June 16, 2011
The second of our 2011 events, Designing Downtown Pecha Kucha Night 10, featured speakers from Edmonton and Vancouver at the Aviation Museum in north Edmonton.
Michael Strong, Urban Planner
Shafraaz Kaba, Architect
Tom Sutherland, Architect, FRAIC, Principal of DIALOG
Myron Belej, Urban Planner
Ron Gilbertson, President & CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Chelsea Boos, Designer
Mike Weinmaster, Botanical Artist
Ian O’Donnell, Strategic Coordinator and Downtown Community Guy
Doug Carlyle, Landscape Architect and Principal of Carlyle + Associates
Tai Ziola & Craig Dorward, Intern Architects
Mack Male, Edmonton Blogger
Todd Babiak, Writer, Hustler
The two events sparked D.I.Y. downtown initiatives and urban interventions like Mack Male’s “I Heart yegdt” campaign, Todd Babiak’s The WALL campaign to turn grey walls into art, and Chelsea Boo’s art interventions in the core. Vancouver-based Urbanist and Architecture Critic Trevor Boddy heralded Between Two Cities for helping to create “a culture of architecture in Edmonton” and referred to it and MADE’s work for years as Edmonton’s missing “school of architecture.”
What made Designing Downtown particularly unique was its experimental nature in creating spaces for exchange between cities, rich dialogue, and focus on action.
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.