Starting in the summer, Josh Taron, associate professor of architecture and co-director of the Laboratory for Integrative Design, and his team of students in the Faculty of Environmental Design devised, built and erected Furbaniture for Walk21 Calgary, an international conference on walkability taking place in this city this week.
The pieces, which are intentionally designed to be higher than a bench and lower than a table, can fit together in different ways to “re-program” a street or other urban outdoor spaces. They can be configured to create parklets on streets, extend outdoor patios off restaurants and bars, create a pop-up street festival or any other one of a myriad of creative uses yet to be dreamed up.Read more
It’s got to be the best kept tech secret in town.
On the 15th floor of a modest downtown office tower, a Calgary-based enterprise software company is bursting at the seams.
And no, it’s not a new company that has been attracted from far away to set up shop in town to take advantage of the talent pool, bargain-priced office space and an affordable standard of living.
Three years ago today, oil traded at nearly $107 US a barrel. Things were looking pretty bright in Calgary that summer day. The city was rebuilding from the flood the year before, the job market was tight, salaries high, the real estate market was busy and prices buoyant.
However, by the end of the market day, oil had lost a little more than a dollar, beginning the brutal climbdown that pushed Alberta into an agonizing recession.Read more
Planes, trains and driverless automobiles — it’s a future not far off for Calgary.
A pilot project to be presented to the city’s transportation committee Wednesday would, if approved, begin testing a low-speed autonomous shuttle service in the city in 2018.Read more
The head of Calgary Economic Development is in California this week, hoping to lure tech companies further north.
Mary Moran says Calgary has the potential to be the next Silicon Valley — though another Canadian region between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo is already laying claim to the title "Silicon Valley North."Read more
Calgary sits in second place out of 10 Canadian cities for its socio-economic and physical health — while Edmonton sits third from the bottom, the Conference Board of Canada says.
Its City Health Monitor, released Tuesday morning, compares Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax.Read more
When Kelly Bruce was laid off from her job, it ended a 17-year career working in the oilpatch corporate office towers in downtown Calgary. The news came on a Wednesday in January, and at first she was in shock. The next day she was angry. By Friday, she was over it and knew exactly what she was going to do next.
Using her severance pay, Bruce turned her online stationery store from a hobby into a new career.Read more
As renovations continue at the old King Edward School in South Calgary, which is being converted into an "incubator" space for professional artists to work and collaborate, dozens of tenants have now signed on to be part of the project.
Dubbed cSPACE, the conversion of the century-old sandstone school has been in the works for years, and is now approaching completion.Read more
Researchers have achieved quantum teleportation over the farthest distance yet outside of the lab, sending the quantum state of a photon across more than 3.7 miles in an actual metropolitan network.
The experiments were conducted using ‘dark’ cables under the city of Calgary in Canada, and mark a major step toward the ultimate goal of a quantum Internet as researchers finally begin tests in real-world contexts.Read more
The City of Calgary today celebrated a groundbreaking event for the Stoney Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage and Transit Facility.
The new 44,300 square metre facility will provide storage and maintenance space for Calgary Transit’s new fleet of CNG buses, as well as diesel buses that are currently stored outside the City’s other bus garages. The complex will be capable of housing a minimum of 424 buses, 36 maintenance bays, two steam cleaning bays, on-site compressed natural gas fuelling infrastructure, and associated staff facilities.Read more