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    The Diverse City and a Trip to Lunenburg

    by  • November 19, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Diversification–it’s the new buzz word–well, maybe not that new. From Jane Jacobs to Richard Florida we now seem to have figured out that putting all of our eggs in one basket  isn’t the way to go.  Perhaps this is because we don’t seem to have a lot of eggs at the moment. Our scarcity...

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    Location, Location, Location

    by  • November 12, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We went on two field trips this week to visit 4 very different buildings. The juxtaposition of the buildings and how they were developed gave me pause to think about how we perceive the use of heritage buildings and what that means for their rehabilitation.  I will start with the buildings that we saw...

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    Timber Framing (Part Deux)

    by  • October 29, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Last year we learned the rudimentary skills necessary for timber framing. This year we jumped right in, got down to work and got our mortises and tenons on!  We were preparing and fitting the second wall of a forty foot long, post and beam construction, open air pavilion. We are building the pavilion in...

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    The Great (Plaster) Wall

    by  • October 15, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    We were very dedicated to one project here at Willowbank this week. Typically our classes are all over the place but with the exception of drawing on Wednesday, we focused on reinstating a plaster wall in the Bright Salon. Originally we were to have five days to reinstall the architraves around all of the windows in the salon but it only made sense to put the plaster wall back in first. Unfortunately that has taken quite some time to finish and I’m not sure we’ll have the time to put back in all of the architraves.

    What is heritage anyway?

    by  • September 30, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    This week was amazing, (see last weeks post for my explanation for using this opening line, yet again.) We had a fairly theory intensive week, the overarching theme of which seemed to centre around the question: “What is heritage?” And let me tell you, that’s not an easy one to answer. We began the...

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    Sherlock and Shaky Cam Videos

    by  • September 24, 2011 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    This week was awesome! I know, you’re probably thinking: “You said that last week.” But it was, I’m not kidding! Next week’s going to be awesome too (we’ve got Julian and Cultural Landscape classes for most of the week – my favourite!) And trust me there will be weeks which are just okay and...

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