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Tale of two libraries: Edmonton design backlash morphs into rivalry with Calgary

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EDMONTON — The pitched reaction to Edmonton’s remodelled downtown library has morphed into the latest instalment of the city’s rivalry with its southern neighbour Calgary.

Renovations on the Stanley A. Milner Library have been going on for months, but this week Edmontonians took notice of the dark, angular, futuristic redesign.

Memes have surfaced online comparing the building to everything from a military tank to a cruise ship. Some have posted side-by-side photos of Calgary’s award-winning Central Library and its Edmonton counterpart.

Edmonton Public Library CEO Pilar Martinez said much of the online backlash against the redesign came as a shock to staff.

“We were dismayed, particularly given that the project has been underway for over 2 1/2 years and it has been in a similar state for several months,” Martinez said.

The building has been closed since 2016 and is not scheduled to reopen until next February.

“People need to give it some time before they make a final judgment on the appearance of the exterior.”

Much of the furor seems to stem from the difference between artist renderings released before construction and what people are seeing now.

Martinez said the project has undergone some changes. Renovations were initially budgeted at $62.5 million and increased to $84.5 million after asbestos was removed and the old building was brought up to code.

She also said it isn’t fair to compare Edmonton’s library with Calgary’s new building because both cities have different histories and municipal budgets.

At $245 million, Calgary Central Library cost almost triple that of the Edmonton renovations.

“Unlike Calgary, we were working within an existing structure,” Martinez said. “That brought with it having to work around pillars … and not being absolutely free in creating a space from scratch — and there are some advantages to that.

“We shouldn’t be pitted against each other.”

She’s hoping people will have a different reaction when the library reopens its doors.

“I hope people will give us a chance,” Martinez said. “They should experience it in its fullness, rather than what it looks like at the moment.”

Trevor Boddy, a Vancouver-based architecture critic, said the Edmonton library was designed from the inside out.

“What you have are these multi-levels of bridges and spaces to study, talk, walk and even have coffee with light streaming down from above,” said Boddy, who grew up in Edmonton.

“I think it will be the first building of the 21st century in downtown Edmonton — and good on them.”

He noted that Toronto-based architect Stephen Teeple, who designed the building, also designed the Clareview recreation centre in northeast Edmonton and the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum outside Grande Prairie, Alta.

Teeple Architects did not respond to a request for comment.

Historically, Edmonton has had a more advanced art and architecture scene, Boddy said,  but in the last couple of decades Calgary has surged ahead because the city has more money and a larger community of designers.

“There always has been a rivalry and always will be,” he said. “I don’t necessarily think it is a bad thing.”

Boddy pointed out that the new Calgary library was not well received before it opened late last year.

Many questioned whether it would be viable to have light-rail transit run below it, and the building was also compared to an ocean liner.

“To me, controversy around a new building is usually a sign that something has gone right, not wrong,” Boddy said.

“That’s because they are doing something unusual, innovative or groundbreaking that catches the eye, which might scare people or confuse people, but then they go on to be much loved.”

Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

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Can GitHub help you get a job?

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By: Shane Calder, 132 ENG

Why GitHub?

If you are new to writing code or wonder what GitHub is. GitHub is a code hosting platform for collaboration and version control.

GitHub lets you (and others) work together on projects. By the numbers 2.1 million organizations use it, 31 million developers are actively using GitHub. It’s a good chance if you are actively looking for a job, potential employers might use the service.

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Here is when it matters.

If you are:

  • A New Grad
  • Experienced but want to transition into a new role
  • You are changing careers and have upgraded your skills
  • Self Taught or a Boot Camp Junky  

A repository can give you a platform to show off your skills, what you love to work on and an idea of what skills you have.

I have completed a few Nano Degrees at Udacity and they offer some great courses to get you started for free with GitHub. Udacity free courses can be found here.

There are 4 courses that are geared to help someone develop a repository. Udacity does this to help students build a portfolio. Github can also be used for free- here is a link to the service.

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When it doesn’t matter.

If you are a known developer and have experience it is less important when hiring managers. Even if you don’t use this service hiring managers will take you through white board interviews to get a feel on how you write code, how you think and interact.

Open Source Projects

Are you big on social impact or just love to code? There are millions of open source projects to work on. Open source projects are a great place to gain some real world experience if you are just starting out.

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If you have years of experience it’s a great way to give back.  You can look for great projects at GitHub Open Source.

GitHub can help you through the screening and interview process, but having said that not all employers look at your code. So have fun with the platform, work on projects you enjoy and be part of a larger community. Who knows, it might lead you to a wonderful career!

 

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Contact: Shane Calder, Principal- shane.calder@132eng.com

132 ENG is an exclusive Engineering and Technical Services Company, providing placement and recruiting services.

Discover our real results. 132Eng experts have proven expertise and depth of knowledge that is powerful. Let us make it easy, save you time and make you look amazing. It will be our secret.

 

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RDCRS celebrates International Education Week

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RDCRS celebrates International Education Week

As part of International Education Week (November 12-16), Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools would like to celebrate the 51 students from across the globe who are enrolled in the international student services program.

International students enroll in a middle or high school to benefit from the education and cultural experiences while studying in Red Deer. Some students also strive to graduate with an Alberta high school diploma and then attend university, which will allow them to be employable in their home country.

“Having international students in the classroom is beneficial. Canadian students get the opportunity to learn about various cultures. International students get to receive the Canadiancultural experience,” said Program Director, Paul Stewart of International Student Sevices.

For more information on international education week, click here… 

Here’s a feature on one of our recent students from Japan!

 

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