WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809

Oh boy, conflicting emotions about this one.

I would like it more if the materials were salvaged after the exhibit. Couldn’t find anything that indicated that this is so.

Anyone from Calgary want to check in and let us know if any of these materials are going to ReStoreCalgary?


In May 2013, eleven houses will be demolished on 5th avenue NW in Sunnyside. Small and weathered, the entire strip of homes will be re-developed into one dense apartment block, taking shape over the next few years. Done in the name of progress, efficiency, and value per square foot, this is a familiar Calgary tale – wrecking balls followed by a flurry of worker bees, and a new beige structure emerges from the rubble of outdated-bordering-on-antique architecture. For better or for worse, this is just how Calgary works.

Despite the nostalgia of working in a neighbourhood soon to be destroyed and redeveloped, WRECK CITY is an optimistic experiment, creating wildly exciting potentials for the participants. Artists will be free to radically alter the architecture of entire houses, re-shaping and using materials from the homes themselves, without the need for repair at the end of the project. The project will pay tribute to the history of the spaces, serving as a swan song for the lives lived within these homes, and a celebration of the mysteries held within their walls.


Read the entire description via The Awesome Foundation : WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809.