Guelph’s ‘esthetic synergy’ intrigues cultural border crosser

Take the Woodward’s redevelopment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, completed in 2010 by Henriquez Partners architects. On various levels, that was a project in architecture or community-building or social justice.

Or you could view it as a huge art project whose “catalogue” was Body Heat, a substantive collection of essays about the redevelopment edited that year by Enright. Borrowing from the 1981 film starring Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, that border-crossing title refers to the “city heat” generated by the commingling of bodies and minds in a project of this scale.

Enright points out that Gregory Henriquez has presented a proposal for redevelopment of Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village in Toronto. That project would bring in a mix of retail and live-work spaces — the kind of commingling of bodies and ideas that Enright sees enlivening downtowns, including Guelph’s.

He regards this city as a model for combining live-work spaces and as a place where “esthetic synergy” happens all the time.

This excerpt was originally published on March 20th as part of the article, “Guelph’s ‘esthetic synergy’ intrigues cultural border crosser” by Andrew Vowles | GuelphMurcury.com.


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