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1. Cambridge Sculpture Gardens Installation - Gareth Lichty: Gabion Tower

Over the summer Kitchener artist, Gareth Lichty is creating a 12 foot high replica of a southern Ontario water tower at the Cambridge Sculpture Garden. Lichty will be re-work and re-weave the gabion baskets often utilized by civil engineers to control water flow around roads, rivers, and subdivisions. The tower structure will be planted with a native Ontario climbing plant material and will remain on site through 2014. This project has been supported by the Waterloo Region Art Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. 

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2. The Ideal House Project: Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich

The Ideal House Project, designed by artists Yvonne Lammerich and Ian Carr-Harris, re-imagines the barn as the ideal house and studio. This concept is illustrated through three models on display in the Slit Barn at rare Charitable research Reserve.* The core of this project is the barn’s simple, elegant mathematical proportions – multiples of 6, and the right angle. The Idea House Project was previously exhibited at Cambridge Galleries’ Design at Riverside location.

*Restricted hours: Saturdays ONLY, 11-3.

3. Waterloo Architecture: Theory + Design in Contemporary Landscape (ARCH 425)

ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture taught by Associate Professor Elise Shelley. The course investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism. The final project in this course is a site installation assignment that will produce 11 site-based projects at rare Charitable Research Reserve, divided between the Springbank Farm and the Slit Barn sites. This is a unique opportunity for the students to design for historically and environmentally sensitive sites. Each project is designed and constructed by a group of 5-6 students, based on significant themes identified in their research.

4. North House

North House is a new and innovative green housing model that produces more energy than it consumes and makes sustainable living attractive and rewarding. The combination of passive and active solar design, integrated energy production, customized components and mobile interactive technologies, produce an attractive high performance home that sets a new standard for solar design in Canada’s northern climate. North House – originally designed and built for the International Solar Decathlon Competition in 2009, where it placed 4th overall- is the result of a unique and unprecedented collaborative team of academic, government agency, industry, and professional partners who have undertaken the advanced research activities, design, and construction. North House will now be permanently located at the rare Charitable Research Reserve.

Team North, was lead by Waterloo Architecture, and supported by Waterloo Engineering, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University.

5. Waterloo Architecture: haudenausaunee – A Modern Long House

Southern Ontario is the ancient homeland of Iroquoian peoples who built longhouses as their principle architectural form. The people call themselves the “haudenausaunee” – translating directly as “the people who build a longhouse”. The Waterloo Architecture students of Dr. William Woodworth’s course on aboriginal culture and architecture, Twelve Architectures, are working to design and build a modern interpretation of this vital architectural form. The installation will consist of the footprint of the longhouse, laid out in the native tradition, and one completed rafter, acting as a gateway.   

6. OSSGA Student Design Competition 2011

In this competition, students were asked to re-imagine the Wayco Pit, located on Wayco Road in North Dumfries Township, just south of Cambridge. In 40 years, the quarry site (owned by Nelson Aggregates) will have completed its lifespan as an excavation site and will be open to rehabilitation. Each team of students conceived of a new life for Wayco Pit and provided a plan to guide it towards its new use. The top 6 projects will be on display at Lamb’s Inn on rare Charitable Research Reserve.* Each winning scheme includes three panels: the existing site conditions, the progression towards rehabilitation, and the completed rehabilitation. Competition and exhibition sponsored by the Ontario Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (OSSGA).

*Monday-Friday, 9-5. Closed holiday Mondays.

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