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

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).

Connecting Passage - Market Square, Kitchener

The Mall and the Labyrinth

I recently dug up an article called “Labyrinthine Design” by Henry Petroski I read last year in Exhibitions: Processes, Procedures, Pragmatics. One of the different types of labyrinths Petroski discusses is the grocery store. Granted, there are of course differences between a grocery store and a shopping mall, but I thought his description of the […]