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ICONOMY Exhibition

July 21 - August 06, 2016
1006 MacLeod Trail SE Calgary, AB T2G 2M7

The Design Talks Institute (d.talks) in partnership with The Stride Art Gallery Association will host an exhibition to further explore two earlier d.talks discussions on heritage architecture. The exhibition will be held at The Stride Gallery, 1006 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, from July 21 – August 6, 2016 with Gallery Reception on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:00pm.

ICONOMY the economy of our local iconic fabric

This exhibition expands upon initial ideas developed in two earlier d.talks discussions on heritage architecture. Seeking to highlight the intangible economic benefits of the Brutalist Education Centre Building and the Modernist Lacey Court Building, the two ICONOMY events posed an architectural prompt: What to do with the existing building while addressing pressures for growth? How do we negotiate the challenge of “densification” into “possibility”? Six architectural and design firms responded to that prompt, exploring the two buildings’ possibilities for new future. This exhibition presents the diverse approaches to adaptive re-use. From light touch to mild intervention to dramatic alteration, each practice unveils architectural exploration and the complexity of decisions one must confront when deciding the significance of the existing.


bioi. is a multi-faceted design and build practice founded in 2011 by Jordan Allen and Ryan Trefz emerging from an industry-wide lack of care, craft and innovation. (

FAAS is a studio of designers, builders and placemakers and co-founded by James Andalis and Michael Farrar in 2011. (

Modern office of Design and Architecture (MoDA) is a critical Architectural and Interior Design studio founded by principals Dustin Couzens and Ben Klumper in 2013. (

Nyhoff Architecture, established in 2009 by Kevin and Mairi Nyhoff, is a design focused office with a range of adaptive reuse, arts and community based projects informed by a deep research and sense of place (

Founded in 2013, SPECTACLE is an internationally oriented office working across the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and object design, which seeks opportunities to critically examine and influence our cities. (

Studio North is a design+build practice founded in 2013 by Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson, connecting design with building and craft. (

About d.talks

Started in 2013, Design Talks Institute (d.talks) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the education and public understanding of art, architecture and design in the built environment. Serving as a public forum, our discussions and exhibitions foster dialogue that brings together multiple perspectives. More information can be found at: poster_


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