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57CE - Re-modern

25 May 2018 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

Waterloo Region literally remade itself in the period after the Second World War. Eight local firms and a small number from outside the region produced an extraordinary stock of high-quality modern buildings consistent with the dominant industrial heritage. These buildings form the background of the urban environment. They have been taken for granted. Some have been demolished. Thanks to the commitment of owners who value the quality and culture of the now-aging post-war modern architecture, some stunning examples of renewal and reuse have been achieved. This talk presents these examples and considers the design, technical and economic issues associated with reuse of modern buildings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the environmental, economic and cultural benefits of reusing post-war modern buildings.
  2. Understand a variety of approaches to the reuse, restoration, renovation and transformation of post-war modern buildings.
  3. Understand the rich heritage of post-war modern buildings in Ontario and their significance in the history of architecture in our province.
  4. Understand the ways in which the case can be made for reuse of post-war modern buildings with owners, municipal officials and the general public.


Eric Haldenby, PhD, FRAIC

Eric (Rick) Haldenby is a professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and served as director for 26 years. He founded the Waterloo Rome Program, won the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award and led the School of Architecture’s move to Cambridge in 2004. Professor Haldenby was chair of the Council of Canadian University Schools of Architecture and a member of the Board of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Canadian Architectural Certification Board. He chaired the juries for the Dundas Square and Nathan Phillips Square design competitions.