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Grand Trunk Community Hub Design Charrette

On November 3, 2018, graduate students from Ryerson University under the direction of Prof. Colin Ripley led a Design Charrette at the University of Waterloo for 32 enthusiastic Stratford citizens.


Members of the SACC, plus independent artists, municipal politicians and interested citizens were asked to provide their ideas about how the proposed Stratford Arts and Culture Centre might look if it was built at the Grand Trunk Community Hub on the Cooper site. The morning started with greetings from Mayor Dan Mathieson and an informative and entertaining overview of the history of the Grand Trunk and its relationship to the city of Stratford and the site itself by Dean Robinson.

For several months, the students worked on their designs, and presented them to a supportive audience at the Gallery Stratford on May 11, 2019. Each design showed much thought and sensitivity to the various elements of the design aesthetic. The Stratford Arts and Culture Collective thanks the students and wishes them well in their future studies. We also thank Dean Robinson, Mayor Dan Mathieson, the University of Waterloo and especially Prof. Colin Ripley, who wanted to give something back to the city in which he grew up.


Students who participated are:

Daniel Filice

Andres Guzman-Romero

Mike Mazurkiewicz

Maya Orzechowska

Dan Rubenzahl

Anthony Yu

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