3:30 PM15:30

Write On session

First Impressions and Listening

Join d.talks for a special critical thought session that begins with an essential ingredient: listening. What do we assume? How does age, practice, race and culture influence the interpretation and translation of what we hear? This is an experimental exploration that allows us to step into another set of shoes.

Curated by: Jared Tailfeathers

Artists: Alyssa Low Horn-DuckChief, Garrett Cooper, Iman Bukhari

This program is for Write On participants as well as open to the public. An RSVP is essential, please.

Write On is a critical writing workshop series aimed at building connections and advancing an individual writing practice. Produced by d.talks, it is supported by the Rozsa Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts. Thanks also to the Calgary Public Library.

The First Impressions session is open to the public as well as workshop participants. Get your feet wet and join us in discovery, questions, and sharing.

Jared Tailfeathers is a performance and interactive installation artist of Blackfoot heritage. A musician and musical instrument maker, his practice blends multi-media, narrative and conceptual design. He is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Placemaking Project at the Calgary Public Library, a project that involved coordinating a collaborative work of art by six Indigenous artists connected to Treaty 7 territory that is featured in the New Central Library. He curated AlterNATIVE: Balance produced by EMMEDIA featuring artists finding a position of balance between tradition and contemporary practice. He is a member of the Indigenous Performance Arts Alliance.

This session will be documented for archival purposes. Please advise us if you prefer not to be included in the documentation. Thank you.

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6:30 PM18:30

Member's Tour

Attend a private tour with the curator to see Among All These Tundras at the Esker Foundation. The exhibtion features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. RSVP to attend.

Not yet a d.talks member? We can fix that here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Movement: Opening Reception


What does it mean to have a human connection to a place? What’s the future of transportation in Calgary? How can we design our city for those who motor in two wheels instead of walk, or for those who don’t drive? What physical barriers might we shed?

Let’s continue the conversation about Movement where we left off last January, and join us for the opening reception of Movement: an exhibition. The winning entries of the Movement call for ideas, as well as selected pictures and stories shared to #dtalksmove, will be on display from May 23 to June 14.

NO RSVP necessary.

Stop in for a chit-chat in the gallery.

Click here for more gallery pop-up event details.

The exhibition will run from May 23 through June 14, 2019 at the Castell Building (old Central Library) downtown. Gallery hours: 12 - 6 p.m.

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Let's talk about...movement
6:00 PM18:00

Let's talk about...movement


What is our relationship to each other as a result of the contructions (and assumptions) that we've made about moving and connecting in the city?

Sometimes when we talk about movement we get caught up in speed, crossings, and timetables. These are important, but if we zoom out, what is design's responsibility to help people move in their city? How can we ensure that everyone is included?

Join a double-feature panel discussion with a diverse array of voices on architecture, urban design and inclusion. The opportunity to hear such voices in the same room is a rare d.talks moment that we're proud of.

Speakers include:

  • Giovanna Borasi, Chief Curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, whose research focus includes alternative ways of practicing and evaluating architecture, and how environmental, political and social issues influence today's urbanism and built environment.

  • Amanda Kolson Hurley, architecture and urban issues author and Senior Editor at CityLab, the city-focused publication of The Atlantic. Her forthcoming book, titled Radical Suburbs, will be released in 2019.

  • Don Mulligan was Director of Transportation Planning at The City of Calgary for nine years and is passionate about sustainable urban transportation.

  • Nabeel Ramji hails from Bricolage Calgary, an organization advocating for accessible design and inclusion for all citizens in Calgary, and regularly consults as an Accessibility Infrastructure Specialist on barrier free design.

  • Brigitte Shim along with her partner, A. Howard Stucliffe, are both principals in the design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, a firm receiving fourteen Governor General's Medals and Awards for Architecture. She is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.

  • Cowboy Smithx is an award-winning filmmaker of Blackfoot Ancestry who produces the REDx talks and the Noirfoot Narrative Labs and is the Artistic Director of Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society.

  • Marianna Vaidman Stone is the Deputy Director of Gehl Institute, focused on improving life between buildings. She's worked on policy that re-enacted a zoning framework for public projects in New York as well as a legislative agenda for buildings to be more climate resilient.

Please note that this event will be 1/2 hour longer than our normal events but we will have snacks to keep you fortified.

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Saturday June 23 1:00pm

Join our PLACEHOLDER discussion on the topic of Thresholds at Esker Foundation. This is open to the public and free of charge but registration is required. Register here.

\ 'thresh-höld : a place of entering or beginning; a level, point or value above which something is true or will take place and below which it is not or will not; a plank, stone or piece of timber that lies under a door.


At this PLACEHOLDER event, we want to explore the idea of “thresholds” in the current exhibitions as well as in the broader context of the built environment. The works on display at the Esker Foundation by both Vanessa Brown and Anna Torma live within the liminal spaces of superficially opposed concepts: conscious/unconscious, old/new, feminine/masculine, traditional/avant-garde. What are the consequences and benefits of crossing these boundaries? Where does one become the other?

Vanessa Brown’s art takes the traditionally masculine, utilitarian craft of metalworking and creates pieces that express the more delicate, subtle beauties of steel. Her experiential works aim to evoke the state of being between dreaming and awake, prolonging the hazy in-between of lost time and ambiguous realities. Anna Torma’s exhibition draws on the Hungarian textile traditions passed down to her through generations, amplifying these centuries-old practices of needlework and embroidery through the experiences and voices of her own generation to create something entirely new that is still deeply rooted in her heritage.

We want to discuss these divides and gaps, and work to understand what creates that space between, what may live there, and the role such thresholds play in our lives. Are these separations necessary? When and why should we cross these lines? Does existing in the space between present the best of both worlds, or does it simply muddy the waters and diffuse ideas that speak more strongly on their own? And how do these concepts present themselves in your daily life, in the architecture around you, or in the city’s planning?

This will be an informal discussion, and we also invite you to bring an object, reading, poem, song…anything that expresses the theme for you.  There is no required reading and participation without an object/text is welcome.

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to Jun 7

Let's talk about...

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A city without public art is...? 

How do we define public art? Does it relate to our values or influence how we identify with our city? What’s our relationship with artists’ process? Join d.talks for a discussion on the value of public art. Not the cost, but the ways that public art connects people to place.


  • Alana Bartol / Artist
  • Iman Bukhari / Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
  • Dan Jacobson / IMMERSE research group, University of Calgary
  • Michelle Reid / Cultural Landscape Lead, City of Calgary
  • Moderated by: Ciara McKeown / Public Art Consultant and Curator

Join us on Thursday June 7th  6pm

Victoria Pavilion at the Calgary Stampede. Map here.

Click here for the walking map to the Victoria Pavilion.

Advance Tickets: $12 Adult, $6 Student  ($15 at the door)

Born in Halifax, Canada, Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches.Through performance, research based, and community embedded practices, her site-responsive works propose walking and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Bartol’s work has been screened and presented across Canada at InterAccess (Toronto); PlugIn Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg); Access Gallery (Vancouver); M:ST Performative Arts Festival (Calgary); Art Gallery of Windsor; and Group Intervention Vidéo (Montréal), as well as in Romania, Germany, Mexico and the United States. She currently lives in Calgary where she teaches at Alberta College of Art+Design. 

Iman Bukhari is the founder and CEO of Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, a non profit millennial organization working to mitigate racism and create cultural understanding. She has worked on national campaigns, arts movements and educational projects that shed light on race-related issues, success, and solutions. Iman has a Master's in Multimedia Communications and has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 10+ years. Iman recently received the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation's 30 under 30 award.

Dr. Dan Jacobson is an Associate Professor and the director of the IMMERSE research group based in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. Specializing in providing accessibility to blind and vision impaired individuals, the research focuses upon how individuals understand, communicate and represent spatial environments. These are explored through multi sensory computer interfaces that include sound and touch. He was the chair of the International Cartographic Association Commission on maps and graphics for the blind 2007-2011. Throughout, he has collaborated with blind pedestrians, cyclists…and sailors.

Ciara McKeown is a public art commissioner, curator and project manager. Her consulting business plans and commissions public art for artists, art organizations, government agencies and private clients, and she is currently the Public Art Curator for Edmonton Arts Council’s Jasper Avenue Streetscape project. Recently, a Project Manager with the artist practice Sans façon, they collaborated to complete the CSO Art Master Plan for King County, 4Culture in Seattle, and PLUS, the Succession Plan for Watershed+, a City of Calgary Public Art Project. She is an Executive Board Member with Public Art Dialogue, and was a Co-Organizer of Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working, a symposium hosted by York University in May 2017. The first of its kind in Canada, it gathered cross-disciplinary perspectives and research to critically examine the current state of Contemporary public art practices. McKeown has written for Public Art Review and Americans for the Arts among others. Her essay about the City of Calgary’s Watershed+ has just been published in the University of Calgary’s Institute for the Humanities Water in the West 2018 anthology.

Michelle Reid is the Cultural Landscape Lead with The City of Calgary. She conserves, manages and celebrates some of Calgary’s most significant historic landscapes, ranging from a formal Victorian garden, a turn of a century pleasure ground, a brutalist/expressionist landscape, as well as indigenous visioning, camp, and buffalo kill sites. Her work has been recognized at the local, provincial, and national level by landscape architecture, planning and heritage organizations. In addition to her MEDes, she has an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. She is a member of CSLA, CIP, ICOMOS Canada, and the Alliance for the Preservation of Historic Landscapes.

This event is supported by the Calgary Stampede. Invitation is by Alex Ferko.


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to Apr 14

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Join d.talks, in collaboration with Esker Foundation, at PLACEHOLDER. This is an unconventional book club where we present the theme of the afternoon and you bring your own book, poem, or object that you feel best articulates the theme. 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 borne out in the work of Esker’s current exhibiting artists. Let’s form a new narrative in Calgary together! The theme of this PLACEHOLDER will be Protection.

At this PLACEHOLDER event, we want to explore the idea of “protection” as it plays out around us. Society maintains certain rules and expectations - whether unspoken, codified in law, or expressed in the architecture and design within cities and institutions, that are meant to keep us safe or preserve some ideal. Where do we see these attempts to influence or control behavior in our daily lives locally and globally? What are the consequences of these systems, both positive and negative? Who are they protecting, and from what?

The current exhibition at the Esker Foundation, A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all) by Kapwani Kiwanga, examines such “protective” elements in architecture by “isolating structural traits and intended psychological effects of different built environments, such as prisons, hospitals, and mental health facilities.” This includes using colors meant to have a soothing effect in prison cells and installing blue lights that reduce the visibility of veins to discourage drug use in public areas. Does architecture have a responsibility to influence the behavior of its occupants? Do such practices actually accomplish their desired effect, or do they only relocate and hide these behaviors in potentially more dangerous ways? What are the implications of creating safeguards designed to protect people?

This will be an informal discussion, and we also invite you to bring an object, reading, poem, song…anything that expresses the theme for you.  An artist list of relevant books can be found in the Esker Foundation's Lantern Library, but there is no required reading and participation without an object/text is welcome.

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to Apr 18

Let's talk about... integral

Join us for a film screening of Integral Man and talk-back conversation.

Wednesday April 18 6:00pm at the Central Public Library John Dutton Theatre


Film Screening: Integral Man by Joseph Clement and talk-back conversation with:

Eileen Kosasih / is a crossover violinist, conductor and music teacher inspired by aesthetics and stories. She is founder of Calgary Arts Orchestra, an ensemble that was dedicated to performing new local classical music.

Pratim Sengupta / works at the nexus of programming language, public space, and open science. He's the Research Chair of STEM Education and a Learning Sciences Professor at the University of Calgary.

Carey van der Zalm / art directs SITE Magazine and is an intern architect at Manasc Isaac. She's interested in an integrated approach to traditional healing and the emotional effects of our built environment.

Tickets $6-15. Doors open at 6pm.

Integral is a mathematical term, but it also infers complete, lacking nothing, and indispensable. When does space transition from matter to experience? Taking a residence designed around a complex curve, join us for a film and conversation to explore design from the perspectives of music and math. We’ll seek to understand intangibles such as quality and emotional spark.

Integral Man is a documentary film about a private residence for James Stewart, a mathematician and musician. The residence was designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Filmmaker Joseph Clement is a trained landscape architect and this film captures the human relationship with the environment. James Stewart was a former McMaster University professor of mathematics who authored the seminal university-level calculus textbooks starting in the 1980s. He was also a violinist with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Shim-Sutcliff Architects is a Canadian practice started by Bridgitte Shim and Howard Sutcliff in 1994 and recognized with a dozen Governor General Medals for Architecture. The residence is an unusual L-shaped curvilinear form with notable glazing punctuated with fins of white oak.

The invitation above is by Nicole Wolf, Calgary, Alberta.

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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



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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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?


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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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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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?

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

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

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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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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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?

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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6:00 PM18:00

Let's talk about...proximity

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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?

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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to Aug 6

ICONOMY: The economy of our local iconic fabric


JULY 21 - AUGUST 6, 2016

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 @ 8PM

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.
/Exhibition reception is open to members and invited guests.


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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.



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



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.


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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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?



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



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



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



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



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


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


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



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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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?


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


Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Start: 6:30 PM


Location is finally here! 





Questions about tickets or location? Email hello@dtalks.org

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Building Iconomy
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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.


Alex Bozikovic | The Globe & Mail

Dale Taylor | FRAIC

Fred Valentine | RCA, FRAIC


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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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.


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)

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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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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.


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


Following Exhibition

@ Centre Street LRT Platform

May 25 - July 28, 2015

Free and open to the public, all hours

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