BWR: Building Waterloo Region
Building Waterloo Region is a festival of exhibitions and related events exploring and celebrating the past, present and future of progressive architecture and design excellence in Waterloo Region.
Building Waterloo Region launched in the summer of 2014 as a festival of exhibitions and related events exploring and celebrating the past, present and future of progressive architecture and design excellence in Waterloo Region. We designed this web site to provide information about the exhibitions and events in the Building Waterloo Region program. The team behind the exhibitions is in the process of revising and relaunching the site as a source of information and discussion about the themes of the eight exhibitions, their various legacies and a place to discuss on-going issues in design and urban development in the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge.
More than 30,000 people visited the exhibitions. Tours, lectures and children’s programs attracted hundreds more. The festival was celebrated in local, regional and national media. In the summer of 2014 Waterloo Region looked at itself in a new way, at its building from the moment the first humans arrived to the present, at the monumental armature of industrial buildings, at the dramatic growth and transformation that followed World War II, at the tradition of excellence in design and at the future driven by new technologies and transportation systems.
The exhibitions themselves have come down, but over the next few months material from each of the shows will be posted on this site. Users can explore the subjects and review the legacy of each of the exhibitions by using the links to the right.
Building Waterloo Region was a partner with Open Ears and CAFKA in the 2014 Festival of Art, Architecture and Sound.
Most major cultural institutions and arts advocacy organizations in Waterloo Region participated in BWR including: Cambridge Galleries, Waterloo Region Museum, The Fashion History Museum, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Joseph Schneider Haus, McDougall Cottage, rare Charitable Research Reserve, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, The University of Waterloo, Waterloo Architecture, Conestoga College.
The BWR initiative would not exist without the generous support of the following sponsors and funders. We deeply appreciate their commitment to the quality and appreciation of design and development in Waterloo Region.