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Reviving the heritage with technology and restructure.

The seed of this idea comes from city’s mission statement for this project combined with the vision I have for Calgary to grow as a culturally enriched city. Calgary’s core downtown culture lacks “street drama” (description below) and needs more shared spaces that are entrepreneurial and allows citizens to come together, create, develop and share ideas. This idea allows development of inner city culture, downtown core (specifically East village) to attract businesses, diverse ideas, and allowing technological developments to flourish while keeping the existing structures intact.


I am a resident of bridge land area in Calgary's inner city, and pass by Bud's office furniture, a heritage building and so many other small buildings within the inner city which can be more communal, can house local new businesses. It can also provide shared space for millennial, boomer's, generation Y and Z to come together explore, share, and communicate ideas. Now, Bud's office furniture building (19 4 street NE) is just a sample example for how the building can be repurposed into something meaningful for downtown core and surrounding areas.


This space can use latest technology that works well with the older structure and juxtapose a unique combination of a space that will allow commercial space, restaurants, and communal space on the floors above that. A café, a restaurant space, local business, and creative space that allows all the members of public to share on time to time basis, create jobs and opportunities to grow with the help of businesses and makes it more inclusive and accessible shared space.

There are more than one such buildings, some in Inglewood, some in Ramsay, Ogden and a few on the west part of Calgary’s inner core. The idea is to develop more shared spaces and cleansing the stereotypical identities that exist in the cultural context of the areas.



*Street Drama- an urban studies term, that allows use of existing structures of foot traffic on sidewalks and promotes people to access the area by walking, cycling and using the space communally. Which, in turn, allows the self controlled patrolling due to the natural proprietary that exists within people to protect their immediate surrounding while sharing the space.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

The development of downtown’s East village has proved that, it is important to have a great mix of new and old in order to retain the cultural richness of city. It also authorizes cleansing of space which traditionally has stereotypical sentiments attached to it. Similar to Simmon’s block which houses businesses and allows a shared space for businesses; it is important to look into developing areas that surround Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre as well.

Repurposing historical buildings into cultural spaces will allow the use of pathway’s, bike lanes and slowly divert the inherent issues that an area surrounding rehab’s and drop in’s face and eliminate stereotypical fears that citizens have for areas surrounding Drop-In centres. It helps develop the East village further, supporting downtown living and growth of businesses in surrounding areas creating more jobs and opportunities. It also permits use of technology new and existing to flourish hand in hand as city repurposes it old with new.

There are various examples all over North America which used similar idea, which proved to be successful to create the creative, economical and entreprenurial richness of the city.One such example is linked below:

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The increased used of pathways, bike lanes, development of areas with more cultural richness, more shared spaces eliminating crime in and around Drop- In centre. the most direct effect of this could be measured by the amount of jobs and business opportunities that the reinvention of this space will permit.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Use of technology, architecture, newer construction methods, creative collaboration and public input are the most important aspects of projects like such. The redevelopment of spaces with historical significance requires use of technology, IT, newer and ecological methods of construction and creative collaboration which can be used from local artists. All these simple factors constitutes the scope of technology that is required to reinvent and redevelop and re use this space into something more meaningful.

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