Sprouting Nodes Urban Intervention
Client: City of Guelph
As part of Guelph’s Urban Design Summit, Workshop Architecture was hired by the City of Guelph to create a temporary urban intervention in the Paisley-Imperial area. Paisley-Imperial was identified as one of five “Community Mixed-Use Nodes” – an area outside of the downtown core with potential to become an urban village. The purpose of the temporary project and online campaign was to help local people visualize the area’s future and to kick-start the process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly place in a suburban commercial environment.
To realize the project which was located in a large grocery store parking lot, we worked local community organizations, landowners and City staff. We built a Main Street Future Walk and a Parking Lot Oasis within the Zehrs Garden Centre that included an exhibit of plans for the future of the area by University of Guelph Landscape Architecture students. We ran a workshop at the Urban Design Summit and created a manual to show other Ontario municipalities how they could implement similar low-cost creative projects to test their planning ideas and get feedback from stakeholders before implementing long-term planning decisions and permanent changes.