Moving Forward with Support

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Over a month has passed since my meeting with the NECA HDC and I have yet to receive any feedback from the committee.  (Having served on committees similar to the NECA HDC in the past, I am well aware of the challenges associated with relying upon volunteers to work at the pace of a professional organization.)  Although I would have … Read More

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Design Revisions and Continued Consultation

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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In the last 4 months planning and design for a renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street have continued at a fervent pace.  More than 30 editions of the project’s CAD (computer aided design) file have been produced, with the majority created since October 2013. Although consultation with the City of Ottawa heritage planning staff was begun in early 2012, … Read More

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Change: Decay or Dynamism?

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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“The only constant is change.“ (Heraclitus, philosopher, 540 – 480 BC) Over the course of the last two years my personal needs for a living space have changed.  In March of 2012 my first daughter Everleigh was born.  In March of 2014 my second daughter will join us.  Although our current home in New Edinburgh will continue to provide us … Read More

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Rideau Residences Building-Integrated Agriculture . Project Description

279 Crichton Street, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Having been a former railway siding, the potential for contamination was significant in the very limited growing area available at ground level around 279 Crichton Street.  The desire to grow food within 10 metres of where it is consumed on a dense urban lot, was satisfied by elevating the garden to the roof top.  The building below had been designed to support … Read More

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Inaction is Unsustainable

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Elements of the structure and mechanical systems at 205 Crichton Street have deteriorated and are in need of repair or replacement.  Extensive structural deterioration exists within the garage and breezeway, including but not limited to: a leaking asphalt shingle roof; rotting wood roof rafters; rusted metal floor joists and beams; and, cracked concrete foundation walls.  These deficiencies (typical of a … Read More

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Preliminary Concept and Consultation

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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In February I presented a preliminary concept for a renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street to the New Edinburgh Community Alliance Heritage and Development Committee (NECA HDC). Download a copy of the preliminary concept for 205 Crichton Street presented to the NECA HDC. Written comments were received from the committee a month later.  In the covering email message to … Read More

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Constant Neighbourhood Character: Evolving Architectural Forms

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Unlike the urban monocultures more common outside of the city’s core, New Edinburgh is characterized by the human scaled relationships between elements of the public realm and the architectural forms resultant from almost 175 years of development, and redevelopment.  New Edinburgh’s history is a narrative of changes to individual buildings, within the context of a consistent neighbourhood character. The intention … Read More

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Vacant Expectations

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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The City of Ottawa’s Heritage Survey and Evaluation Form suggests that the property at 205 Crichton may have been developed in response to the housing crisis precipitated by the end of the Second World War.  Each of the three rental units to have been built at 205 Crichton Street in 1945 were designed to provide 1,200 square feet of living … Read More

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History of a Single Story in a Neighbourhood of Two and Three

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Since 1945, the brick bungalow at the intersection of Crichton Street and Dufferin Road has sat unfinished.  Prior to its construction, the property at 205 Crichton Street was a vacant lot, that had remained undeveloped since the establishment of New Edinburgh. Construction of the building at 205 Crichton street was begun by Leonard Boehmer in 1945.  Leonard Boehmer was an … Read More

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