CIGI and New CIGI Campus Open House with "Doors Open Waterloo Region"

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 10:00 AM
CIGI, 57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Canada
Sep 17


A FREE heritage and architecture TOUR!


57 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Architect: Barton Myers Associates; Year Built: 1878; 1984 addition
From grains to brains! The Seagram distillery, established here in the 1800s, closed in 1992. This building, built as a barrel warehouse, later served as a museum, and was awarded the Governor General's Medal in Architecture. It is now home to the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a global think-tank founded by RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie.

67 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Architect: KPMB (Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects); Year Built: 2011Enjoy this preview of Waterloo's newest building. Designed to house several research and academic institutions focused on global issues, including the Balsillie School of International Affairs, this Oxbridge-style complex features a landscaped interior courtyard with public art, a signature bell tower and a wood-clad, 250-seat auditorium for academic and public events.

Tour Highlights:

Historical Figures/Period Actors
"Visualizing Governance History"
Location: CIGI Campus Courtyard
Description: Period actors will portray important historical moments in international governance. From King John of England and the signing of the Magna Carta to a UN Peacekeeper and the signing of the Charter of the United Nations, four actors will be found within the CIGI Campus courtyard, "frozen" as it living statues.

"Short Film – The CIGI Story"
Location: CIGI Campus Auditorium
Description: Enjoy three short videos at the CIGI Campus, explaining the think tank's mission, the campus design and the inspired public art installation.

"Songs for Reflection"
Location: CIGI Campus canopy- Main Doors off Erb Street
Description: Enjoy the contemporary and classical sounds of local guitarist Lawrence Cresswell, as he performs his soft instrumental acoustic music.

Arts and Crafts
"Hands Across the World"
Location: CIGI atrium
Description: Children are invited to leave their mark on CIGI's 10th Anniversary, by placing their handprints and signature on a giant global mural that will hang in CIGI through Grand Opening celebrations.

"Strings and Things"
Location: CIGI atrium- 2nd floor platform
Description: See what fun yarn, string and recycled materials can be as children create a "String Den" by suspending their own creation in air and working their way through this creative maze of materials.

"Water Painting"
Location: CIGI Campus sidewalks
Description: With large paint brushes and water in hand, children can "paint" bronze bells on the sidewalks beneath the new CIGI Campus bell tower – the City of Waterloo's newest skyline addition and a signature feature of the new CIGI Campus. 

For updated listings of participating sites, special events and local maps, visit: on Facebook at Doors Open Waterloo Region.
Telephone: 519-747-5139
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Pick up a map and guide at libraries, museums and tourism offices across Waterloo Region from July-September, or in the Waterloo Region Record on Saturday, September 10.