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just one more

I had ended up with an odd number of sheets to go on the wall – that won’t do! Here’s the final render for the set of images. I think it rounds out the experiences from indivudual, personal spaces to group led formal spaces to this public gathering space.  When I was home this summer doing research this summer I was able to see the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra perform in the shaded area just a couple hundred meters from my proposed siting of the RCOC building. The concert was almost rained out – a real problem when you think about the value and delicacy of the instruments they were all playing. A venue space, informal yet able to provide this vital space has always been in the back of my head – from the triathlon to the fringe fest or WSO concerts there is a need for this kind of semi-enclosed performance space.



This is one of those funny projects where it’s ok to pin up an orchestra performing next to an animal necropsy being performed.

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Always be iterating…

My friend The Human gave me some good criticism on the rendering I posted before going to bed last night and I have reiterated the drawing to get it working better. I think the results are good.

Elk Necropsy in action in the operating theatre.

Elk Necropsy in action in the operating theatre.

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Building Scale

I used the study models I have been making over the past few weeks and the digital model I adapted from some earlier structural investigations to put together a 1:50 model in order to really have a go at some of the issues that I have been having translating a digital model of a complex surface into a physical model that is convincing. I snapped a few photos of the process so I thought I would put them all together for this post.


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I chased down a source today through the thesis work of a Dalhousie alumn and was surprised to find the most relevant and inspring writing I have come across yet in my research.  Though in general the entire essay provides a firm basis for my design and research methodology, one paragraph in particular stood out for me:

“…we can rethink all components of urban stormwater systems, from individual storm drain inlets to trunk storm sewers, to create surface stormwater systems that are functional and beautiful. We can accommodate both naturalistic and formal expressions and the use of native and nonnative species. We can enrich leftover spaces such as the edges of parking lots, which can become wonderful wetland or conventionally planted environments. We can build on the scientific research and engineering talents of related professionals to create landscapes that function in specific, quantifiable ways, and that are integral with the fabric of the city.”

– William E. Wenke, Toward and Inclusive Concept of Infrastructure

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Field Trippin’

So it has been a little bit since my last post about good advice and I tried to take it into consideration during the little vacation/research trip home I recently took to Manitoba.  I spent a lot of time talking to local stakeholders – employees of the park, business owners, summer workers, cabin owners, home owners, trees, deer, birds, etc. and photographing the historic buildings and potential sites for my project.

A quintessential prairie song – got to see it performed live during my trip with 53,000 people singing along.

The response I received was overwhelmingly positive – old bosses grabbed their keys for me to get inside historic timber framed buildings, the park allowed me to tour and photograph the brand new 3 stage sewage treatment facility, provided a wealth of insight and generally everybody got excited about the idea.  There is an implicit trust working in a context that I have such an intense personal relationship to and people have continued to make stars align for this project as I move forward.  You have to ask a question – and when people trust that you will listen, they give you answers!  I love going home.

I am going to do a series of posts over the next week exploring some of the specific ideas I came across building on some older thoughts but I wanted to write this as a kind of intro to the next few posts.  As such I am going to leave the text behind and share a couple of images from my trip that can perhaps provide context to those reading who are unfamiliar with this little Manitoba paradise.

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