Making Space for Creativity: Designing for Collaboration

Learn how three projects of different scales have successfully become centres for collaboration.
Join Artscape’s Pru Robey, Director, Creative Placemaking Lab, Joe Lobko, architect of innovative new collaborative centres such as Evergreen Brickworks and Artscape Wychwood Barns, and Jay Dodge, founding member of Vancouver’s Progress Lab 1422 for a discussion of new ways to think about designing collaborative creative and cultural infrastructure.

Emerging creative and cultural practice has placed an increased emphasis on collaborative, cross-sector and multi-platform approaches to creation, production and distribution. Much of this is driven by the potential of new “technologies of collaboration”. What were once considered set-in-stone distinctions between not-for-profit and for-profit cultural and creative enterprises are now increasingly unclear. At the same time, creative practitioners are more and more interested in crossing disciplinary and generational boundaries in their work.

Collaboration and convergence across cultural, creative and environmental spheres means that we need to think about our cultural and creative infrastructure in new ways. As new models and new combinations emerge, the ways in which cultural activity is organized and the sorts of cultural spaces that are required is also evolving.

This webinar answers questions such as:

  • What are the challenges in designing shared spaces from both an architect’s and practitioner’s perspective?
  • What design aspects are important when creating a collaborative space?
  • How can collaborative space work on different scales and budgets?
Evergreen Brick Works
Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability, Evergreen Brick Works is both a stage and incubator for Evergreen’s programs. In 2010, Evergreen Brick Works was named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic.

Artscape Wychwood Barns
Artscape Wychwood Barns is a community cultural hub where a dynamic mix of arts, culture, food security, urban agriculture, environmental and other community activities and initiatives have come together to provide a new lease on life for a century-old former streetcar repair facility. This multi-faceted complex is home to 26 artist live/work spaces, programming and administrative facilities for 10 not-for-profit organizations, 14 artists’ studios, indoor and outdoor growing areas, a community-run gallery and an 8,000-square-foot Covered Street used for farmers' and art markets, conferences and events.

Progress Lab 1422
Progress Lab 1422 (PL1422) is an exciting new rehearsal and development hub located in Vancouver’s east side. Founded by a consortium of four indie arts and culture organizations (Boca Del Lupo, Electric Company Theatre, Neworld Theatre and Rumble Productions), PL1422 is a 7,000 square foot former garment factory now featuring a full-size rehearsal hall as well as administration offices for the four companies. The hub is named after Progress Lab, the larger informal and co-operative arts network that counts these companies as members.

About the Presenters:
Joe Lobko: With over 30 years of experience as an architect and urban designer, Joe has a broad range of experience on public and private developments with particular emphasis on urban design, adaptive reuse and the non-profit sector. In 2006, he joined DTAH as a partner with the merger of his practice Joe Lobko Architect, and in the same year he received an urban leadership award from the Canadian Urban Institute and became a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2012 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. Volunteer efforts include serving on the Board of Directors for ArtsBuild Ontario, past chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, and as a current member of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel.

Jay Dodge/Progress Lab 1422: The Artistic Producer of Boca del Lupo since 2001, Jay Dodge was also part of the founding collective in 1996. Acting as a writer, performer, producer and designer within the company, his hallmark is one of invention and daring. In the five years of his tenure as Artistic Producer, Boca del Lupo won the peer assessed Alcan Performing Arts Award, and has won several Jesse Richardson Theatre Awards including seven nominations for the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation. Jay is also a co-founder of both Source Studio and PL1422 and comes with a background in design and construction.

Pru Robey: Pru joined Artscape in 2007 and takes the lead in new project research and development and major research initiatives. She led the research, partnership development and sector engagement process to build the vision and case for Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, and is now leading Artscape’s efforts to develop a major new facility to support creative sector entrepreneurship while also exploring the development community cultural resources in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.
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