Contemporary architecture across Canada profiled in Part 2 of In-Context video series

In-Context has announced the launch of Part 2: Intersection of Erb & Caroline, the second in a series of short documentary videos and interactive online stories that profile contemporary architecture across Canada. Each story in the In-Context series explores the ways that architecture has made a profound social, cultural or economic impact on the shared environment. Watch the video and read the story at

Part 2 covers four buildings at the corner of Erb Street and Caroline Street in Waterloo, Ontario: Perimeter Institute, Stephen Hawking Centre (PI addition), the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, and CIGI campus by KPMB Architects. Set against the backdrop of the greater urban transformations underway in Waterloo Region, the buildings are used as both as an economic driver and as a device for urban renewal. 

Like many other mid-sized cities across Canada, the Waterloo Region is faced with meeting the demands of a growing population while trying to build a strong economy, abide by provincial growth plans, and maintain a high quality of life for its citizens. In addition, the Waterloo Region competes globally in the fields of science, technology, governance and education, working hard to attract local and international talent. 

Part 2 includes interviews with Shirley Blumberg, Gilles Saucier, Stephen Teeple and Roger Farwell. An online interactive article unpacks the full story of the buildings in the context of the Waterloo Region, and includes additional interview clips, maps, architectural drawings and photographs.

In-Context is made in association with the support of a growing list of sponsors, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and the City of Waterloo. 

Watch for the next In-Context video, coming soon. Part 3: Centre Village/Central Park, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will profile a social housing project and an urban park renewal in one of North America’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods.

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