St. John’s is undergoing rapid urban growth and development. As this development happens there is the risk of community members, non-profit associations and small businesses to feel helpless, like they don’t have a say in what happens to their city. On a daily basis we deal with the development process and feel like in most circumstances both parties, the public and developers, have good intentions. Many times it’s the way we communicate that is flawed. To help build community we will use what we know best, architecture, as a way to change how we communicate and support the growing design culture in St. John’s.

We are set to launch a project called the Wandering Pavilion in summer 2016. The Wandering Pavilion is a temporary structure composed of a kit of parts: floor, wall and roof. (Four pieces of each) The Pavilion “wanders” from neighbourhood to neighbourhood in St. John’s throughout the summer. Its function changes in each location. At a festival it may be a sound booth, in a park it may be a stage for a performance, at the farmer’s market it may be a vegetable stand.

The goal of the Wandering Pavilion is to empower these individuals, groups and organizations to use the architecture and urbanism to make their communities better. The pavilion brings people together to start a proactive and positive discussion about the built environment, public space and community. What does your neighborhood need, a vegetable stand? If so, what does that look like, where would it go? The Wandering Pavilion provides the physical building blocks to see what this would look like, it makes your ideas a reality for a brief period. This temporary installation serves as a catalyst to show people what their ideas look like and bring the people together who can actually make it happen.

This fall we are holding public consultation sessions on the following dates:

  • Focus on Downtown East – October 27th 7:00-9:00pm at the Lantern on Barnes Road
  • Focus on Food – November 2nd, 2:00-4:00pm at Mallard Cottage
  • Focus on Quidi Vidi – November 4th, 7:00-9:00pm at Quidi Vidi Plantation
  • Focus on Downtown West – November 10th, 7:00-9:00pm at Victoria Park Poolhouse
  • Focus on Art – November 12th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Eastern Edge Gallery

If you’d like to stay in the loop you can follow us on facebooktwitter or visit our website. We are still looking for people to inhabit the pavilion, volunteer or sponsor the project, if you want to get involved contact Emily.

What would the Wandering Pavilion be to you?

Pavilion Uses