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4th Community Open House on October 26th

On Wednesday, October 26th 2011 a 4th Open House was held with an engaged group of 70 arts, heritage and community members in attendance. The presentation comes four months since the June Open House and conveys the evolution and refinement of the site plan since that time while anticipating an assurance of community support for the transformation of the King Edward School site before finalization of the purchase agreement.

The presentation to the community includes: an overview of the project’s objectives, the site plan last proposed in June; a revised site plan that meets the projected parking requirements through surface provisions and comparison with previous plan; and a preferred site plan proposal that delivers more artist housing and complete the streetscape by engaging alternative opportunities for parking and transportation. This may include partnerships, relaxations, permitting, curating of tenants and promotion of alternative transportation choices that require further study. 

As presented, the site renderings suggests the intent of the development – conveying images that distinguish the different residential types in terms of proposed massing, heights and footprint. Appropriate density for the site will require further study in the way of traffic assessments and design development for the proposed buildings. Subsequent public consultation will occur when the project is determined feasible.

4th Community Open House Presentation (VIDEO)

4th Community Open House Presentation (PDF) 

4th Community Open House Panels (PDF)

4th Community Open House Virtual Masterplan Flythrough (VIDEO)

4th Community Open House Community Feedback (PDF) 

 

4th Community Open House Panels

The Community Open House panels include site plan renderings that suggest the intent of the development – conveying images that distinguish the different residential types in terms of proposed massing, heights and footprint. Appropriate density for the site will require further study in the way of traffic assessments and design development for the proposed buildings. Subsequent public consultation will occur when the project is determined feasible.

Community Open House Presentation #4 - October 26 2011

Community Open House Presentation #4 includes: an overview of the project’s objectives, the site plan last proposed in June; a revised site plan that meets the projected parking requirements through surface provisions and comparison with previous plan; and a preferred site plan proposal that delivers more artist housing and complete the streetscape by engaging alternative opportunities for parking and transportation. This may include partnerships, relaxations, permitting, curating of tenants and promotion of alternative transportation choices that require further study. 

Space Market Survey

For Calgary to be a culturally vibrant city, leading edge artistic practice, innovative social missions and creative entrepreneurship need sustainable, appropriate and compelling spaces to propel our city forward. 

From October to November 2010, Calgary Arts Development conducted a detailed space market analysis that included 151 individual artists and representatives from 60 organizations who completed the survey. The specific objectives of the online survey were to:

• Understand the current dynamics around spaces that support the work of artists and small- to medium-sized non-profit organizations,

• Gather basic information from artists about their current living and working situation,

• Gather basic information on the operations of organizations that use or require space,

• Assess the depth of the market demand for a new multitenant facility focused on arts incubation,

• Identify specific design elements and building features that artists and organizations prefer or require, and

• Assess the affordability thresholds of artists and organizations in terms of their ability to pay for space.

This research provides a grounding for creative infrastructure development with the space and preferences that Non-Profit Organizations and artists require to fulfill their mandates.

 

Laneway Housing and the Community Commons

The master planning work for King Edward School prompted the investigation of precedents for housing and vehicular strategies from around the world. Housing typologies included the increasing interest in laneway opportunitiesthat improve the liveability of our cities. While diversified approaches to street design are being considered to address mutliple users and focus on an increasing awareness of pedestrians and alternative transportation needs. The King Edward School project is commited to enhancing the 'common' value of the site and these precedents provide strategies to inform this direction.

Constraints and Opportunities

Calgary Arts Development and The Calgary Foundation formed two advisory committees to assist in the due diligence process prior to finalizing the purchase of King Edward School. The Technical Advisory Committee was primarily responsible to provide expert advice on building science matters and the Community Advisory Committee for incubator visioning, community, and tenancy. For the work of master planning the site, the two advisory committees were merged to investigate the building, site and broader contextual considerations through a series of workshops. The attached presentation and diagram illustrates the results as graphic representation from these sessions. 

Project Vision and Process

Calgary Arts Development (CADA) and The Calgary Foundation's (TCF) presentation for the proposed revitalization of King Edward School includes: the project drivers, workplan, commitment to community engagement as a key component of a due diligence process, the arts incubator vision and key design concepts of the creative, learning and community 'commons' (as described in the May 20th blog post: Over 100 Attend 2nd Community Open House).

 

3rd Community Open House on June 15th Beats the Odds

On another rainy evening in Calgary, chock-a-block full of design charrettes, award presentations, and hockey finals - our 3rd Community Open House beat the odds and saw nearly 90 in attendance despite the competition! Following a similar structure to our previous open house, local residents and artists spent time investigating the information presented on display boards at the South Calgary Reform Church before a formal presentation, informal discussion, and a question and answer period.

3rd Community Open House Presentation (VIDEO)

3rd Community Open House Presentation (PDF)

3rd Community Open House Panels (PDF)

3rd Community Open House Community Feedback (PDF) 

Presented first by The Calgary Foundation (TCF) and Calgary Arts Development (CADA) were the project drivers and community impact proposed with the revitalization of King Edward School, our commitment to community engagement as a key component of our due diligence process, and a realization of the vision through the concept of the creative, learning and community 'commons' (as described in the May 20th blog post: Over 100 Attend 2nd Community Open House).

Over 100 attend 2nd Community Open House

A great showing of support and ideas emerged from residents, artists and interested Calgarians from across the city at our 2nd Community Open House!

Download 2nd Community Open House Presentation

2nd Community Open House Panels

2nd Open House Community Feedback

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After the crowd had a chance to browse our project displays, we introduced some of our emerging ideas on what's driving the vision of the project. As a fundamental inspiration for our thinking, our team has been struck by the concept of a 'commons' or gathering place where ideas are constantly shared and exchanged.  With this in mind, the adaptive reuse of the King Edward School is focused on delivering three aspects of this overarching idea:




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