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Indefinite

Arts Centre
Vision and Master Plan Document

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada


February
20, 2018
was a
great day
for the IAC.
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Contents
Executive Summary..................................... 6

Part One: The Vision Part Five: Beyond the Site


Disability is not a 4-Letter word........ 11 Program Elements................................... 69
Accountability through
Conversation.............................................. 12 Part Six: Schedule
Fairview: Established, Unique, Looking Forward...................................... 77
Evolving....................................................... 14
Out with the old....................................... 19
Designing for inclusivity........................ 22

Part Two: The Idea


Building a tool for difference.............. 26

Part Three: Building Design


Overview..................................................... 33
Ground Floor............................................. 35
Lower Floor................................................ 47
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Part Four: Landscape Design


Site Grading............................................... 57
Program Elements................................... 59
North-South Site Section...................... 62
“There are no other East-West Site Section.......................... 64
differences than gradual
differences between different
grades of difference and no
difference (at all).”
- William James, 1999.

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Executive
Summary
The Indefinite Arts Centre is a community Our team has spoken with all levels of and a desire for the organization to remain
hub driven by the arts, and a new government - community, city, provincial an important neighbor in a revitalized
benchmark for inclusive, universally & federal level - to develop broad based community of Fairview.
accessible design. Visitors will discover awareness of the project. We’ve met with
unique spaces within, between and around like-minded local organizations to uncover We have asked “what type of new facility
three buildings which house program shared constraints and discover collective can support and advance Indefinite’s
ranging from the performing to the visual opportunities. And we’ve spoken with our efforts”? We are set to join forces with like-
arts, administrative to retail, and informal to sister organizations abroad. We’ve visited minded allies in Calgary. And we believe
formal galleries. world-class disArts organizations in the USA this project to be transformational for
including NIAD, Creative Growth, Creativity Fairviewites and Calgarians at large.
As an organization, the Indefinite Arts Explored & the Arc, exchanged stories of
Centre has undergone a transformation; our organizations’ evolution, physical spaces The new Indefinite Arts Centre will be a next
from a disability service organization and roles in our respective communities. generation community hub.
that engages adults with developmental
disabilities, to an arts organization that In all conversations, we’ve heard one Opportunity’s knocked.
serves artists living with disabilities. This resounding message: we are lucky. Despite Let’s make the most of it.
shift speaks to new era of inclusivity: across the events of February 20 – which marked
the arts, across the disability sector and the sudden collapse of the Fairview Arena
across communities. The Indefinite Arts roof and temporary loss of IAC’s home -
Centre supports the creative potential of the Indefinite Arts Centre is in the envious
artists across all spectrums. It is a place position of being proactive.
where entrepreneurs, innovators, and
thought leaders can take away inspiration Driven by the Indefinite Arts Centre’s 5 Jodi James
for their own work, using the perspectives year strategic plan, the following vision Intern Architect
of those whose perspectives are often and master plan was developed through DIALOG
grossly underrepresented. extensive research, thoughtful conversation

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Part One.

The Vision.
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Photo of Willem de Kooning’s Studio.
Customized easels supported de
Kooning’s work with large canvases well
into his senior years.

Disability is not a
4-letter word.
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Currently 1 in 7 Canadians (5.3 million


people) identify as living with a disability.
By 2038, that number will jump to 1 in 5.
16,000 Calgarians acquire a disability
annually, with a projected 30% increase in

“Disability
that number over the course of the next 10
years, and 155% increase in 30 years*. (Level
Playing Field, 2018). It is clear the disability

is an art.
community touches everyone.

Diversity is key to a healthy community;

It’s an
differences in mind and body are a natural
and remarkable part of human diversity.
While these differences - physical, sensory,
intellectual, or psychological – may cause
functional limitations or impairments, these
do not necessarily lead to disability.
ingenious
For certain kinds of bodies and minds,
societal structures, political institutions
way to
and the built environment can make life
meaningful, or conversely, impossible.
Disability arises when society (purposefully
live.” Neil Marcus

or inadvertently) fails to take account of


and include all people, regardless of their
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Upstream Arts. https://www.upstreamarts.org/
individual differences.
resources/disability-is-not-a-four-letter-word/, 2018

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1975: Indefinite Art’s first year of classes.

Accountability
through
conversation.
The Indefinite Arts Centre (IAC) is
Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts
organization. Founded in 1975, and initially
serving a handful of artists, Indefinite Arts
recognized the power of the creative voice.
For over 40 years, the IAC has celebrated “By making
art as a fundamental means of human
expression, and championed that all people something, others
are entitled to creative communication.
know that you’re
Art has, and will always continue to be creative, that you’re
a way to say the unsayable; a vehicle to
expansive dialogue and growth. Arguably, a alive, and you
lens that can make the conversation around
difference and disability an everyday one.
have something
unique and special
Art is about community building.
going on inside
– and non-verbal
communication is
still communication”
David Byrne

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Fairview: Established,
Unique, Evolving.
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Fairview is a neighborhood in transition. pursuits compared to previous generations. as core future development, a defining
Established in the 1950’s, the community In particular, seniors are seeking out feature of the area, and a regular part of life
of Fairview is experiencing something of a both physical and mental activity to in Fairview (Reclaiming Calgary’s Cultural
renaissance. Once aged and deteriorated, in ensure that they maintain a quality of life Identify: Arts Spaces Strategy and Capital
recent years the community has witnessed that is sustainable for longer than has Plan, Calgary Arts Development, 2007).
a regeneration of the arena, the renovation been observed in previous generations
of the community hall, and a revival of their (Recreation Amenities Gap Analysis – Area Fairview is diverse, resilient and growing.
community association (fairviewcommunity. 5 Summary Report, 2010). Aging community infrastructure requires
ca, 2018). lifecycle upgrades and/or additional
There is momentum to “continue the amenities in order to address projected
Young families have moved in, and regeneration of parks and playgrounds, to long-term population expansion. Its public
neighbors who left years ago have moved build and expand our events and programs, spaces and community buildings must
back. The schools are full, and the parks develop strong ties to business and be re-imagined to serve residents both
busy with little league baseball and soccer. community groups and serve our greater now and well into the future (Recreation
community” (fairviewcommunity.ca, 2018). Amenities Gap Analysis – Area 5 Summary
Local schools support a strong connection Residents have spoken to a desire for more Report, 2010).
to the arts; collectively, Le Roi Daniels public art, additional trees, community
Elementary and Fairview Junior High gardens, variety in park infrastructure,
Schools offer visual arts, dance, drama, seniors amenities and investment in the
and music programming to 1,300 students, central park (Community Objectives
ranging in age from 5-15. (Calgary Board of Workshop, 2017).
Education, 2018).
Fairview aspires to be a complete
Baby boomers and founding community community with a focus on quality of life,
members make up a vibrant pre-seniors and improved public spaces, and community-
seniors network. Mature residents are more led events. Arts facilities, presentations 1
Fairview Community Association.
highly involved in recreation and leisure and creation experiences are envisioned http://fairviewcommunity.ca/, 2018

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EAST FAIRVI EW INDUS TRIAL
FAIRVI EW
Out with the
old.
Aspirations for the Fairview Community Hall who can use stairs, and those who cannot.
site have always been rooted in community. Natural light is in short supply. The gallery
The modest concrete block building, is hidden away. The building does not
attached to the Fairview Arena, is where serve the artists and the community in a
the ‘88 Olympics were commemorated, meaningful way. The existing building has
milestones celebrated and where people of been adjusted to make do. The community
all ‘ages stages and wages’ have historically deserves better.
come together.

In 2007, the IAC took on the responsibility


of investing in maintaining the hall,
continuing the legacy set by the Fairview
Community Association. Small-scale
renovations ensured the building met
baseline building code standards for
FAIRMOUNT DRIVE SE

accessibility. From offering an array of


after school programming, to hosting art
IEW
shows and exhibitions, to creating a bright
I RV
FA
AD
IA and recognizable beacon on the corner
AC
of Fairmount and Fredson, Indefinite Arts
Centre has brought art to the community,
and the community to the art.

HERITAGE DRIVE
But the limitations of the existing building
constrained much of this activity to the
interior. The parking lot isolates the building
from the street. The entry divides those

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1988 Olympic Celebrations in Fairview.

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Designing for
Inclusivity.
The way in which we each engage the world such, cannot comprehensively anticipate
is unique. how all minds and bodies will experience
space.
“Universal Design is the process of
embedding choice for all people in the So how can we account for others in the
things human beings design” (Centre for same way we account for our own selves?
Universal Design, North Carolina State How do you create a place for every body,
University College of Design). every mind?

From seniors to strollers, white canes to


crutches, delivery carts to service animals,
reducing barriers in the built environment
ensures that everyone’s independence can
be maintained. Yet current building codes
and accessibility standards only address a
“No amount
small fraction of difference. Hearing loss,
power chairs, hypersensitivity and service
of smiling
animals are just a few impairments that
remain unacknowledged in contemporary
at a flight of
standards. A truly accessible environment
is considers how all people navigate the
stairs has ever
world through sight, touch, scent, sounds
and taste.
turned it into a
Yet we cannot understand the world outside
ramp.”
of our own mind and body. Empathy is Stella Young
informed by our own experiences; we as

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Part Two.

The Idea.
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Building a tool
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We account for difference by creating There is no one way to engage the space.
difference. We replace prescriptive Each visitor is empowered to define their
engagement and discrete spaces and focus own experience.
on the spaces in-between. We introduce
an architecture that focuses on gradients
of sensory, programmatic and spatial
conditions, that vary in their intensity across
the project.

No one space is exactly like another.


Through subtle transformations, an
environment of gradients is created both
inside and in between buildings. In any
given space, visitors are concurrently
becoming and unbecoming one condition
or quality.

Visitors are free to draw closer to or away


from certain moments – empowered to
create their own experience based on their
own predispositions. Subtle differences
are leveraged to offer infinite choice. A
space where everyone can find a place
to be comfortable, to be creative, and to
contribute as they see fit.

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Part Three.

Building
Design.
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Overview.

The Indefinite Arts Centre is community hub Throughout the campus, the ground
driven by the arts, and a new benchmark for plane and floor plates remain consistently
inclusive, universally accessible design. horizontal – minimizing obstructions and
reducing vertical circulation across the site.
Three buildings anchor the project. Each Outdoor spaces are as important as indoor.
undergoes a simple transformation (twist, Public realm and private amenities are
tilt and stretch) to create a series of indistinguishable. Spaces oscillate between
different environments within themselves, open to closed, tall to compact, and wide
between themselves, and with the to narrow. Materials mediate sound, texture,
landscape. There is no front or back to the vibration, humidity, temperature, scent. The
site; each building opens up in multiple site is animated day and night, winter and
ways. The buildings house performing, summer.
visual and culinary arts, community
amenities, offices for non-profits, retail and
event spaces.

The existing community hall is not erased


within the new design. Loaded with
history, stories, and a sense of place, the
hall is absorbed in the new architecture:
repurposed as a canvas for display, a vessel
for the social spaces and a foundation for
administrative areas. Preservation of the The ground plane remains consistent – a near perfect
existing hall continues the Indefinite Arts horizontal grade throughout. Walls and roofs rotate
to introduce new qualities of space with the existing
programming during construction: a lynch building, between new buildings, and between new
pin in a multi-phased construction strategy. building and landscape.

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STAIR #3

DN
OUTDOOR STAGE

ELEVATOR

MULTI-USE REHERSAL/
PERFORMANCE SPACE

KILN
ROOM

Ground Floor.
COATS

W/C
ART STUDIO -
W/C OPEN SPACE

SOUND/LIGHT/
RECORDING
BOOTH

UP

STAIR #2
Visual Arts Building

Visible and accessible from Fairmount As the largest building on the site, all
Drive, the ground floor offers access to Indefinite Arts Centre programming is
QUIET QUIET
W/C the most public of programming on the housed within the Visual Arts Building. This
STUDIO A STUDIO B
site. Dining, retail, performance and gallery building is constructed around the existing
spaces in all three buildings are accessible
GALLERY
A W/C
Fairview Community Hall. The ground floor
W/C
from this level. is connected by continuous circulation
DINING/LECTURE/
LOCKER SPACE
outboard of the existing hall. Within the
W/C
hall, all non-structural interior walls have
W/C been removed to reveal large continuous
social spaces.

FREIGHT/ A new entrance brings visitors directly into


FEATURE
ELEVATOR
the existing hall. Visitors are greeted by a
GALLERY
OPEN TO
BELOW reception area immediately across from the
entry vestibule. A new, oversized elevator
RECEPTION KITCHEN
is front-and-centre; a generous open-air
platform transports people and materials
between the three floors of the Visual Arts
ARTIST-IN-
W/C ELEV. DISH
ROOM
DRY
STORAGE RESIDENCE
STUDIO
Building. The elevator sits within an opening
in the floor plate which previously linked the
CURATOR
STORAGE

RETAIL
DN UP
Optimist Gallery to the lobby space above.
READING ROOM
A large lunch room, equipped with an
GALLERY
B

STAIR #1
artists’ kitchen, is just beyond the elevator.
FINISHING
Here lunchtime lectures are hosted by
Indefinite’s artists for their colleagues.
KITCHEN

W/C
CAFE Lockers provide all participants with a safe
a secure place to store their belongings for
the day.

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The studio space is accessed by a light- artist. Artist pin-up space, inboard of the The south end of the existing hall hosts a
filled corridor to the west of the lunch room. structural columns, is available throughout. commercial kitchen. Food is prepared in
Exterior walls of the existing hall are now the kitchen as part of catering services for
interior gallery walls adorned with work- Immediately above the studio space is a events hosted throughout the site. This is
in-progress pieces by Indefinite’s artists. A large volume housing second floor IAC also where café provisions are prepared.
double height studio space opens up to the administration. Beneath this volume, a lower The existing small service elevator is used
north of the hall. A huge picture window ceiling height offers a protected space for for BOH circulation.
provides expansive views to the landscape making. The lower ceiling has the benefit
north of the site. Every space within the of acoustic dampening, and suspends a A second gallery hall, immediately south of
studio has access to this view. Indirect rigging system for cords, lighting and other reception, is fully visible from the adjacent
natural light is captured and directed into elements. outdoor patio.
the space through light scoops lining the roof.
Two quiet studio rooms are nested
An exterior door in the northwest corner within the north end of the existing hall,
connects the studio space to a protected immediately south of the open studio
exterior terrace. Creative sessions can easily space. Operable doors allow these spaces
flow outdoors in the spring, summer and fall. to be closed off from the rest of the studio,
creating quiet working environments for
Work stations are set up to accommodate individual artists or small groups.
different media types: from painting to Gender neutral washrooms line the west
drawing, textiles to ceramics. A small kiln corridor. A long ramp links the studio
room sits in the NE corner of the studio. space to the lower level entry. Above
Mobile partitions store small scale materials. the south end of the ramp is a dedicated
Large canvases are supported by in-floor artist-in-residence studio. An intimate,
easels, which retract and expand to set casual reading room adjacent to the artist-
the canvas height appropriate to the residence space supports conversations
between artists.

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38 Entry into Visual Arts Buidling 39
40 Open Studio Space 41
Black Box Theatre

The black box theatre supports all


performing arts programming on the site.
The tilted cube rises on the SE corner to
mark the entry to the building. A corridor
brings visitors into a large, flexible open
space for rehearsals and performances.
Support spaces (such as washrooms, coat
rooms, and sound booths) are nested to the
rear of the theatre. Above the space sits a
rigging grid for lighting, sound and other
suspended equipment.

To the north, an oversized portal opens up


to a covered outdoor stage. Performances
can be arranged to suit indoor or outdoor
audiences. A large freight elevator allows
for props, equipment and people to move
between floors of the theatre.

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Gallery, Cafe & Retail Building

Three complementary programs are housed


within one large, open air volume. Two
wedges of space are defined by a solid
program block in the centre. The gallery
sits to the north, the café to the south, and
all support elements (washrooms, storage,
compact retail and a finishing kitchen) are
contained within the block.

All program elements can retract into the


program block, creating a highly flexible
rental venue for events. The walls of the
building open seasonally to support free
flow of people in and out of the building,
creating a permeable retail storefront and
framing views into the gallery space.

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UP
ELEVATOR

MULTI-USE
REHERSAL SPACE
LARGE
FORMAT
PRINT
ROOM
DRESSING

Lower Floor.
ROOM
A
DRESSING
ROOM
B
DRESSING DIGITAL MEDIA
ROOM
C
& MUSIC LAB
DRESSING
ROOM
D

STORAGE

ARCHIVE/STORAGE/
GALLERY
Visual Arts Building
PREPARTION

The lower floor of the project connects Visitors access this floor through a
the Visual Arts Building to the Black Box dedicated entry on the SE corner of the
W/C

Theatre. Additional creative spaces, a building. The vestibule opens into a large
W/C
dedicated community room and all back- three storey volume, linking all three levels
MECHANICAL W/C
of-house functions are located on the lower of the building. To the west, an opening into
ROOM
level of the project. the existing hall leads to the new freight
W/C elevator, with controlled access to the levels
above. On this level, the existing hall houses
dedicated space for Fairview Community
Association (including two gender neutral
washrooms).
FREIGHT/
FEATURE
ELEVATOR OPEN TO

Similar to the ground level, primary


ABOVE

circulation is nested between the new


MATERIALS STORAGE LOCKERS

W/C

building envelope and the existing


STORAGE

W/C
community hall.
COMMUNITY
JAN
ROOM

ELEV.
Outboard of the hall, the east ramp
allows visitors to travel from the lower
UP
RECEPTION
level directly into the main studio space.
Continuing along the east corridor, visitors
STAIR #1
enter the digital media and music lab; a
GARBAGE &
RECYCLING
state-of-the-art technology studio fully
LOADING &
DELIVERY
equipped with workstations, a green wall
and large-scale printers. Visual connection
to and from the landscape is provided by a
picture window which spans the north edge
of the building.

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Black Box Theatre

Immediately adjacent to the lab is the The lower level of the black box theatre
compact storage room – an archival quality provides additional rehearsal space for the
space which places the art of curation and performing arts. Additional support spaces,
maintenance on display to visitors. such as dressing rooms and storage, can
also be found on this level. Both stairs and a
The west wall offers direct below grade freight elevator link to the ground floor.
access to the black box theatre, as well as
dedicated back-of-house materials storage
and circulation. Refuge, recycling and
loading zones are located along the south
end of the building.

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Upper Floor.
OPEN TO
BELOW

PRINTER
PRIVATE
OFFICE
A

PRIVATE
OPEN TO OFFICE OPEN
BELOW B WORKSTATION
AREA
STAIR #2

PRIVATE
OFFICE
Visual Arts Building
C
DN

All administrative programming is housed In all areas on the upper floor, natural light
on the upper floor of the Visual Arts is provided by light scoops in the roof
STAFF
KITCHEN Building. This storey sits atop the existing structure. Much of the floor plate is open to
BOARD ROOM/
OPEN TO
BELOW
hall, connected to the levels below by the spaces below.
TRAINING ROOM
W/C
new freight elevator. Flexible open office
space hall is available to rent by non-profit
W/C organizations. North of the rentable area,
LARGE
CONFERENCE
a large conference room accommodates
up to 12 people. An additional formal
ROOM W/C

board room (seating up to 25) can be


SEATING
reconfigured as a training classroom.
Gender neutral washrooms, a staff kitchen
FREIGHT/ AREA
FEATURE
ELEVATOR

OPEN TO
BELOW
and open seating area complete this area.
RENTABLE
OPEN North of the existing hall, additional floor
OFFICE AREA
space is suspended above the ground floor
studio space. This zone is dedicated to
Indefinite Arts administrative office space,
and includes three private offices. A stair
OPEN TO
BELOW

DN
connects IAC administration space directly
OPEN TO
BELOW
OPEN TO
BELOW
to the studio. Translucent walls and railings
STAIR #1
mediate a visual and audio connection to
the creative space below.

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Part Four.

Landscape
Design.
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Site Grading.

In an effort to minimize obstructions to


maximize accessibility, the ground plane
is kept as consistent as possible; however,
elevation points across the perimeter of the
existing site vary considerably (highest in
the NW, lowest in the SE). The proposed
grading meets existing elevation points
along the perimeter, sets a new ground
level elevation, removes the requirement for
stairs, and selectively introduces accessible
ramps.

This is achieved through three grade


changes. The eastern edge of the proposed
landscape rises upward, to meet the
elevation of the existing hall’s main floor.
The resultant 3% grade ensures a fully
accessible surface linking Fairmount Drive
to the entry of the Visual Arts Building and
Black Box Theatre. Along the length of the
1068m café/gallery, a 1:20 ramp brings visitors
up from lower elevation of the adjacent
south sidewalk. Finally, the eastern edge
of the Visual Arts Building aligns with the
elevation of the existing hall’s lower level
Where non-planar slopes meet, softscaping
mediates the edge conditions.
1060m

56 Grading Diagram 57
Fairview Junior
High School

01

Program
Elements.
02
03 04

The Collage

01 Urban Forest Resulting from the spaces in between the The centre of the site is processional space
02 Community Gardens buildings, the design of the landscape is that marks arrival, offers quiet spaces
03 Flexible Open Space
04 Amphitheatre (The Hill) an extension of the vision for the project at to wait, and carves out area for groups
large. Gradients from open to closed, hard to gather. As the largest scale outdoor
05 05 Outdoor Studio Terrace to soft, large to small, ordered to random, space within the confines of the site, The
06 Passenger Loading Zone
07 Bench Seating
and public to private expand a variety of Collage is where program between all three
08 Sculpture Garden program types into the landscape. buildings spill out and mix together - it’s
06 14 09 Outdoor Art Vitrine sculpture garden meets-event space-meets
07
The landscape plan can be understood as lobby zone. Here visitors simultaneously
10 Operable Wall/
09 Seasonal Entry a series of gathering spaces at different interact with all three buildings.
08
11 Dining Patio scales (for one, for a few or for many)
which support the IAC’s pillars of creation, Benches offer places to sit, while
12 Materials Loading Zone
13 Secondary Passenger Loading
exhibition, training and sharing. Vegetation, landscaped beds create a tapestry that
14 Staff Parking surface materials, and vertical elements shifts seasonally. Large scale art sculptures
create a variety of sensory experiences can be discovered throughout. A glass
across the site. Shifting combinations of vitrine provides protected space for the
Building Entry
14 scale and sense, in conjunction with a display of more environmentally sensitive
relationship to the adjacent programming works. The space is highly visible from
10
within the buildings, generates character Fairmount Drive, and the perfect location to
spaces that differ throughout the project host Indefinite’s community and holiday art
11
12 site. Nature is blended with art, and the site fairs.
13 is opened up for community use.
Studio Terrace
Fairmount Drive SE

Nested between the Black Box Theatre and


Fredson Drive SE
the Visual Arts Building, the Studio Terrace
directly connects to the studio space and

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overlooks the landscape to the north. Artists Fairmount Drive and Fredson Drive are lined
can take cover in this protected exterior with accessible parallel parking stalls. Staff
space to extend their craft outdoors. parking is located to the east of the Visual
Arts Building.
Patio
Deliveries, Garbage and Recycling
Located between the Visual Arts Building
and the café is The Patio: a sunny, south- Deliveries are received at the south end
facing space with fixed outdoor tables and of the site. A large overhead door links
chairs that provides visitors the option of the receiving area with back-of-house
enjoying their meals outdoors. The Patio circulation and storage in the lower level
looks directly into an adjacent gallery space of the Visual Arts Building. Garbage and
to the east, and out onto the street to the recycling is located here, concealed by
south. vegetation and a natural grade change
along the street edge. This zone is adjacent
Passenger Pick-up and Drop-Off to the neighborhood alleyway south of the
site.
Passenger drop-off and pick-up, including
services provided by Access Calgary, is
celebrated by being moved to the front
of the site. For days when weather is
inclement, the SE entry can also be used
by Access Calgary to drop-off passengers
immediately next to the building.

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Accessible Parallel Street Parking
Sidewalk + Access Aisle
Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure
Vehicular Zone

Sidewalk
GALLERY

Fairview Junior High School The Hill Indefinite Arts Centre Fredson Drive SE
(Residential Street)

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Green Infrastructure
Sidewalk
Southbound Bike Lane

Vehicular Zone

Northbound Bike Lane

(Collector Street)
Fairmount Drive SE
Accessible Parallel Parking +
Passenger Loading Zone
Sidewalk
Green Infrastructure

Indefinite Arts Centre


Woonerf

East-West Site Section


Future Integrated Civic Facility
Ball Diamond
Fulham Street SE

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Part Five.

Beyond
the Site.
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Program
Elements.
Although the building footprints are The streetscape edge is blurred by a new
constrained within a distinct area of urban forest, visually enhancing the road
operation, a cohesive master plan for while offering a sound and wind buffer
the project speaks to an integration to the fields beyond. Between the trees,
with neighbors on all sides of the site. meandering paths lead to pockets of
Connections to the north and east, as community gardens; a range of shaded and
well as improvements to the adjacent sunny beds where vegetables and plants
streetscape extends the vision into the can be grown by residents and students.
Fairview community at large. Integrated benches create spaces to meet,
chat, or read a book.
North Fields
As visitors move into the site, the paths
Much of the open park spaces to the merge into larger hard surfaced areas where
north of the project site is well used: grass community dance lessons and seniors
fields support soccer, football and other yoga classes are held. These spaces double
organized sports. That said, the area as assembly space for large audiences
immediately north of the Indefinite site, gathered to enjoy a late night movie or take
nested between Fairview Junior High and in a performance on the black box outdoor
the Indefinite parking lot, is not. stage. An outdoor firepit extends the use
of this space both into evening and into the
The design reclaims this space as colder months.
an outdoor amenity geared towards
performance, education and athletics –
outdoor infrastructure that both schools
and the community at large does not
currently have.

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Beyond the theatre, a new hill is rises and attractive shared entry that could host a new streetscape befitting the caliber Fredson Drive, as a residential street,
four meters into the air. Its west face, a a variety of activities for both facilities. and character of this significant linkage. incorporates accessible on-street parking
more gradual slope, creates landscaped Vehicular access to the north of the site – Fairmount Drive is envisioned as a collector and new street trees as green infrastructure.
amphitheatre seating for outdoor shows. At a suitable location for large-scale surface street: generous sidewalks, dedicated bike The curb cut for the woonerf is shifted east,
its top, visitors can see deep into Indefinite parking – is preserved while new features lanes and accessible on-street parking are further away from Fairmount Drive.
Art’s studio space. The east face creates such as furniture, planters, street trees, and framed by new street trees which line the
spectator seating for the existing sports benches limit vehicular speed, improve boulevards. New turning radii, and a more generous
fields. In the winter, children toboggan safety, and promote greater use of the pedestrian realm at the corner of Fairmount
while parents warm themselves alongside a circulation space. Pedestrian crossings are made more and Fredson reflect the updated street
community fire pit in front of the theatre. visible with ladder-style crosswalks. Curb profiles and provide a high degree of
The woornerf is a public amenity that could extensions significantly improve pedestrian visibility for drivers.
Woonerf be built now, bridging between the IAC crossings by reducing the pedestrian
and an anticipated future integrated civic crossing distances, visually and physically The proposed streetscape design is vibrant,
The arena site, immediately east of facility. narrowing the roadway, improving the safe, accessible and in line with best
the Indefinite Arts Centre, is slated for ability of pedestrians and motorists to practices for urban design
redevelopment; however, the scope and Streetscape see each other, and reducing the time
timing of this work is unknown. Regardless that pedestrians are in the street. New
of the program and scale of the future The existing streetscape design of curb ramps are located at the end of each
development, the space in between the Fairmount Drive and Fredson Drive falls crosswalk.
IAC and the east site must be considered in short of the character of the neighborhood.
order to ensure an integrated public realm Narrow sidewalks, lack of street parking and The transit stop is relocated south of the
for Fairview. no bike lanes contribute to higher speed intersection, creating the space for a visible
of vehicular traffic and reduced safety for loading and drop-off zone directly in front
A woonerf is envisioned as a link between pedestrians and cyclists. of the site, that does not impede on the
the two developments. As a social street, sidewalk.
one which privileges pedestrians over Informed by The City of Calgary’s Complete
vehicles, visitors are provided a liveable Streets Guideline, the new design proposes

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Part Six.

Schedule.
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Looking
Forward.

2018 Vision and


plan launched.

2019 Confirmation of
public support.

2020 Break ground on


construction.

1974 Groundbreaking
Ceremony for the Fairview
Community Hall.

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“My
imagination is
so many things” Jane Cameron, ‘Seabird’

Momo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre


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