Final four Celebration 2017 submissions selected
In celebration of the University of Waterloo's 60th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation, the Celebration 2017 Project will embody Waterloo's image as a hub for innovation and celebrate Canada's spirit of diversity and inclusion.
Celebration 2017 sought student proposals for a creative and innovative design for a campus space that inspires and captures the spirit of the University of Waterloo community. The three-stage challenge will conclude with a new campus gathering space in the current Arts quad.
10 student teams submitted their Stage Two proposals for review. The top 4 teams are moving on to Stage Three. The winning team will be announced at this year's President's Town Hall meeting on November 14, 2017.
The four team submissions are:
Team A+Q's submission promises "subtle homages to the 6 decades of the University's existence (e.g. historical timeline encircling the area laying out 6 innovations, one for each decade)." A feature of the submission is a solar panel canopy powering nearby mobile device powering stations.
Team Fourth Co's design for the quad is "planned in a manner reaffirming the position of the Library as the most iconic building on campus" and features clear pedestrian paths radiating from its entrance, dividing the quad into two sections called The Steps and The Plaza.
Team Interlace's submission was "conceived as a crossbreed between landscape and architecture" and the proposal "suggests a new paradigm in student space design: the "Urban Livingroom." The space is a network of "interweaving microcosms and amenities woven together by leading floor lines and outdoor furnitures."
Team Spatial Solootions:
Team Spatial Solootions envisions "a greener and more intimate social space embedded within the tiered steps." The design features planters and merged seating, realized in concrete and timber lounge decks, and calls for study nooks along the edges of Modern Languages and colourful ground art, among other things.
You can check out the Celebration 2017 website to examine each submission in closer detail.
Health, aging, well-being at this week's GRADtalks
The third installment of GRADtalks takes place on Thursday, September 28.
GRADtalks was launched earlier this year as an opportunity for Waterloo doctoral students to explore one research theme from interdisciplinary perspectives. The event promises to be a great occasion to celebrate and highlight graduate student research at the University.
The research topic for the September 28 GRADtalks is “Beyond 60: Health, Aging and Well-Being” featuring Kaylen Pfisterer, PhD Candidate in Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Samantha Biglieri, PhD Candidate in Planning, Faculty of Environment.
Pfisterer is passionate about application-driven research; she presents her novel nutrition tracking technology for enhancing older adults’ health. Biglieri is captivated by how neighbourhoods influence quality of life; she examines older adults’ lived experiences in their communities to build more inclusive cities.
The event takes place on Thursday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. with wine and cheese and the talk begins at 4:45. Register today.
Canada 150 brings an evening of Austrian culture
By Lori Straus
On Friday, September 29, Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits will perform selected works by renowned composers such as Gershwin, Beethoven, and contemporary Canadian composer Vivian Fung, as part of a coast-to-coast tour during Canada 150.
Born in Vienna in 1988, Kokits has been playing since the age of 4 and is the winner of several national and international competitions.
Following the concert will be a reception and the official opening of the CALLIOPE exhibition on women in society, culture, and the sciences. The exhibition re-examines the lives of Austrian women who have been forgotten, overlooked, and marginalized in Austria’s official historiography.
The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. and is part of UWaterloo’s HeForShe campaign. It is co-presented by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, and the Embassy of Austria in Ottawa. The concert and exhibition take place at Conrad Grebel.
For full details, please visit the Waterloo Centre for German Studies’ website.