Waterloo Architecture

Theory and Design in Contemporary Landscape Architecture (ARCH 425):

Theory and Design in Contemporary Landscape Architecture is a fourth year design 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 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.

haudenausaunee – Modern Longhouse Project

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 in 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. The footprint will be in place for the Launch Weekend, and construction of the rafter will continue throughout July. A ceremony of Thanksgiving, with Burning Tobacco, will accompany the raising of the rafter, followed by an At the Woods Edge Condolence greeting.



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, produces 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 is lead by Waterloo Architecture, and supported by Waterloo Engineering, Ryerson University and Simon Fraser University


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