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"Architecture in Cambridge: Shaping the City"
2001-05-25 until 2001-06-30
Cambridge Galleries
Cambridge, ON, CA Canada

Architecture in Cambridge: Shaping the City, showcases the work of emerging young architects from the University of Waterloos School of Architecture, celebrates the richness, boldness and inspiring nature of the landscape bisecting Cambridges historical urban core and celebrates a new partnership between the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the City of Cambridge with the immanent relocation of the School of Architecture to the banks of the Grand River in the centre of old Galt.

The unique situation ofCambridges core has offered many of the School of Architectures students an opportunity to reflect on the complexities of architecture, urban design and landscape. The intricate and symbiotic relationship of the city to the Grand River is exceptionally rich and offers Cambridge an identity that few North American Cities enjoy: a sense of place and memory intricately linked to the architecture and industrial history of the city. The challenges and opportunities grow even greater as contemporary ecological and economic factors come in to play in designing a new future for Cambridges Galt core.

From bridges to boathouses to new schools of architecture, or the projecting of a 100 year urban/ecological master plan onto the site the aim of these students has been to dissect the essence of the core, analyse its complex layers and reconstruct it with rigour and imagination, while doing justice to its strong history and legacy.

This exhibit should be considered the first of many important cultural transactions between the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the City of Cambridge, and the quality of the work presented in the exhibit is a testament to Cambridges heritage and the poetry it inspires among the University of Waterloos young architects.

Repesented in the exhibition will be William Radfords illustrations, models and plans from his masters thesis Water Levels -- Bridging the Distance, which won the Student of Excellence Award, 2000, from Canadian Architect: National Review of Design and Practise Magazine; plans for a new School of Architecture in Cambridge by masters students Tom Kolbasenko, Kaline Charrey, Adam Trotter and Jenny Francis; designs and models for a rowing club house on the Grand River by 4th year students Norman Li, Alex Lukachko, Dan Vrabec, Tim Ali and Dan Gallivan; and houses on the Grand by 1st year students James Swain, Deborah Wang, Melodie Coneybeare and Champika Fernando.

Adam Trotter,
University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge,

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