Posts tagged ‘Urban Form’

Revamping A Galt Downtown Heritage Building

Remember the ‘Right House’? Which was then cladded in metal and became a Big V Drugmart, then a Shoppers Drugmart… and it is now being rejuvenated! The makeover is part of a large-scale revitalization project of the Galt core by developer David Gibson.

I can’t wait to see the end result!


September 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm 1 comment

The Rise of the Student Ghettos

Neighbourhoods around Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario are at risk of becoming student ghettos, city planners are warning.  The broader plan to improve neighbourhoods around Fanshawe and Western was approved by council in February 2008 and dubbed the near-campus neighbourhoods strategy.

Long-term residents are fleeing, leaving some streets almost entirely occupied by students and other temporary inhabitants who don’t own the homes, a change that threatens the viability of everything from local day cares to churches. The change in ownership has driven up prices of homes whose value are based on rental income, making it tougher for families to buy them. Too many properties have lost green spaces, are in poor repair and become the target of vandals. Previous efforts by city hall to limit changes have sometimes been quashed by provincial appointees on the Ontario Municipal Board.

City planners laid out proposals they hope would make a difference:

  • Reduce the maximum number of bedrooms in rental homes to three from five.
  • Require outdoor areas that can be enjoyed that are no less than three metres wide in any direction.
  • Require proponents of new single and semi-detached homes and those who want to add bedrooms to existing buildings to have their detailed plans subjected to scrutiny at city hall.


October 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Kitchener Civic District Update

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Preliminary Mass Model

Much like my counterpart, I was given the task to create a project that would help further my undergraduate project last semester. So, I chose to develop a massing model for Wellington Road and Bradely Avenue in London. (Click image to enlarge.)

Preliminary Mass Model

This massing model represents the current building heights, dimensions and site locations. The purpose of this “preliminary” model is to help aide in the construction of future intensification models that will be completed in part with my Capstone project, The Revitalization of Wellington Street Corridor. The focus of this model is at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and Wellington Street. This area will be further developed and analyzed in the Capstone project. This will help to show prospective investors and developers the advantage of intensification within an urban setting.

St. Stephens Park , Westervelt College, and White Oaks Mall will be redesigned for a stronger pedestrian connection. Currently, St. Stephens park is not connected to Wellington Street as there is a ditch that seperates it from the road. White Oaks has a large chunk of land availlable at the intersection to implement new infill projects and the design of an urban square. Several options will be developed to show people that there are many potential designs for this intersection.
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May 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

CBC – Living City: A Critical Guide

Last Thursday there was a great episode of The Nature of Things on CBC titled – Living City: a critical guide.  Award-winning urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume takes a cross-country journey to explore the sustainability, viability,livability and the current Urban Planning/Design situations in  6 Canadian cities; Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. 

The show is about 40 mins long and I recommend everyone who is even remotely interested in Urban Planning/Design/Public Transit to watch it!

– sorry the video is a little dark.

I think it would be interesting to get Christopher Hume down to London and see what he would have to say about our city!


February 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

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