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DIALOG opens its doors during Edmonton Design Week

The firm has two free exhibits in its lobby and will host an open house on Friday, Sept. 29.


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DIALOG’s Edmonton office

Taking part in the inaugural Edmonton Design Week (Sept. 22 to 30), engineering firm DIALOG has opened its doors to the public and will host two free installations — “City Blocks” and “Making of a Museum” — which will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how the firm designs projects like the Royal Alberta Museum and thinks about the city from a design perspective.

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City Blocks display in the lobby.

Hosted in the DIALOG’s lobby, “City Blocks” is a playful, interactive installation featuring 16-inch cubes that each represents a specific area of the city. As the cubes turn, different information pertaining to that one area of the city – from transportation connections to natural spaces – will be displayed.

“Making of a Museum” will similarly explore the design process, specifically the process behind the development of the highly anticipated Royal Alberta Museum.

A museum-style exhibit in the studio will showcase the story of the project which brought together each of DIALOG’s disciplines in a collaborative effort spanning over 10 years. After viewing the collection of “artifacts” from each discipline—including early sketches and models, material samples, and project milestones—visitors will leave with a better understanding of how the studio worked together on this project.

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Making of a Museum display.

The two exhibits will be complemented by an open house held on Friday, Sept. 29, where DIALOG designers will walk visitors through the installations and host guided tours of the working studio.

“Edmonton Design Week presents an opportunity for us to share an inside look at our process and projects with the community, and also spotlight the bright people who shape Edmonton’s urban landscape,” says Tai Ziola, principal at DIALOG. “Our design week team is a group of young leaders at the studio who are passionate about the city we share, and put these exhibits together to resonate with Edmontonians and visitors of all ages.”

Located at 100, 10237-104 Street NW, “City Blocks” and “Making of a Museum” will be open to the public from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the official website here.