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

Peterborough Square

The last mall on our trip was Peterborough Square – yet another red brick fortress. The inside, however, looks like it’s been renovated pretty recently. It has this sort of re-modernist aesthetic, but with warm materials and colours. There’s wood and marble almost everywhere, cut and arranged in beautiful rounded geometric forms. And yet, amongst […]

Hamilton City Centre

Jackson Square / Hamilton City Centre

The same day we visited Brantford Market Square we also visited Hamilton. There are two malls in downtown Hamilton on the same block, Jackson Square and Hamilton City Centre (formerly Hamilton Eaton Centre). I have yet to find out why they were built in the same block nearly 20 years apart, but presumably the Hamilton […]

Brantford Market Square

Brantford Market Square

On the first day, we decided to just drive to Brantford so we could have an early start the next day. We stayed at a sketchy motel a few doors down from a teenage couple who smoked a lot. In the other direction, one of the units looked like it may have been converted into […]

London Citi Plaza

London Citi Plaza

London Citi Plaza was the first surprise of the trip. It actually seems like a semi-functioning mall! The architecture is also pretty stunning all in all, with vaulted arcade-style roofs and some decor that has clearly been updated since the mall’s first incarnation. In particular, the super sleek, super simple metal pillars and bar chairs […]