How participation can work!
say it, do it
In cities with populations of millions, it’s hard to imagine that an individual voice, with a good idea, makes a difference. But good ideas come from everywhere.
When Bruce Mau Design set up The Bureau of Doing Something About It to respond to 1000 citizen complaints about their city, they found people turning out in a heat wave to help design solutions to these complaints. We’ll hear from Amanda Happe, as she explains the complaints, how the storefront was set up, and the kind of solutions sought.
We’ll also hear why 5468796 Architecture is sharing the stage at the Canadian Pavilion for next year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture. Migrating Landscapes Organizer is asking for architect submissions across the country…instead of exhibiting their own work at Venice. Johanna Hurme explains why they hosting regional and national juried exhibitions to bring fresh eyes to the definition of Canadian Architecture.
And finally, we learn why Bow to Bluff is asking citizens for ideas on how to design a better public corridor comprised of a series of parks and laneways near the light rail transit line. Their pop-up storefront opened on Sunday in Calgary and will host a variety of activities in hopes of hearing from many different voices, young and old, in the community. We hear from Alderman Druh Farrell and B2B’s steering committee member Tamara Lee.
image above: courtesy of Harry Choi, Bruce Mau Design