Localized Agency After Absolute Authority
The Seaway Project was a modernist dream intended to spur development of an industrial utopia. Following the completion of the Seaway Project, global economical shifts precluded the aspirations for an industrialized Seaway and the planning of the modernist industrial utopia was never realized. Today, Seaway traffic continues, but without any benefit to the local communities it promised to improve. These waterfront communities no longer have an economic or architectural relationship to the St. Lawrence River. The Seaway Project has muted the waterfront identities of these towns and cities and many former industrial sites along the waterfront are now either abandoned or contaminated. Today, many of the towns and cities along the St. Lawrence River border are economically depressed and are searching to wind ways of reinventing themselves.
This thesis proposes a new design vision for the Cornwall Canal Lands, and it is meant to be applicable to all the communities along the St. Lawrence River border. The approach is not fixated on singular outcomes but rather sees urbanism as a process dependent on time and human agency. This proposal utilizes three very specific frameworks in expanded roles; the existing infrastructure as a network, the post-industrial requirement of environmental regeneration, and interpersonal interactions. Creating the armature for moments of interpersonal interactions is paramount in the new design vision. The renewed emphasis on the waterfront community creates the opportunity to build and strengthen community. The three frameworks, designed over four phases of duration, form a post-industrial design vision; based on local citizen based involvement, sustainable form of city-making and local experimentation that integrates existing urban morphology.
The examining committee is as follows:
Mona El Khafif, University of Waterloo
Elizabeth Paden, KPMB Architects
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday June 3, 2015
Architecture Room 2008
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4