Space + Place

Space + Place
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Space + Place is a conversation about architecture, the city, and the visual culture around us. Hosted by amery Calvelli and produced for CJSW 90.9fm, it airs on the first Tuesday of each month at 11am. Each show considers how we define the space we inhabit. Be part of the conversation in shaping place. Make room for the possibility of tomorrow, today. Space + Place airs on the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm during the “CJSW Presents…’ hour, only on CJSW 90.9 FM.


Most Recent Episode:
#41: art in place (January 7, 2015)
Denise Markonish on Oh, Canada, Kristy Trinier on Future Station, and Steven Cottingham on Atlas Sighed.


#41 art in place

January 7th, 2015


Future Station, image: Kristy Trinier

Kristy Trinier, a curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, identifies threads of locality in the upcoming 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Finding an unfinished underground downtown transit station in Edmonton as metaphor for contemporary artistic practice in the province, our discussion moves between representation and the adaptation of practice to place. Future Station was intended as a stop on the light rail transit line. Instead, it’s a platform encased within a concrete barrier. Daily commuters pass through without the awareness of the station’s existence. Similarly, the Biennial draws attention to artistic practice that is veiled in the overlooked gaze. While at the AGA, don’t miss the photography exhibition, Suburbua: A Model Life.

Oh, Canada, artist: Kelly Mark


Oh, Canada, artist: May Evans


The seed for the exhibition Oh, Canada was sewn, curiously, in Massachusetts. What art was the nation with the world’s second largest landmass producing? Denise Markonish, a curator at MASS MoCA, was convinced that there was more to the Canadian contemporary art scene and headed north, visiting 400 artist studios. The exhibition, featuring 60 Canadian artists under a nine square-metre roof, was an early unravelling of preconception that artmaking is bound to established centres.  Oh, Canada was recognized for it’s exploration into cultural identity and sense of place. Opening in Calgary on January 31st, the exhibition will be shared among four institutions: The Esker Foundation, the Illingsworth Kerr Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, and the Nickle Galleries.


Calgary Biennial, anonymous, Things are going to get worse before they get even worse


Calgary Biennial, artist: Steven Beckley

And finally, we narrow the gaze to the city of Calgary, where a guerrilla biennial under the moniker The Calgary Biennial takes place.Titled Atlas Sighed and curated by artist Steven Cottingham, the exhibition features a dozen works venturing into the pubic realm. Brittany Bear Hat uses the medium of the billboard to unveil place as it relates to identity. Yvonne Mullock and Mia Rushton’s medium is a classified ad, and Steven Beckley’s images will occupy a bus shelter. Regardless of medium, the works provoke pointedly at the social implications of success. Works question not only our relationship with capital and with public space, but also how place is implicated in a search for an embrace of the alternative.

Of interest:

Design Matters – Rick Joy - Jan 7th

#40 main and lane

December 3rd, 2014


100 Years of Growth, courtesy of Studio North

We look at main streets and laneways, exploring how vital they are to the urban fabric.

We hear from the architectural design+build practice Studio North, who has researched laneway housing extensively and in the process of building their own laneway. This aligns with the city’s main streets initiative and an investigation into laneway housing in the Hillhurst-Sunnyside neighbourhood.

Calgary City Council  will be voting on a proposal to improve city process for secondary suites on December 15th. Have your say, take action at: suiteyyc.ca and learn more here.

Laneway block, courtesy of Studio North

Laneway section, courtesy of Studio North

Laneway housing cracks open opportunity for a diversity of housing options. Think affordability, but also, it’s about offering multiple lifestyle choices. Brandon Donnelly speaks about The Laneway Project, and their in-between spaces summit held last week in Toronto calling attention to the laneway house. His perspective, as someone working in the real estate development industry, reveals why the laneway is one of the last opportunities for an urban fabric middle ground…one where mid-rise housing options are still possible.


Laneway plan courtesy of Brandon Donnelly

We start the show with a look at two main streets where architectural moves have struck ground in an effort to foster neighbourhood vitality. Developer Randy Rapaport describes the challenges faced in planting multi-family buildings on main streets, this time on Clinton Street and on Belmont Street in Portland.


Belmont Street Lofts image courtesy of Randy Rappaport

On 9th Ave SE in Inglewood, architectural firm MoDA clad an everyday 2-story commercial building with a parametric screen that serves as both a beacon on the streetfront, but also articulates interior views. The individually-scored wooden slats, placed horizontally across the building face, reveals a subtle patterning leading to the building entrance.

Articulated Entrance on 9th Ave SE, courtesy of MoDA Architecture


Other dates of note:

Dec 3 – d.talks Let’s talk about…the remix

Dec 11 – Design Matters Bruce Kuwabara

Dec 15 – Suites YYC

#39 the advocate

November 12th, 2014

image courtesy of Szenasy: Design Advocate

Susan Szenasy defines design, connecting the dots between design’s effects and the ethical, ecological, and social responsibility. As editor in chief and publisher of Metropolis Magazine, she has been a leading voice of design for decades. She’s often placed humans at the center, and called upon designers to advocate for the people. Her recent book, Szenasy: Design Advocate, is a collection of essays, lectures and testimonials that together reveal three decades of advocacy for better design.



We also cover the complexity of built heritage with a look at the Portland Building. Credited as “the first major monument of Post-Modernism” by historian Charles Jenks, and ranked by critic Paul Goldberger in 1982 as “the most compelling architectural event” the 32-year-old building was a product of its time, economically, politically, and socially, resulting in municipal workers that have grown tired of a dark, poor work environment. Architect Michael Graves and heritage advocate Peter Meijer discuss the building, it’s challenges, and what might be done to bring the building into the next century with a bit of grace.

image courtesy of PMA

image by PMA

Model for the Portland Building courtesy of MGA

#38 provisional, ephemeral

September 2nd, 2014

Director and curator Wayne Baerwaldt shares insights on Nuit Blanche Calgary, an evening festival of performance art staged in the urban core.  What’s the role of art outside of a gallery setting? What can a time-based performance offer as a record of history? These questions lead our discussion into not only what’s behind some of the performances, but how participatory the experience might be.

See: September 20th 7pm – 1am. Support Nuit Blanche here.

My Mother Calls Me A Rabbit_ by Emily Promise Allison, Darren Roberts Photography


Carousel by BGL - Darren Roberts Photography


Neil Hrushowy is the Manager of City Design Group in the City of San Francisco’s Planning Department. The group focuses on the public realm and human scale design.  Neil shares why they’re calling for ideas to turn Market Street from a major thoroughfare into a street with varying uses. He also explains what’s behind Pavement to Parks, a program that encourages the transformation of underutilized parts of the street into quick and simple pedestrian places. This includes a streamlined permitting process for the implementation of a parklet.

Submit an idea: Market Street Prototyping (until Oct 10th)

Parklet (Hosted by Revolution Cafe, Escape from New York Pizza, Lolo Restaurant) Photo By- Rebar

Parklet (hosted by Luna Rienne Gallery) Artist Ursula Xanthe Young

Parklet hosted by Four Barrel Coffee. Photo by- SF Planning (KC)

Matthew Passmore is a founder of Rebar, a collective of artists / designers questioning the relationship of human beings and the built environment. How much green remains in public domain was the initial question they asked, leading to a temporary installation of astroturf and chairs to transform a parking lot into a public space. Park(ing) day followed. We also discuss an Urban Prototyping Festival and what to expect from morelab.

Additional Events:

Sept. 24th 6pm – Design Matters – Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris - Downtown Campus

#37 social optimism

August 5th, 2014

Justin McGuirk, in his book, Radical Cities, explores a new generation of optimists among architects, planners, and civic leaders in Latin America who are addressing the challenge of social housing. He describes a new vision, where slums are no longer a “cancer” that must be eradicated with a tabula rasa clearance. Instead, mobility and key urban design questions are folded into housing the poor. Insertions can be as powerful as a new building. A cable car in Caracus cuts a commute from hours to a few  minutes. The efforts, while incredibly local and not successful in the same way each time, allow slums and the rest of the city to unite as a more integrated whole.

Locals in front of some extended James Stirling houses, PREVI Credit: Cristóbal Palma


Elemental’s houses in Quinta Monroy, Iquique Credit: Cristóbal Palma


The Nonoalco-Tlatelolco housing estate in Mexico City, designed by Mario Pani, 1964 Credit: Armando Salas Portuga


The exhibition 10 Years of Urgency started as an urban intervention in Montreal that would bring attention to homelessness. Created by the artist organization known as ATSA, there were performances, workshops and meals on the site for five days each year. Steven Cottingham describes how this performative intervention is translated into an exhibition. Currently at The New Gallery, the exhibition is in route to the Centre Cultural Franco-Manitobain later this month.

Zero Yen House EU08, image courtesy of The New Gallery


Winfried Baumann 10 ans d'Urgence - photo courtesy of Martin Savoie


10 ans d'Urgence photo courtesy of Martin Savoie

Mark Lakeman, co-founder of Communitecture,  and behind City Repair and early contributor to13-year-old Dignity Village, speaks about creating gathering places. He also describes why Portland supported an opportunity for housing for those without. Dignity Village is a sanctioned, self-developed community that serves men and women who were previously homeless. City Repair brings place-making and permaculture the the level of the street intersection. City Repair Calgary hosted Mark last month with a workshop and public discussion.

Dignity Village, courtesy of Communitecture


Intersection in repair, courtesy of City Repair

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