Nestled in the heart of Kensington, at the corner of 2nd Ave and 9th St., is patch of land affectionately known as the ‘Triangle Space’. Previously occupied by a City-owned warehouse, the building was demolished in 2012, opening a huge expanse of prime real estate and world of possibilities for the Sunnyside community.
When they learned that the land would remain vacant for a few years, members of the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association and the Bow to Bluff Initiative for Place Making approached the City with an idea. The space could be used as a multi-purpose creative hub; a place that would foster innovation, cultivate connections within the community and explore the possibility of vacant urban spaces. The AREA, the Permaculture Guild and Springboard Performance we brought onboard as collaborators and idea began to take shape.
The project was dubbed ContainR, for the dozen or so shipping containers that would make up the core of the space. Mobile and relatively inexpensive, recycled shipping containers have become the darling of the temporary urban architecture world and were a perfect fit for the Triangle Space. In the fall of 2013 the group broke ground on the project; the first two containers were installed and the Gaia Girls and the Dirt Boys, along with Permaculture Guild volunteers, created a garden plot and planted fruit trees. On October 13, 2013, Councilor Druh Farrell cut the ribbon at the group’s grand opening.
ContainR is now gearing up for a full season as Calgary’s first village of pop-up venues. At full build-out, ContainR will be home to demonstration gardens, local food, kiosks, a performance stage, a library and experimental workspaces. Who knows, there might even be some rooftop pollinators!
For more information and to learn about upcoming events at ContainR, check out these links: