Edmonton’s downtown is currently a hotbed of activity with the arena and museum projects, new tower construction, and community revitalization. I believe there’s an opportunity here to reface or paint some of Downtown Edmonton’s existing highrises along with the new development. For all the home renovators out there, think of this as freshening up a few rooms with a new coat of paint while making an addition to your house.
In my opinion, the brown and beige office towers, apartments, and condos in the area bounded by 101st street to 107th street and 98th ave to Jasper ave are most in need of some care and attention. These are the buildings from the 1970s and 1980s that followed the style of the “brutalist architecture” of exposed concrete. Towers like Coast Hotel, JACOBS, Chateau Lacombe, Telus Tower, ATB Financial (new and old), and SunLife Financial. All could see exterior revitalization like Park Hill Flats in Sheffield, England. Edmonton could feature artists (local and beyond) who can bring a fresh, vibrant look to our downtown using whole buildings as their canvas.
— Matt Edwards (@wastedgenius) July 30, 2014
Upon sharing this idea on Twitter, there seem to be a number of like-minded individuals who support this. My challenge is how does one move this from idea to reality? I’ve created a project on MakeSomethingEdmonton.ca to help reach a broader audience. Please share this post or the Make Something Edmonton project with the folks you know, leave your comments and ideas below, or contact me directly on one of the many social media platforms.