residents who live in the community know Ridgeway as a great place full caring people and strong values. The space it now occupies was once a parking lot before residents rallied together to fundraise for a multi-use sports facility. The court design, and now management, has been community-led. It was an excellent opportunity for the local youth,  to enhance their skills, their drive, and their accomplishments. They worked very hard to achieve this dream, and they relish opportunities to showcase their community.

The youth know that they can¹t change the past but they can change the future. Through the ‘Complete Communities’ initiative the youth of the community have a platform to tell the GTA what it really means to call Ridgeway home.

Other Ridgeway community partners include MLSE, the City of Mississauga, the Mississauga West Rotary Club, and the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

Link to promotional video: https://www.evergreen.ca/completecommunities/2/8

 

Ontario Heritage Conference Panel Highlights the Success of Recent Projects

How does project planning, coordination and stakeholder engagement feed into the execution of a Lieutenant Governor Ontario Heritage Award winning architectural conservation project? ERA Principal Andrew Pruss will discuss the successes and challenges of the restoration of The Broadview Hotel project in ‘Getting It Right: The Formula for Heritage Conservation’, one of several sessions at the Ontario Heritage Conference this weekend taking place in Ottawa.

The panel discussion will be introduced by the Ontario Heritage Trust and will also feature the following speakers/projects:

Samah Othman and Mayor Hughes – African Methodist Episcopal Church (Township of Oro-Medonte)

Alexander Temporale – Harding Waterfront Estate / Holcim Centre (Mississauga)

Click here for more information on the event.

(photos: Marcus Mitanis)