June & September 2013

Founded by Designer, Intern Architect, and MADE member Chris vander Hoek, Makescape was a two-part urban intervention held to activate an underutilized space in the city centre. Makescape1 took place in June 2013 and in September 2013 in Centennial Plaza, behind Stanley A. Milner Library. The June intervention was a grassroots reaction to a downtown-focused conference that was $850 to attend. It was an opportunity to create public dialogue and participation in making dead space come alive. Mark Sterling, an award-winning Toronto architect and urban designer, as well as Carol Belanger, Edmonton’s City Architect, participated in a discussion concerning public design



The first intervention went so well that it was done again on a bigger scale in September as part of the Designing Downtown Pecha Kucha Night 17. Makescape2 intervention included screens to live stream the pecha kucha for free outside, food trucks, design and art installations, grass pallets, performances, bench conversations with municipal elections candidates about downtown, music and dancing, snow art installations, and fire pits. 

The people who made Makescape happen

Partners: Pixel Blue Digital College, Edmonton Public Library, the Edmonton Wayfinding project, Areaworks, MediaCo, Balancing Spaces, cmvhdesign and think easy connection, who all brought elements contributing the experience of the space. A special thanks to Progress Unlimited for support, as well as others who helped us along the way: the Paint Spot, Downtown Community League, and OMM photography. Many thanks to everyone who helped out, and thanks also to our makescape2 food trucks, Fat Franks, La Poutine and Lemongrass Grill.