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    http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/edmo.../16097856.html

    More rehearsal space, a centre for youth programming and a housing complex for seniors who have worked in the arts are just some of the expansion plans being considered at the Winspear Centre, says its executive director.

    Annemarie Petrov, however, says plans to expand the entire back end of the downtown Winspear are still in the preliminary stages.

    Initial plans, says Petrov, could see the entire parking lot east of the building wiped out and replaced with studios, recital spaces and living accommodations.

    Developing the parking lot could require months of consultations with the public, artists and the entire arts community, says Petrov.

    “Many groups have already identified that there is a need for smaller performance spaces,” said Petrov.

    “The Winspear holds up to 1,900 people and that’s a fairly a big space to fill, and for a lot of the groups (in Edmonton), that’s too large.

    “It’s been identified that a small recital hall could be very valuable in the city.”

    Petrov says there’s also a need for housing spaces for arts-focused seniors.
    Petrov wouldn’t comment on how much the entire expansion would cost, but a consultation process to build the addition could hover around $150,000.

    Officials with the Winspear will be asking city council to partially pay for the studies, which could include a conceptual plan.
    How about a high-rise to accommodate all of the above?
    “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

  • #2
    Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/edmo.../16097856.html

    More rehearsal space, a centre for youth programming and a housing complex for seniors who have worked in the arts are just some of the expansion plans being considered at the Winspear Centre, says its executive director.

    Annemarie Petrov, however, says plans to expand the entire back end of the downtown Winspear are still in the preliminary stages.

    Initial plans, says Petrov, could see the entire parking lot east of the building wiped out and replaced with studios, recital spaces and living accommodations.

    Developing the parking lot could require months of consultations with the public, artists and the entire arts community, says Petrov.

    “Many groups have already identified that there is a need for smaller performance spaces,” said Petrov.

    “The Winspear holds up to 1,900 people and that’s a fairly a big space to fill, and for a lot of the groups (in Edmonton), that’s too large.

    “It’s been identified that a small recital hall could be very valuable in the city.”

    Petrov says there’s also a need for housing spaces for arts-focused seniors.
    Petrov wouldn’t comment on how much the entire expansion would cost, but a consultation process to build the addition could hover around $150,000.

    Officials with the Winspear will be asking city council to partially pay for the studies, which could include a conceptual plan.
    How about a high-rise to accommodate all of the above?
    Why do they need a high-rise?
    Vision - The art of seeing the invisible

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    • #3
      I like the idea of something related, like smaller recital halls. Properly done, that would really enhance the Winspear.

      Of course, we could have a fighting arena for UFC tilts...
      "Talk minus action equals zero." - Joe Keithley, D. O. A.

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      • #4
        hopefully whatever they build is not finished with silver metal and blond brick or stone as much a one architect in this city loves those as their preferred envelope finishes
        Still waiting for the Arlington site to be reborn .......

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Blueline View Post
          hopefully whatever they build is not finished with silver metal and blond brick or stone as much a one architect in this city loves those as their preferred envelope finishes
          We wouldn't want it to match the existing building or the rest of the Civic Quarter, would we?
          Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The_Cat View Post
            Of course, we could have a fighting arena for UFC tilts...
            Hahaha it would have been cool if it went through
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            • #7
              I would love to see something similar to this with a market condo tower on top.


              (http://www.toronto.ca/tuda/winners/2...t%20School.jpg)


              Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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              • #8
                ^ This is the National Ballet School in Toronto surrounded by a development called "Radio City". (The condos on the left side and at the rear of the picture.) Note the new vs old, which is not a requirement for the Winspear project. This design would definitely look good on the east side of the Winspear.

                Might want to dig up an image of the Opera Hall in Toronto which was build in the early part of the decade. I would but I'm all thumbs posting images here.

                BTW, it's called "Radio City" because these old buildings were part of the national studios for CBC before they moved to the Front Street complex twenty years ago. However, the Red Lion, the pub that Lloyd Robertson used to fuel up at before doing the National in the 70s is still pouring libations across the street.
                Last edited by PJC; 13-11-2010, 11:46 AM.

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                • #9
                  Well because the Winspear is not that old and I don't think it would be too difficult to duplicate the existing facade. I can imagine any addition will simply look like further extension to the current building, especially at ground level. I think the only thing that would be nice though is I would hope that they could find a way for the building to interact with pedestrians a little bit better. I'm also curious where they plan on relocating the stage door. Also, I wonder if they intend to have some of their own parking or will they be relying on parking from around the rest of the area?
                  LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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                  • #10
                    Expanding the Winspear could only be a plus. Rather than just a concert hall it could evolve more towards being a Performing Arts Centre that compliments the Citadel across the street.

                    Also one less vacant lot in the core

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                    • #11
                      ^exactly, er bingo! One less lot, much better street interaction, and wonderful new performance and venue spaces.


                      Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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                      • #12


                        Ok. This is the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. On University between Queen and Richmond. For some perspective on what design could be east of Winspear.
                        Last edited by PJC; 15-11-2010, 11:12 AM.

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                        • #13
                          That picture reminds me of the old bugs bunny bit where the construction worker could not flush em out ...so they ended up with this concrete bunny tower thats surrronded by a new building.....lol
                          Funny but only in cartoon, in reality it's a lazy idea.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mercucio View Post


                            Ok. This is the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto. On University between Queen and Richmond. For some perspective on what design could be east of Winspear.
                            It should be noted that the Queen Street facade of the Four Seasons (the street on the far left of the picture, going 'away' from the viewer) is a wasted opportunity that presents passersby with advertisements, brick, and no storefronts.
                            I think of art, at its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. —Marshall McLuhan

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                            • #15
                              Request for Expressions of Interest

                              An update on this project:

                              As the Francis Winspear Centre for Music celebrates its 15th year as one of Edmonton’s arts jewels in the downtown core, the organization is seeking to fulfill long-term needs identified by the community for an additional performance hall of 400 to 600 seats, studio space, and improved support space for the entire facility. This expansion will allow increased capacity for education, outreach, and partnership with businesses and other arts organizations, while enhancing the city’s cultural vibrancy. What is now a surface parking lot will be transformed into a mixed-use building that combines commercial, residential or hotel uses with approximately 40,000 square feet of cultural expansion space.

                              The Winspear Centre is inviting qualified developers to submit Expressions of Interest for development of the expansion site through a public/private partnership.

                              The site is located in the heart of Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District, on the west side of 97 Street between 102 and 102A Avenues, within walking distance of City Hall, Canada Place, the Shaw Conference Centre, Churchill Square and the River Valley. It also sits on the doorstep of the newly approved Downtown Quarters redevelopment area. The site is accessible by car, bus, LRT and the pedway system.

                              The expansion reinforces the Winspear Centre’s long-term strategic plan to increase community impact and engagement, viability, and operational capacity as Edmonton furthers its revitalization of downtown and strengthens the already vibrant Arts district.

                              The Request for Expressions of Interest document is available here: http://www.winspearcentre.com/expansion/

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