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a Guide to

LIFE AND DESIGN in Cambridge


TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION

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WITHIN THE BUILDING

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FOOD

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TRANSIT

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SUPPLIES

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FUN TIMES

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DESK STRETCHES

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SCALE CONVERSION

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RESOURCES

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INTRODUCTION 3

Welcome to your home for the next five years! You might feel intimidated or nervous right now, but hopefully this book can ease your worries. On the other hand, you might be excited and thrilled! We are too. In this book, you’ll find the basics on where everything is within the school and also within the City of Cambridge. Tips and advice gathered from upper-years are interspersed to help you navigate the world of architecture school. A special thanks to FOC, WASA, Brent Carson, Rick Haldenby and Donna Woolcott for helping to move this project forward. We’re all rooting for you. - Alex Bodkin and Stephanie Koltun


Don’t be afraid to share ideas and seek feedback.


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Attending your own crit is obviously mandatory, and it’s a good idea to have someone else take notes for you. However, if you really want to make the most of the day, attend as many crits as you can. This helps you understand what works and what doesn’t in many different areas. If you have the time, attend upper-year crits to get a jump on the game.


6 FIRST FLOOR MELVILLE CAFE

GYM

wash rooms

DESIGN AT RIVERSIDE

MAIN LECTURE HALL e-CLASSROOM WORKSHOP o ffi ces

STUDENT LOUNGE

MELVILLE CAFE

You’ll spend a fair amount of money here, so get used to it. There’s a student deal every weekday, and you’ll receive a 10% discount if you buy something else off the menu (except beer or wine). M - F 8:30am - 8pm Sat - Sun 8:30pm - 4pm

DESIGN AT RIVERSIDE

As part of the Cambridge Galleries, Design at Riverside brings architecture and design shows into our school. Keep your eyes on the prize and maybe you’ll be featured in the Projects Review show at the end of April. Tues - Thurs 12pm - 8pm Friday 12pm - 5pm Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm

GYM

With your key, you have 24-hour access to treadmills, elipticals, bikes, yoga mats, weight machines and more. Don’t leave your sweat around after you’ve gone - wipe the equipment down with provided supplies. Keep your eye out for classes, tournaments and other events organized by the fitness co-ordinator.

e-CLASSROOM

Here is where you get down to the nitty-gritty bits of architecture. You’ll learn how to model and render, use AutoCad as well as Adobe Suite. It gets warm in here with all those machines running, so dress lightly, even in winter.


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MAIN LECTURE HALL

You’ll spend many, many, many hours in here. From looking at slides to taking notes to watching movies, this is where it happens. Bring a notebook, bring a pen, but don’t be the person that brings a pillow.

STUDENT LOUNGE

Pass out on an extra-long couch, play a game of ping-ping or foosball, or rattle off a tune on the piano. Relax, forget your woes, and snuggle up with an oversized pillow in the soft-corner.

WORKSHOP

Equipped with any tool you’d need to build a model, the workshop quickly becomes construction-city around deadline time. Important Information If you don’t know how to use something, ask. Stay away if you’re sleep deprived. Wear goggles but don’t forget to take them off when you leave. M-F 9am - 5pm

faces to know

Heinz Koller Workshop Manager hkoller@uwaterloo.ca ext. 27659

Robert Jan Van Pelt 1A Cultural History Prof rjvanpel@uwaterloo.ca ext.27622


8 SECOND FLOOR MUSAGETES ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY

graduate offices

PHOTO STUDIO THE OFFICE

VIDEO LAB

ACM DARKROOM

MAC LAB

grad lounge

grad offices

founder’s lounge

washrooms

wardroom

p r o f e s s o r s’ o f f i c e s

MUSAGETES ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY

The library is a quiet, calm oasis at the centre of an often stressful school environment. It is a perfect starting point for research and catnaps. Books, journals and movies on anything design-related can be found within. Use the GIS program and find geographic data for the local area and other specific sites. Add money to your WatCard at the circulation desk. Request material from main campus, Laurier and Guelph using TUGdoc. M - F 8:30am - 8:30pm Sat - Sun 1pm - 5pm

THE OFFICE

Here you can pay your studio and fieldtrip fees, ask Donna questions, and pick up your mail and books. There is plenty of info pertaining to events, resources and faculty posted on the bulletin board outside. M - F 8:30am - 4:30pm

ARCHITECTURE COMPUTING AND MEDIA

ACM has lots of products and services. Here, you can buy supplies, get tech support, scan and plot, and sign out equipment like cameras and projectors. M - F 10am - 6pm

PHOTO STUDIO

The studio is equipped with moveable lighting and three colours of backdrops, perfect for documenting models. Important Information: The doors are always locked, so make sure to book ahead of time at ACM. If you don’t have a DSLR, why not grab one from there too.


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DARKROOM

The darkroom is equipped with 11 enlargers, a print dryer and the necessary chemistry for black and white film and print developing.

VIDEOLAB

There are 9 G5 machines running OS X, 8 of which have miniDV recorders and Final Cut Pro. 1 is equipped with an M-Audio Keystation 49e. A sound booth is in the back.

MAC LAB

Enjoy all your computing needs from rendering to Facebook, on really big screens. 22 iMacs running Mac OS X and Windows. Available programs include Rhino, VRay, Autocad, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and more. Open 24 hours a day. Important Information: If your document doesn’t print right away, wait a bit. And don’t hog two computers the night of a deadline.

faces to know

Matt Oliver Systems Manager m3oliver@uwaterloo.ca ext.27600

Michele Laing Librarian mlaing@uwaterloo.ca ext.27607

Donna Woolcott Undergraduate Coordinator dwoolcot@uwaterloo.ca ext. 27604

Rick Haldenby O’Donavon Director erhaldenuwaterloo.ca ext. 84544


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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIO

LOFT graduate offices

offices

STUDIO

You’ll spend most of your time here, even though studio days are technically only Tuesday and Thursday. You’ll either have desk crits, project introductions, project reviews or whatever else the professor arranges. Even though studio is separated by years, don’t be afraid to wander over to the other classes and take a look. The upper-years can be a great resource for design ideas, local hot spots, and good parties. Important Information Although studio is open 24 hours a day, keep the door shut at all hours in order to prevent theft and non-students from walking through here. Only work on your desk. Don’t take other people’s food from the fridge. There are two telephones located between the studios. To dial out, press 6 and then the number you are trying to reach. The number for these lines is 519 888 4567 ext 27644 and ext 27643.

LOFT

This space is for everything: project reviews and critiques, yoga classes, drawing at easels, model-making, the awards banquet, and much more. On the day of reviews, attend everyone’s - not just your own. During your own crit, you will be too busy wiping the sweat off your palms to fully absorb what the critics say. With that said, have someone else take notes for you. You’ll hear it again and again, but crits are where you can learn the most. Important Information Attend all your crits, desk and project reviews. Utilize the large tables and pin up boards for group projects.


11 TERRI’S OFFICE

Not only is Terri one of your professors, she is also your Undergraduate Officer. If you have have academic related issues, she is the person to talk to.

faces to know

Rick Andrighetti 1A Studio Prof ricka@interlog.com ext.27610

Donald McKay 1B Studio Prof ddmckay@uwaterloo.ca ext.27615

Terri Meyer Boake Undergraduate Officer tboake@uwaterloo.ca ext. 27634


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COMPETITION There is no elimination round or a Student of the Week award. All work improves when classmates view each other as peers, not opponents.


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ALL NIGHTER

isn’t a badge of honour With effective time management, an all nighter doesn’t have to be a necessity. However, if you’re down to the wire and start seeing the sun coming up, remember to eat and take a break if you feel yourself getting stuck.


14 FOOD Groceries 1. Food Basics 5. Farmers Market

Cheap & Quick 2. L.A. Frank’s 16. Coffee Peddler 6. Euphoria 17. Grand Cafe 9. Annabelle’s 18. Barnacle Bill’s 10. Dee Dee’s Cafe 19. King’s Palace 11. Mister Sub 20. Southworks Mall 15. Lola’s Pizza

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15 Casual Sit Down 3. Mostly Thai 12. Red Basil 4. Zen Gardens 12. El Rinconcito 7. Black Badger 14. Cafe Thirteen 8. Golden Kiwi 21. O’Keefe Cottage

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Galt has lots to offer, and you’ll also find more elsewhere. If you head west on Concession St past Southworks, you’ll find a 24h Sobey’s, a Beer Store, and an LCBO. If you can get to Preston, there are a number of neat pubs and restaurants, such as Groove Kitchen. Want fast food? Hespeler Road is the destination.


16 TRANSIT waterloo regional airport

go bus

greyhound biking

walking

grand river transit taxi service

Flights to Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. 4881 Fountain St N Waterloo

Other than carpooling, this is the quickest way to get to Toronto. Take GRT Bus 52 to get to the station. 1139 Industrial Rd Unit 3

The Go will take you to Waterloo and then drop you off at Square One in Mississauga. Cambidge SmartCentre, 401 & Hespler

Grand River Conservation Trails offer scenic routes for biking, running or walking. Check www. grandriver.ca for more details.

The school provides a free taxi service between 9pm and 5am. The service is only for students returning home - not anywhere else. Security Office, 1st flr

With your WatCard, you can board any GRT bus for free. Use the iXpress to travel to main campus and Kitchener. 35 Ainsle St


SUPPLIES 17 MODEL MAKING Forbes Hobbies 100 Sheldon Drive Home Depot 15 Pinebush Road Turkstra Lumber 170 Beverly St turkstralumber.com Golden Triangle Specialty Metals 471 Dundas St

Central Plastic Sales 490 Sheldon Dr

Techworx South Campus Hall, Main Campus, ext. 32251 www.techworx.uwaterloo.ca balsa, cardboard, glues, plexiglass, etc

A&M Wood Specialties 358 Eagle St. N forloversofwood.com Custom Foam Specialties 360 Trillium Dr (Kitchener) www.customfoam.com

PRINTING & DRAFTING Phidon 63 Dickson St pens, paper, etc Pine Group 250 Dundas St printing, etc Big Footprints 25 Milling Road bigfootprints.ca printing

Eyelevel Computer Technologies 16 Grand Ave printing, scanning, etc Ed Green Blueprinting Ltd. 125 Turnbull Crt edgreen.ca printing, scanning, binding, etc Techworx South Campus Hall www.techworx.uwaterloo.ca drafting supplies

ARTS & CRAFTS Michael’s 18 Pinebush Road

Curry’s 170 Gateway Park Drive

Wyndham Art Supplies 125 Wyndham St (Guelph)

Queen’s Square Art Supplies 14 Grand Ave


18 FUN THINGS TO DO SPORTS & RECREATION YMCA 250 Hespeler Rd GRCA cycling & running trails www.grandriver.ca

Victoria Park Corner of Fishermills/ Clemens Ave playground, picnic tables, fields, baseball diamonds

ADVENTURES

Galt Collegiate Institute Friday night gym nights with UWSA Sportsworld 100 Sportsworld Dr water park, mini-golf courses, basketball, midway rides and games, indoor and outdoor rock climbing

African Lion Safari Safari Road, RR #1

Mustang Drive-In RR #2, Guelph

Bingemans 425 Bingemans Centre Drive water park, speedway, beach volleyball, mini golf, canoe rental

Chicopee Ski Area 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter rock climbing, disc golf, beach volleyball, biking, rock climbing, high ropes course

Elora Gorge 7400 We llington County Rd, Elora tubing, camping, canoeing, fishing

Shade’s Mills 450 Avenue Rd, Cambridge cross-country skiing, canoeing, fishing, ice fishing


19 ACTIVITIES Dickson Bowl 61 Ainslie St S

Rollerama 1001 Langs Dr

iBowl 10 Park Hill Rd E.

Putt Hutt and Fun Center 600 Hespeler Rd

ENTERTAINMENT Cambridge Center for the Arts 45 Thorne St Galt Little Theatre 47 Water St S. 519 623 4070

Princess Cinema 6 Princess St, Waterloo SilverCity 135 Gateway Park Dr Galaxy Cinemas 355 Hespeler Rd

SHOPPING

Southworks Outlet Mall 64 Grand Ave the gem here is a massive antiques store on the upper level Cambridge Shopping Centre 355 Hespeler Rd typical mall with everything from Zellers to H&M Fairview Park Mall 2960 Kingsway Dr, Kitchener more store selection than the main shopping mall in Cambridge


THESE ARE

Use them. Studio is a shared space. Be courteous of others and use headphones when listening to music. Also, move to the student lounge when talking on the phone or using Skype.


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DO IT FOR ROME


22 DESK STRETCHES

While sketching, drafting or sitting at a computer for hours at a time, it’s important to loosen up every once in a while. Stretching keeps the blood flowing and prevents you from feeling sore. You don’t even need to go down to the fitness room to stretch your muscles - just use your chair.

CRUNCH THE ABS

TOUCH THE GROUND


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REACH FOR THE SKY

STRETCH ‘EM LEGS


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SCALE CONVERSION CHART

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5 Enter the percentage into the photocopier. Repeat if necessary.

4 If the percentage is below 25% or above 400%, use the coloured bars to find a series of percentages that will result in the required percentage.

3 Go across and down to find the required percentage.

2 On the top, find the desired scale.

1 On the left, find the current scale of your image.

Unfortunately the photocopier only accepts percentages between 25% and 400% so englarging or shrinking a drawing can become troublesome. Luckily, this chart does all the calculations so you can put your brain power to developing partis.

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Every Course Counts A well-rounded architect doesn’t just stick to the studio. They soak up as much of the world around them as they can. From required courses to interesting electives, the school offers a diverse curriculum, benefitting you as an architect and as a human being.


LOOK OUTSIDE

the realm of

ARCHITECTURE


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HOUSING

Off-Campus Housing www.och.uwaterloo.ca Architecture Housing Bulletin https://arcserv5.uwaterloo. ca/groups/archhousing/ Yahoo! e-Group http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/uw-sa/ Off-Campus Don http://ocd.uwaterloo.ca Other Students Upper-years and your classmates are your greatest resource - especially for places to live when on co-op

ORGANIZATIONS

+ HEALTH

Dr. Susan George 695 Coronation Blvd 519 623 2830 Identify yourself as an architecture student to book an appointment Sexual Health Clinic 150 Main St 519 740 5781 Offers STD testing Weber Medical Centre 1400 Weber St, Kitchener 519 748 6833 After-hours clinic University Health Services Main Campus 519 888 4096 Altima Cambridge Dental Clinic 68 King Street E., Preston 519 653 3181

Waterloo Architecture Student Association (http:architecture. uwaterloo.ca/people/wasa.html) is your student council here in Cambridge. Elections are held at the beginning of each term. The Federation of Students (http://feds.ca) represents the undergraduate community. They offer many services including off-campus dons and provide support for clubs. EngSoc (http://engsoc.uwaterloo.ca) supports all engineering students, academically and socially.


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ARCHITECTURE

OTHER DESIGN

Arch Daily archdaily.com BLDGBLOG bldgblog.blogspot.com Drawing Architecture drawingarchitecture. tumblr.com

Core77 core77.com Coudal Partners coudal.com Design Observer designobserver.com

Modeling Architecture modelingarchitecture. tumblr.com

Grain Edit grainedit.com Issuu issuu.com Typography for Lawyers typographyforlawyers.com

WATCH & LEARN TEDTalks ted.com

CreativeMornings vimeo.com/creativemornings

Pecha Kucha pecha-kucha.com


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