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John MacDonald   I’ve been reading an article entitled Why You Should Use an Architect for Your Project, from the 2011 Ontario Association of Architects "Profiles 2011" Membership guide. Although  the article is interesting, informative, and mostly on target in the mind of this particular architect, I couldn’t help but wonder how a broader audience receives its message.   The article basically takes the point of view that a professional can help you make informed and important decisions about your project, with your best interests in mind. So far so good. It also points out that your project can benefit from the architect’s perspective on how the project can contribute to the quality of our communities and public interest. That̵… Read more ...
February 01, 2021
Because our architectural practice and work is rooted in the physical world and the landscape that our designs affect, it’s important that this blog stay “grounded”. Literally.   Although discussions about design are often abstracted from context, that’s not us. Our work and interest is about making and enhancing particular places.   That’s why we’ve decided that Design and Community has a physical lifeline, which is the particular natural, rural, urban, and suburban mix associated with the Grand River Watershed, where our office and many of our projects are located.   We often think of a watershed as a geographic unit divorced from our built form. It’s not.    The t… Read more ...
January 12, 2021
What Do You Think?   Welcome. We wish you the best in 2021. Safest and healthiest too!   This blog entry is the first in a series of “What do you Think …” posts that we’d like to share with our community. We’re trying to make our website a great forum for community ideas and discussions, so we’ll be introducing topics on a regular basis through the blog. We hope you join us from time to time, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.    Share your thoughts on community building, whether it's the bricks and mortar type, or about how to strengthen the social fabric of the places where we live, work and play.     We are excited to get your feedback and engage the community on topics t… Read more ...
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs   Every year citizens in cities across the globe gather to participate in organized walking tours in honour of Jane Jacobs. Jane was an activist and writer who introduced the world to ground-breaking ideas about community-based approaches to city building. She believed that is it important for local residents to become familiar with their neighbourhoods and have input on how their neighbourhood develops. Jane’s Walks are hosted each year on the first weekend of May and focus on a variety of themes relevant to the local planning, history, people and culture of the city in which the walks take place.  … Read more ...

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