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.
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).
Our design consultants PNCA followed with a presentation articulating the design process and decisions made with the community and advisory committee thus far. A master plan scenario that includes the school within its broader context illustrates how specific site observations, project drivers, and design concepts continue to evolve but remain integrated in the project. Key to this discussion, were how the ‘commons’ could be a strategy to inform the site planning by maximizing an enhanced public realm, integrate parking, and provide a foundation to discuss suitable housing typologies and density that respond to the existing context.
In total the evening was filled will spirited dialogue amongst our team, local residents and representation from the South Calgary Community Association. We had plenty of insightful feedback regarding parking, density and public space from the community and how the dynamic between these components will determine the vitality and character of the project. We will continue to refine our design concepts in the months ahead based on these observations and will continue to pursue the best possible realization of our vision.
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