I'm sure it's just coincidence, but the timing couldn't be better for the city to learn Market Square received a certificate of merit from the National Urban Design Awards.
Awards will be presented during the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Festival of Architecture in Winnipeg from May 28 to 31.
Guelph is one of 12 cities to receive a National Urban Design Award, according to a press release from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
The awards are a joint venture between the architectural institute, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Categories include civic design project, community initiatives, student projects, urban architecture, urban design plan, urban fragments, sustainable development, and small or medium community urban design.
Guelph’s award of merit was in the civic design category.
In February the pavilion at Market Square earned an award of merit from Canadian Architect magazine.
So we'll have plenty to boast about as Guelph is hosting a two-day Urban Design Summit at the River Run Centre May 5 and 6. The summit will broach the broad topics of the interplay between a connected community and designing innovative public spaces.
No doubt the success of Market Square will inform the redesign of St. George's Square. And there's no doubt Market Square has been a great success. So kudos to the designers who worked on the project and city staff, who helped pave the way.