April 6, 2011
Designing Downtown is a broader movement – without geographic boundaries – to transform downtowns. But it started as a volunteer-driven multi-event series that took place in Spring/Summer 2011. The first event, “Designing Downtown: Between Two Cities”, was held at the Art Gallery of Alberta on April 6, 2011. Over two hundred Edmontonians gathered. We very apologetically turned 60 unexpected people away, which demonstrated high demand for cities building conversation.
The panel consisted of Vancouverites Trevor Boddy (Architecture Critic/Curator and Urbanist) and Mattew Soules (Architect/Professor), and Edmontonians Gene Dub (Architect) and Shafraaz Kaba (Architect). The evening was hosted and moderated by local journalists Ryan Jespersen and Todd Babiak.
Special thanks to MADE volunteers and co-chairs Nadir Bellahmer and Mike Rivest, and to Edmonton’s NextGen volunteers, especially Jordan Elias, and co-chairs Brian Murray and Ryan Stark. High five to Graphos for the outstanding posters, which garnered international recognition.