Nov
8
to Dec 4

Monday December 4th

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Let's talk about...connectivity

Join a discussion on development that serves transit. What’s key to making a neighbourhood feel connected? We’ll explore the design considerations that simplify everyday errands and create nice places to gather. 

What makes integrating different businesses, activities and mobility options hard to do? Can transit-oriented development* become a destination? What’s design’s role in all of this? TOD, let's talk.

*TOD is also known as "Transit-oriented development" ...in some circles.

 

When: Monday December 4 - Doors Open: 6pm (Meet your transit option at 5:30pm)

** Please note that there will not be tickets available at the door. Thanks for your interest in this event!

 

Hear from: 

Alison Karim-McSwiney / Executive Director, International Ave BRZ

Antonio Gómez-Palacio / Founding Partner, DIALOG

Fabiola MacIntyre / The City of Calgary

Josh White / Dream Development

moderated by: Todd Hirsch / Chief Economist, ATB Financial

 

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Special to this event, jump on the bus! 

Courtesy of The City of Calgary, complimentary public transportation has been arranged for you. Catch the bus in front of City Hall and across from Olympic Plaza (800 Macleod Tr SE). Look for a bus marked "d.talks" and simply show your event ticket when you board the bus.

Bus departs at 5:30 pm

After the event: Bus departs from the event (739 20 Ave NW): 9:05pm returning you to City Hall. Please check the eventbrite site for departure location and details. 

Advance tickets are: $12 adult, $6 students.  There will not be tickets available at the door. Find tickets at "tickets" button above or at this link

Thanks to the support of: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, The City of Calgary, the RAIC Alberta Chapter, and Urban Systems! 

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Borders Placeholder
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Borders Placeholder

Join d.talks, in collaboration with Esker Foundation, for an unconventional book club called PLACEHOLDER. Bring your own book, poem, or object that you feel best articulates the theme Borders. 

In the act of negotiating culture and place, we all participate in the establishment of borders. They can be physical and imposing, social and intangible, even philosophical and subconscious. Borders surround, unite, divide, and create new rules for the way we interact with our world, shifting over time with the changes in perception, values, and environment. What is your interpretation of Border?

REGISTER HERE.

Have a "border" definition?  You’re invited to contribute to our open forum FOLD. Send your definition to #dtalkswhatis for editorial consideration or contact us here.

We look forward to having your voice at the conversation. 

What is Border?

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May
14
to Jun 6

Critical Writing Workshop

 

Workshop: June 3-5
Submission deadline: April 7

Thanks to each of you submitting an application. Participants will be announced May 5.

We're seeking participants to join a weekend-long critical writing workshop. Over the course of three days, the workshop will expand ideas of criticism and explore the new definitions of what makes critical writing accessible. We will break from traditional “review” or “critique” structures and look at new models. For example, can a critical perspective fit into 140 characters? Through observational and experiential exercises, this workshop will help participants reframe the production of critical writing and draw on alternative media digital tools, and performance techniques.

Participants will read texts, do fieldwork, research, and writing with constraint exercises as we look at new ways to produce critical writing and develop a collective criticism.

The workshop will take place June 3-5. Participants will be selected by a jury and notified of acceptance into the workshop by May 5. There is no charge for the workshop.

 

About the workshop leader:
Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. Her work is situated at the intersection architecture and media cultures. She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She is a regular opinion columnist for Dezeen and former West Coast Editor of The Architects Newspaper. Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture. Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses, Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, and Tiny Houses in the City. In 1997, Zeiger founded loud paper, an influential zine and digital publication dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse.

About the jury:
Donna Brunsdale is an artist and filmmaker. She recently co-produced and co-directed the documentary, Flexie! All The Same And All Different, a film about the landscape paintings of Levine Flexhaug. Her films have been exhibited and screened in galleries and festivals across Canada and abroad. She has taught art and film at several post-secondary institutions. She lives in Calgary and is a founding member of Calgary Cinematheque.

Käthe Lemon is the Editor in Chief of Avenue, a monthly city lifestyle magazine in Calgary. A magazine editor for more than 15 years, she has been with Avenue since 2006 and was named Editor of the Year by the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association in 2011. She is a founding member of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, a registered charity that provides scholarships and awards for student writing programs. She has been a board member of a number of non-profits including the Rotary Park Lawn Bowls Club and the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, and she is an advisory committee member to Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation.

Vera Parlac is an architect and educator focusing on integrative approach to design and practice. She is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, USA, and an assistant professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Vera is one of the cofounders of the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID), a design research laboratory where design is engaged as a broadly integrative endeavor by fluidly navigating across different disciplinary territories. Prior to her appointment in Calgary, she taught at Temple University in Philadelphia and in Hong Kong. Vera has worked in architectural firms in Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles, including Carlos Zapata Design Studio and Kieran Timberlake Associates.

This workshop is supported in part by a CADA Small Experiments grant.  Submission of interest deadline: Friday, April 7 4:00pm MST.

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May
13
to Jun 5

Let's talk about...point of view

Join us for a discussion on the role of critical thought in today’s media landscape. In pragmatic times, what nuanced perspectives are overlooked? What can evidence and argument offer in evaluating the way we view our built landscape? What questions should we be asking to inform our points of view?

Hear
Mimi Zeiger
Alex Link
Natasha Chaykowski
Tom Babin
Moderated by: Philip Vandermey

Monday
June 5, 2017
Theatre Junction Grand
608 - 1st Street SW
Calgary

6:30 program
Doors open 6pm

In association with: Theatre Junction Grand
Supported in part by: Alberta Culture and Tourism
Writing workshop supported by: Calgary Arts Development Small Experiments Program

Please note: we’ll be launching an initiative to continue the conversation at this event. Join us to celebrate the culmination of this new project.

 

 

 

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Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

PLACEHOLDER: Earthlings

It's your turn to talk.

Join d.talks, in collaboration with Esker Foundation, for an evening discussion that responds to the exhibition, Earthlings, and draws upon the ceramic influences from Rankin Inlet, Cape Dorset, and Medalta in Medicine Hat. Structured as an unconventional book club, PLACEHOLDER is an intimate discussion and an opportunity for Calgarians to identify how our city and citizens affect – and are impacted by – local and global themes borne out of the work of Esker’s current exhibiting artists. Receive a list of selected texts or bring your own book, poem, or object. Let's form a new narrative in Calgary together!

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Nov
9
6:45 PM18:45

Let's talk about... intention

Join us in a discussion exploring how intentions inform the way in which our Cities are designed and experienced. We’ll talk about the design of public space and the resulting narrative and movement throughout the city. Can the echo of intent reverberate louder with each interpretation?

HEAR:
Larissa Fassler, artist
Jimenez Lai, architect
Doug Carlyle, landscape architect
Moderated by: Jan Kroman

advance tickets: $12 adult, $5 students
tickets at the door (based on availability) $15


Focused on the symbiotic relationships between people and places, Larissa Fassler’s artistic practice reflects her interest in the architecture of cities and the way in which places affect people, psychologically and physically, and in turn how people’s perception, understanding and use of place is physically manifest in the built environment that surrounds them. Larissa Fassler: Civic. Centre. is on view at Esker Foundation through December 18th.

Jimenez Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. BUREAU SPECTACULAR is an operation of architectural affairs founded by Lai. It imagines other worlds and engages the design of architecture through telling stories.

Doug Carlyle is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and a Principal at DIALOG.

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Let's talk about...proximity

image courtesy of Good Company

image courtesy of Good Company

Join us for a discussion on multi-unit housing to explore the ingredients of dense communities. From public space and private amenity to inclusiveness and diversity…we’ll pair qualitative desire with the role of design to learn what works when living in close proximity. Rather than dollars per square foot, can space be measured in handshakes per square foot?

Hear:
Mary Axworthy / Urban Planning Consultant
Kevin Harrison / Sturgess Architecture
Johanna Hurme / 5468796 Architecture
Moderated by: Dustin Couzens / MoDA Architecture

Monday September 26th
Doors open at 6pm, Program begins at 6:30pm
St Louis Hotel
430 - 8th Ave SE

Advance Tickets: $12 adult, $5 student
Tickets at the door, based on availability are $15

Transit: LRT City Hall Station, a few block walk

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Jul
21
to Aug 6

ICONOMY: The economy of our local iconic fabric

//STRIDE MAIN SPACE
1006 MACLEOD TRAIL SE

//EXHIBITION
JULY 21 - AUGUST 6, 2016

//EXHIBITION RECEPTION
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 @ 8PM



ICONOMY ///
The economy of our local iconic fabric.

This exhibition expands upon initial ideas developed in two earlier d.talks discussions on heritage architecture. Seeking to highlight the intangible economic benefits of the Brutalist Education Centre Building and the Modernist Lacey Court Building, the two ICONOMY events posed an architectural prompt: What to do with the existing building while addressing pressures for growth? How do we negotiate the challenge of “densification” into “possibility”?

Six architect and design firms responded to that prompt, exploring the two buildings' possibilities for new future. This exhibition presents the diverse approaches to adaptive re-use. From light touch to mild intervention to dramatic alteration, each practice unveils architectural exploration and the complexity of decisions one must confront when deciding the significance of the existing.

Architects and Designers:

bioi. is a multi-faceted design and build practice founded in 2011 by Jordan Allen and Ryan Trefz emerging from an industry-wide lack of care, craft and innovation. (bioi.co)

FAAS is a studio of designers, builders and placemakers and co-founded by James Andalis and Michael Farrar in 2011. (faasarch.com)

MoDA (Modern office of Design and Architecture) is a critical Architectural and Interior Design studio founded by principals Dustin Couzens and Ben Klumper in 2013. (moda-architecture.ca)

Nyhoff Architecture, established in 2009 by Kevin and Mairi Nyhoff, is a design focused office with a range of adaptive reuse, arts and community based projects. (nyhoff.ca)

Founded in 2013, SPECTACLE is an internationally oriented office working across the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and object design, which seeks opportunities to critically examine and influence our cities. (spectacle-bureau.com)

Studio North is a design+build practice founded in 2013 by Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson, connecting design with building and craft. (studionorth.ca)

 

Stride is open to the public from 11 AM - 5 PM,
Tuesday – Saturday.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
www.stride.ab.ca
/Exhibition reception is open to members and invited guests.

 

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Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

PLACEHOLDER: Translation

Join d.talks, in collaboration with Esker Foundation, in an exciting new pilot program called PLACEHOLDER. This is an unconventional book club where we present the theme of the night and you bring your own book, poem, or object that you feel best articulates the theme. Attendees are encouraged to share their interpretation of the theme to develop the conversation.

 

EVENT DETAILS

PLACEHOLDER
Friday June 17,  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Esker Foundation 1011 9 Ave SE #444, Calgary AB
Reservation REQUIRED

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is an opportunity for Calgarians to critically discuss and identify how our city and citizens affect and are impacted by local and global themes born out in the work of Esker's current exhibiting artists. Let's form a new narrative in Calgary together!

Visit Esker Foundation to see Wafaa Bilal:168:01, Etienne Zack, and Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens.
 
PLACEHOLDER theme: Translation
Translation: noun trans·la·tion \tran(t)s-ˈlā-shən, tranz-\ : “The communication of the meaning of source-language text by means of equivalent target-language text.”

In its essence, translation is the act of meta-phrasing, a “word for word translation” which is an imperfect concept, the given word in a given language often carries more than one meaning; conversely, a given meaning in a given language may be represented by more than one word. Although translating is often associated within the realm of language, more elemental to the idea of translating is the idea of sharing will/thoughts from one person to another. This thought, through one’s intent can also be translated into objects via design and craft or represented in pictures, paintings or sculptures or be embedded in our spatial environment.

Objects are an extension of language. Let’s explore this imperfect practice of how we bring ideas across in our culture through its various manifestations including, but not limited to, the built form.

Free event. Reservation required.
 

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some links:

Placeholder link: http://eskerfoundation.com/program/current/
 

RSVP link: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/placeholder-its-your-turn-to-talk-with-dtalks-registration-25182536645
 

Esker current exhibition link: http://eskerfoundation.com/exhibition/current/

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May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Let's talk about neighbourhoods

We think it’s time to explore the design of the suburb with more depth. From urban design to shelter we hope to identify positive design features as well as the aspects that could be renewed. What is the role of transit, infrastructure and shared space in the future suburb?

 

HEAR

SUSANNE SCHINDLER // Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University, JUNE WILLIAMSON // City College of New York / CUNY, JAMAL RAMJOHN // The City of Calgary, JYOTI GONDEK // Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies, University of Calgary, GRACE LUI // Brookfield Residential, moderator: JIM BROWN // CBC

 

WHEN

Wednesday May 18th  // 6:00 PM doors open - 6:30 PM program begins

 

WHERE

The Glenbow Museum - Main Level // 130 - 9th Ave SE Calgary

 

SUPPORT FROM

Canada Council for the Arts
Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Active Neighbourhoods Calgary

 

 

designed courtesy of: Platform Design
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May
7
5:00 PM17:00

TALK THE WALK

A discussion on Jane's Walks and Urban Design in Calgary

INFO

Saturday May 7th//5:00 - 7:00pm//Theatre Junction Grand//608 First Street SW, Calgary

 

HEAR

Joyce Tang//Jason Markusoff//Celia Lee//Adam Johnson//Julie Black

 

EVENT IS FULL! - Thank you for your support!


Of note (but not included) is the show Cities. (link: http://www.theatrejunction.com/portfolio/cities-2/)

 

Powered by: d.talks, Theatre Junction and The Calgary Foundation

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Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Let's Talk About Craft Culture

How is placemaking shaped by a tradition of craft? From Medicine Hat's Medalta factory, thriving on the rich resources of clay and natural gas in the 1900s, to bespoke, digital means and mass customization, 'craft' defies narrow definition. And yet the ability to think with one's hands is pervasive in our connection to local culture and our natural environment. What traditional ways of making and construction are important to our city? And what economic possibilities does craft and making afford?

HEAR

Aaron Nelson / Medalta  | Ian MacGregor/ Museum of MakingStudio Collective |Jennifer Dobbin/ The Dobbin Group Maddy Purves-Smith/ Custom Woolen mills

Date

Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Start: 6:30 PM

Location

Location is finally here! 

JOHN DUTTON THEATRE

DOWNTOWNLIBRARY

616 MACLEOD TRAIL SE

2ND FLOOR

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Building Iconomy
Nov
25
6:00 PM18:00

Building Iconomy

Building Iconomy

Possibilities for a West Coast Modern Building 

Is there west coast modern on the prairies?

Join us for a discussion on the blurring of indoors and outdoors, open plans and glass as we explore the modernist style that emerged in the mid 20th century. Focused on a building known as the Lacey Court, we'll hear about the history behind J.Stevenson & Associates and what Calgary was like in the 1950s. We'll also explore the possibilities for an adaptive reuse of the Lacey Court building from three perspectives, a conversation on the complex challenges to adaptive reuse while accommodating pressures to growth.

Hear:

Alex Bozikovic | The Globe & Mail

Dale Taylor | FRAIC

Fred Valentine | RCA, FRAIC

Bioi

FAAS Architecture Office

Studio North

Support by: Urban Systems, DIRTT, Western Living, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation

Event Details

Location: Freemason's Hall | 330 12th Ave SW Calgary

Time: Doors open 6:00 PM

Tickets $12 Adult | $5 Student


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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Let's Talk About Home

Let's talk about...home


Many cities find affordability key to retaining economic diversity. And yet affordable housing can seem in short supply.

If fundamental in need, is housing public infrastructure? What are the metrics that create a diverse, successful and vibrant neighbourhood?

We'll cover the state of housing in Calgary and explore the role of design and policy in shaping the future of how we live.

Panelists

Joe Starkman / Knightsbridge Homes

Sarah Arthurs / Prairie Sky Cohousing

Councillor André Chabot / Ward 10

Moderated by: Kim O'Brien / Horizon Housing

Event Details

Thursday October 8th

ACAD - Stanford Perrott Theatre

1407 - 14th Ave NW (map)

Doors open at 6pm

Advance tickets: $12 - adult / $5 - student

(Tickets are $15 at the door and based upon availability)

Get Tickets

PDF Invitation

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Let's Talk About Community

 

 

Join our next d.talks discussion as we explore the relationship between community and place.

Event is a double feature this time with a supper in between.

 

1. Panel Discussion 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Listen to: Richard Kroeker, Yvonne Mullock, Peter von Tiesenhausen

Moderated by: Kate Thompson

2. In-between supper - Family Style Supper for an extra $20.

Tickets to the supper are limited and on a first come basis. 

Food from: NOtable, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, Sidewalk Citizen, EthniCity Catering and Boxwood. All family style service (pass the bowl please!).

3. Film Screening 8:45 - 10 PM

Watch Strange & Familar, a film by Todd Saunders. Followed by a Q&A from Todd Saunders himself. 

The details:

The Royal Canadian Legion No. 1

116 - 7th Ave SE Calgary

Tickets to the panel, screening or both: $12 adults/$5 students

Poster here

Supported by: DIRTT, The Victoria Park BRZ, The Jonathan Hart Memorial Fund, The Ward Communities Event Fund, NOtaBLE & Western Living.

 

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May
7
to Jul 28

Lost Spaces 2015 Exhibitions

The Lost Spaces Found exhibition features the winning entries from the Lost Spaces 2015 Ideas Competition calling for ideas to re-imagine lost spaces in Calgary.

The competition was produced and hosted by d.talks and supported by The City of Calgary's Utilities and Environmental Protection department and Public Art Program, in addition to the departments of Parks, Transportation and Planning. The idea for the competition evolved from a collaboration with Watershed+, a cornerstone of the UEP Public Art Program, based on some work as part of a laboratory on rainwater gardens and exploring the benefits of working across disciplines.

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Exhibition Details

May 7-23, 2015

Lost Spaces Found

@ Contemporary Calgary / C2

Suite 104, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

Free and open to the public,  Thurs - Sun 12 - 6pm

Additional Details

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Following Exhibition

@ Centre Street LRT Platform

May 25 - July 28, 2015

Free and open to the public, all hours

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May
1
to May 28

Lost Spaces 2015 Ideas Competition Winners

The winners are...

First Prize: Lost Railways by Laboratoria de arquitectura y paisaje (Edjar Mazo, Sebastian Mejia, Iojann Restrepo, Glenn Pouliquen

Transportation Field Prize: Occult Prairie by Judit Urgelles, Casey Collins

Water Services Field Prize: Calgary Dehydrants by Kyle O'Connor

Parks Field Prize: Pollen-nation by Jamal Nureddin, Nadja Pausch

Public Art Field Prize: UnderSky by Jorge Sanfulgencio

Planning Field Prize: Clover Leaf by David Whittman, Mike Murray, Hannah Perry, Jonathan Seagi, Katelyn Junkin and Dave Robertson.

Honorable Mention: Get Lost in the Street by Felicia Sartika, Juanita Christine and Shirleen Alvita; Greeting Cards by Federico Perugini; Seepers by Jitka Svensson, Christel Lindgren and Mike Friesen; Outplay by Mihail Dimitrov, Ana Dyadkova, Stamena Slavova, Stoyko Enchev and Simona Kabadova; Playful City by Emily Cheng and Jennifer Davis; Lineside Park by Yves Poitras and Trevor Steckley.

Thank you to each of those submitting an idea. There was an incredible amount of thoughtful work evident in many of the submissions. Congratulations to each of the winners. We'll be exhibiting these entries at the Contemporary Calgary / C2 at suite 104, 800 Macleod Trail SE in Calgary from May 7-23rd. The exhibition will be free and open to the public. Th-Sun 12-6pm.

 

 

 

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Lost Spaces Found
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

Lost Spaces Found

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Thank you!

To the many dedicated designers, artists, engineers, planners, and  civic-minded individuals who submitted an entry into the Lost Spaces 2015 Ideas Competition, thank you! Due to the incredible amount of thought you've put into your idea proposal, the jury will have a difficult job ahead in the next few weeks. We appreciate the time and consideration you have put forward. The outcome will certainly benefit from your effort.

We would like to invite you to attend our Awards Night and Exhibition. And if you are too far away to make it to the event, we thank you for shining a light on Calgary.

Lost Spaces Found Awards Night (Invitation PDF)

Wednesday, April 29th 6:30 - 9pm

The Globe Cinema

617 - 8th Ave SW Calgary

Tickets: http://lostspacesfound.eventbrite.ca

$12 adult, $5 student

 

Lost Spaces Found Exhibition 

May 7th - 23rd

C2 Gallery at City Hall

Suite 104, 800 Macleod Trail SE

Thurs - Sun 12pm - 6pm

(free and open to the public)

 

Thank you from all of us at d.talks!

 

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