21.2.12

THE NEW LANSDOWNE : PROBLEM SOLVING - PART 2

Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square
Let's take a look at the Aberdeen Square, which is located right beside the Aberdeen Pavilion. The design brief describes it as "a formal, paved plaza graced by the full north facade of the Aberdeen Pavilion. Its larger, contiguous space accommodates opportunities throughout the year, including the Farmers’ Market". 

Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square

What do you think of this location for the Farmers Market? I don't like it at all. There's nothing innovative or original about it at all. In fact, next to a newly built area, this will look cheap.  It's just a bunch of tents on a parking lot.

There's also an issue with the placement of the fountain. Unfortunately vendors typically tend to throw dirty water on the street in the Byward Market. I doubt it will be different in Lansdowne. What will most likely end up happening is that the fountain will get dirty or clogged. Then it won't be functional anymore and it will end up as a pit with random garbage in it. In the summer, you'll get a sea of random tents taking over the lot and in the winter it will be empty. 

Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square

Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square

There is a better solution. Why not build a permanent open air structure like the Convington Farmers Market in Virginia. It was designed and built by students and two teachers from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. Their budget was only $150,000.00 and they made it happen. The project was awarded a 2011 Design Excellence Award from the Virginia Society AIA. How awesome is this!
Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square Modern Ottawa The New Lansdowne Aberdeen square

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