Market Square - Empty Side of the Food Court

Thesis in Numero Cinq

My undergraduate thesis exploring the role the Market Square Shopping Centre played in re-imagining the downtown of Kitchener, Ontario has been published by the online literary magazine Numero Cinq! The Struggle for the Centre: One City’s Adventure With Modernity

Construction at the New Courthouse

Old Courthouse / New Courthouse

The New Courthouse Construction of Waterloo Region’s new Mega Courthouse is well underway on the block bordered by Duke, Frederick, Weber and Scott Streets. It will add yet another monumental single-use block to the downtown, which does have a certain urban sexiness to it, especially in those sleek computerized renderings, and I do believe that […]

Kitchener's Cedar Hill Water Tower

The Beast on the Hill

It’s strange to think that the rust bucket on the horizon of the photo above will no longer loom over Kitchener’s downtown. The Cedar Hill Water Tower is in the last stages of being torn down, and I can’t help but feel like this was a missed opportunity. It was one of the most distinctive […]

Market Square - Front Lobby

Site Visit: Market Square

Yesterday I made a site visit to the Market Square in Kitchener, Ontario. In my mind it’s the poster-child of my thesis, since it was the first mall of its kind that I ever knew. I was able to get photographs not only of the general mall area, but also of the Goodlife Fitness and The Record. It gives a good sense of the ways that the space can be reused and also alerted me to the stark difference between the mall’s architecture and the architecture of its anchor (once an Eaton’s department store).