Strathcona Schoolhouse Condo – Community, Art and Greening

Posted on: June 23rd, 2010 by Heather

Projects in Place is working with Take Root Properties Inc. in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Take Root has recently completed the conversion the historic schoolhouse on East Georgia into 5 townhouse residences. The project achieved LEED platinum designation and the design pays homage to its historical context. Read more about School House at: http://www.tkrt.com).

Never content to rest once a project is built, Take Root are always looking to find ways to contribute to give something back to the community. Enter Projects In Place: Over the next couple months, we will be working with Take Root to design and install outdoor gathering spaces, art displays and other interesting elements that will not only green the building and surrounding landscape, but contribute to the community as well.

The main source of this inspiration is an outdoor art piece, by Strathcona resident and artist, Wendy Sexsmith, entitled “”. The purpose of the installation is to encourage other artists to contribute pieces to Strathcona’s streets and alleys to celebrate the neighborhood’s artistic talents and showcase them in public places, such as streets and alleys.

The current shopping list of ideas is:

  1. Gathering Bench at Corner
  2. Edible Boulevard
  3. Seating for a Window Art Gallery
  4. Art Alley installation posts and vine trellis
  5. Green Dormers

The challenge is to provide this vision on a budget of $5,000.

Our initial meeting lead to some chalkboard discussions.

More updates to follow.

Travis Martin

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