Take a group of architecture and building science students, assemble an architectural installation on a heritage site, add in a focus on community engagement and a major visual arts festival, place them in a community rich with heritage, and you get a pretty unique week of activity.
Bonavista is currently faced with the unique challenge of being a growing rural outport. The mix of artistic, entrepreneurial and industrial opportunities offer a strong appeal to both new and former residents. Within this context, the Town has identified some distinct design challenges to incorporate growth and change into the vibrant cultural heritage of the area. Our 2017 project brings together Culture of Outports, 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects, Assembly’s Wandering Pavilion, a team of ERA staff and Ryerson University students with backgrounds in architecture, building science and urban planning to tackle those challenges:
- What form should infill take in Bonavista? How could new industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings be integrated into Bonavista’s townscape (i.e., location, scale, building form) without creating a false sense of history and allowing new buildings to be recognizable as contemporary?
- Traditional building science in Bonavista is based on a wooden system. Investigate how this type of construction can adapt to modern day living and our extreme weather conditions?
- Recently Bonavista has seen a large increase of visitors in the summer, but the infrastructure isn’t always adequate for this flow of people. Consider the design of roads and wayfinding to address issues of traffic, parking, sightseeing and finding destinations.
- Sheds and outbuildings are an important part of Bonavista’s built heritage, but are increasingly being replaced with ready-made options from retailers like Canadian Tire. Could there be there a ‘kit of parts’ for sheds that speaks to vernacular building styles?
From August 20 to 27th we’ll be in Bonavista creating models, maps, and memories which we’ll post here. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from the community, and hopefully giving a lot back!