Designing our Neighbourhoods: Trends and Influences over 150 Years
Kitchener-Waterloo is the fastest growing tech market in Canada. It’s home to Google’s Canadian headquarters. SIXO Midtown, BarrelYards and other mixed-use urban developments are transforming neighbourhoods into creative communities.
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, North Waterloo Region Branch, is presenting the City Building Series of lectures examining the role played by planning, urban design and landscape architecture in the three-dimensional development of Kitchener-Waterloo while still allowing the preservation of our built heritage.
GSP Group Principal Planner Glenn Scheels, MCIP, RPP, kicked off the series with his presentation, Designing our Neighbourhoods: Trends and Influences over 150 Years. The discussion looked at how Waterloo Region has grown from a scattering of small villages to one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant urban areas. A strong economy has propelled significant growth and the urban area has many neighborhoods built in different eras over the past 150 years. This lecture will provide an overview of town planning and the various planning, design and urban development movements that influenced and shaped our neighborhoods in Kitchener and Waterloo.