Night Light Path

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Photo: Michelle Hunniford

Kitchener (then called Berlin) was first illuminated by gas-powered artificial light in the 1880s, and now hosts a multiplicity of street light designs, from the purely functional to the characteristic standards and sphere luminaires found in heritage neighbourhoods.

Night Light Path, created for Night\Shift 2016, presents a playful approach to the typically solid and uniform appearance of urban street lights. Rather than rigid standards lifting solid glass fixtures, a pathway of colourful lights inside balloons are anchored by inverted “standards” made of string.

This sequence of lights creates an alternative walking route through Civic Centre Park, blazing an ephemeral path between Kitchener Public Library and the K-W Art Gallery. Swaying in the breeze and reacting to visitors’ touch, Night Light Path turns the solidity of street furniture into an irreverent display of movement and colour.

Thank you to Richard McLean, Michelle Hunniford, CertaPro Painters and the Victoria Party Store for assistance in realizing this installation.

Care Package

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Photo: Magdalena Miłosz

This installation for Steel Rails 16 invites participants to build a styrofoam room inside a shipping container at a former industrial site in Kitchener, Ontario. Taking from a huge pile of styrofoam collected mainly from Kitchener curbs over a number of weeks, contributors install their pieces (as-is, carved, or otherwise altered) on an illuminated armature on the walls and ceiling. Musician Ben Grossman turns styrofoam and other objects found on the site into speakers and musical instruments, creating an industrial soundscape within the container. After the event, 45 kg of styrofoam was taken to be recycled at the Erb Street landfill in Waterloo.

Thank you to all the trusty volunteers on this installation!

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École Ronald-Marion

West elevation

École Ronald-Marion is a three-storey K-12 school in Pickering, Ontario designed for the French-language public school board Conseil scolaire Viamonde. As a technologist at Moffet & Duncan Architects (Toronto), I assisted the principal architect through all design aspects of the project, including concept, design development, and construction documents. The project is registered with LEED and awaiting certification.

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Sir John A. MacDonald & Black Walnut Public Schools

Elevation studies

The projects for Sir John A. MacDonald and Black Walnut Public Schools in Markham, Ontario presented the challenge of customizing a prototype design developed by the York Region District School Board for its new elementary schools. As a technologist at Moffet & Duncan Architects (Toronto), I addressed this challenge by developing a series of exterior elevation options in SketchUp and modifying the massing and positioning of architectural elements to engage the schools’ specific sites. I followed up by assisting the principal architect through the design development and construction document phases of the projects.

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Building Naturally and Living in Community: An Out-of-Office Experience

This article from my undergraduate days reflects on a hands-on co-op term at Heathcote, an intentional community near Baltimore, where I helped to build a multi-family straw bale house. The project was designed by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design.

A couple of summers ago, I decided to spend my co-op term outdoors, learning practical construction skills and trying to figure out just how a building gets put together. As an architecture undergraduate, I’d already had some co-op work terms in the private sector. Those experiences motivated me to seek out work in a non-profit setting, ideally a hands-on green building internship.

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Canadian Biennale Gallery

East elevation

Sited next to the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario, this project is for a gallery to house the Canadian entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as other exhibitions. The design was considered in terms of tensions between interior and exterior and subtly recalls local vernacular types such as mills and barns. The building form is intended to be as compact as possible, with the cladding and skin conceived as a tautly-fitting diaphragm through which specific cuts and perforations are made to indicate areas of importance.

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Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit

Ottawa

Construction has recently begun on the Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit system, ION. As a student planner at the Region in 2009, I developed a series of visualizations of preliminary station areas based on the Draft Functional Plan at the time (see the current system map for up-to-date station names and locations). These images speculated on potential urban density increases following construction of the rapid transit system and were used for public consultation. They have also appeared online at Region of WaterlooCBC,  The Record, and Waterloo Chronicle. The pre-conceptual design of LRT and aBRT stations along the route has been completed by ARCHITECTURE|49.

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Museo Torlonia

This project is for an underground museum located next to Roma Termini and Piazza dei Cinquecento to house the Torlonia Collection. The site is reorganized to provide a sloping public piazza and separate bus stop area. The museum accommodates other public programs such as a bar/café, restaurant, and retail on the first level below ground, along with gallery/studios and workshops for the museum. This level also has connections to the numismatic collections of the Museo Nazionale in the basement of the Palazzo Massimo, as well as the Repubblica and Termini metro stations.

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