Author: Jessica Babe

WAMPUM: 24 Sussex Drive Rehabilitation Design Proposal

Studio: ARCC 3302 – Conservation Studio 2

Professor: Lyette Fortin

Year: Winter 2020

Project Description

This project focuses on the application of heritage conservation approaches and sustainability concepts in the design of an addition to and rehabilitation of the property at 24 Sussex Drive.  This site is located on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation and has an extremely rich history of past ceremonial, commercial and diplomatic events.  This design attempts to further the evolutionary narrative of the site through the conservation of tangible and intangible values.

The vision for this project is to create a space for coexistence.  The notion of coexistence is a common thread in the use of the Wampum belt throughout history and in the context of 24 Sussex drive, it can be used to inform various site relationships. 

With the recognition of each layer of history, this project highlights some of the unique human interactions between the countless groups of people who have occupied this site over time.  Ultimately, this design aims to promote shared values of coexistence and reconciliation between groups of people, and in particular with indigenous peoples across Canada.

Furthermore, this project is an opportunity to create an example for future works of heritage conservation and sustainability and to inspire more holistic approaches to architecture.