Congratulations to Enoch Liu, recipient of the Outstanding Design Work in 2B (Arch 293) Award.
Settled on an overlooked interstice of Cambridge, Ontario, Project POWER is a holistic community center, reconnecting locals and visitors to the river that defines this town. Building off an abandoned hydroelectric project, this design reinvigorates the industrial personality of the city, producing surges of electricity that can power 575 homes in the neighbourhood. Additionally, this intervention offers an edible garden, a canoe portage, and a fishing pond, tying together the activities defining the riparian zone and the city. At the center of these elements lies an educational center: a glowing hub that contextualizes the history of the river, its present forces at play, and its potential to catalyze local and sustainable living.