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

Pecha Kucha 10 Poster Build by Graphos.

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.

Thank yous

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.