The Power of Place

The Power of Place

Place forms who we are. Our way of living in, and knowing, a place is a part of our culture and value. Time in Nova Scotia has imprinted a unique lived experience onto everyone who has touched this place.

Place makes you, and you make place. It may be a subtle and subconscious effect that lies within, but it is unavoidable. Pushed up against the sea, surviving on a rugged land, this place has formed our sensibilities and traditions. When we acknowledge these traits in our surroundings, when we “know a place backwards”, this is the connection and power of place.

Born of this Place

Born of this Place

There has been a shift towards a sameness in our daily lives, the impact of continued commoditization and easy global access.  Distinct regional features have become less prominent and modern objects tend to be celebrated – no matter their origins. This is the commoditization of place. In time, that which is distinctly Atlantic Canadian, our advantages, are slowly eroded.

We seek to get back to ourselves – to circle back to our roots. Queen’s Marque is an effort to create something that could not exist in any other region – something that is “Born of this Place”. Queen’s Marque embraces our distinct character and through built form. Queen’s Marque speaks our story. 

Old Values, Contemporary Ideas

Old Values, Contemporary Ideas

The idea for Queen’s Marque was shaped by stories from our past and the sense of opportunity we see in the future. Known as Queen’s Landing, the Queen’s Marque site was a hub of historically significant activity that helped define our City. From seaward guardians and emboldened entrepreneurs, to important scientific researchers, our District echoes the type of people we have been and hope to be. As known storytellers, Nova Scotians pass on history and fables through the generations. These narratives shape our values and beliefs and mould our character. Like the generations before us, we look to rise again, much like the words and works from famed Atlantic artists while remembering and honouring our past.

Not Because it’s Easy, Because it’s Worth it

Not Because it’s Easy, Because it’s Worth it

Nova Scotia is resilient, as are its inhabitants. Rough seas, rugged shorelines, and temperamental weather, it all requires a drive to keep going. It was hard work for our ancestors and, at times, it is hard work today. But this is what makes this place distinctive and meaningful. Giving us the sense that it always has been and always will be worth it. There is a quiet confidence in our future as we continue to reach out beyond the sea to what is possible.