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  • Pavilions, post WF....

    So this topic has been discussed a bit before in other posts, but I felt it merits its own thread...
    What do we do with all of the different pavilions when the world's fair is complete?
    Obviously many of the structures are set up as temporary installations, but many also become great legacy buildings, such as the Casino (France pavilion) and biodome (USA pavilion) in Montreal, and the cruise ship terminal (Canada Place) in Vancouver.
    The Worlds Fair would bring all kinds of tourism and attention to Edmonton during the event, but what kind of physical legacy do we want to leave once it's gone and left?





    The last thing I'd want to see is a remake of Hanover 2000, where several of the pavilions remain as hulking carcasses... shadow of their former self almost eight years later.

    What do you guys think... What are some creative solutions for pavilion re-use post WF?

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    This World's Fair bid will go into the process having the foresight on one question - How do we ensure our overall site plan includes re-use of pavilions not destined to be temporary, and how the vast majority of the temporary structures will be recycled. In short, this bid will carefully spell out its intended legacy or indeed legacies in terms of infrastructure, buildings/facilities, parks, and continued festivals.

    To say what "kind of structures" would be a little bit premature, as the site needs to be selected first. Legacy structures will differ if this is a river valley site, an airport site, a farmer's field, Northlands, or scattered throughout the city.

    Things I would expect however would be in terms of infrastructure, namely:
    1. LRT
    2. Signature access bridge to the core.
    3. Airport improvements
    4. Finally finishing Churchill
    5. Museums...yes plural.
    Last edited by RichardS; 21-05-2008, 02:30 PM.
    President and CEO - Airshow.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RichardS View Post
      To say what "kind of structures" would be a little bit premature, as the site needs to be selected first. Legacy structures will differ if this is a river valley site, an airport site, a farmer's field, Northlands, or scattered throughout the city.
      That's certainly one way of looking at it. On the other hand, I think it's potentially just as valid to consider things in reverse. Deciding what kind of legacy projects we need/desire and planning with those end goals in mind will certainly go a long way towards determining which sites are utilized.

      But I definitely agree with what you're saying. Planning this thing with a "cradle-to-cradle" mindset will ensure we make the most out of our decisions.

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      • #4
        Let's take the airport site as an example. Depending on what the city wants left behind (new world, hybrid use, keep 'er as is), the legacy buildings etc will be wildly different.

        River valley - do we get a cafe? A bridge that doubles as the site during the fair?

        Northlands. Does it get the racetrack and a huge convention center/arena?

        I know, simplistic examples, but that is the tip of the iceberg. Suffice to say, I'm sure that a combination of mixed use buildings followed with entertainment/recreational amenities are on everyone's list. Potential 0 emission or reduced footprint designs would be included.
        President and CEO - Airshow.

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        • #5
          NAIT. Nuff said. That school has been sqeezed between kingsway, the airport, and the 118 traffic circle for decades. Give it double the land mass and the buildings to boot, and the school will suddenly explode on the world stage.

          At a point where trades and technologies are paramount (and NAIT happens to specialize in) it's a perfect scenario.

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          • #6
            ^ Exactly.
            More room for NAIT = no more suburban satellite campuses
            “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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            • #7
              ^ That's the kind of thing I was thinking of. What better legacy is there than something that can continue to educate and innovate long after the fair has left? ... Especially if technology/education/industry are themes addressed by the expo in any way.
              I very much like the idea of some of the muni lands being handed over to NAIT for new college buildings and residences, plus an associated research-park facility for public/private initiatives. The SMARTPARK at the UofM in Winnipeg has been very successful to date. I'd like to see more of that sort of cooperation develop here in Edmonton between our top-notch educational institutions and the private sector.

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