Sunday, June 4, 2017

Modernist gem under threat.------Why it’s endangered The former Royal Alberta Museum closed its doors in December 2015 and its collections are being moved to a new building slated to open in 2018. Though no decision has been made on the future of the former RAM, the Government of Alberta released a RFP in March to complete demolition/deconstruction assessment and develop a plan to redevelop the site into an open green space. The roof of the building reportedly needs repair, but otherwise it is in excellent condition. An adaptive use of this high-quality and much loved building is surely the more sustainable choice.

Julie Ali
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I agree with June Acorn that our public dollars invested in the RAM should not be wasted by tearing it down.
Petition gathers support for RAM building
Alberta Infrastructure is currently exploring options, with tearing it down as only one of many.
June Acorn has started an online petition to “save” the former home of the Royal Alberta Museum.
KEVIN TUONG/FOR METRO
June Acorn has started an online petition to “save” the former home of the Royal Alberta Museum.
By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Tue Mar 08 2016
A petition to save the soon-to-be-replaced Royal Alberta Museum has collected more than 1,200 signatures in just 48 hours.
Alberta Infrastructure is exploring ideas for the future of the structure, including finding new tenants, refreshing the building or — gasp — even tearing it down.
Right now, the province is exploring that last option, putting out a call for design ideas for the “potential redevelopment of the RAM into public green space.”
For June Acorn, who created the petition, that was the last straw.
Acorn said the museum is a fixture in the city she's lived in her entire life. She took her kids to see the dioramas and more recently, walked the grounds with her husband.
“Aside from the fact that we’re in an economic recession, why would we spend money destroying what we have?" she said. "I can’t even believe its even being contemplated.”
Acorn started the online petition Sunday, which describes the museum as “a true gem of modernist yet historic Alberta architecture.”
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Why not repurpose the museum? It's a beauty and it belongs to all Albertans.
Government in Alberta is wasteful and the habit of tearing down public buildings to invest yet more public dollars in new facilities as has been the practice with our hospitals that were destroyed is dumb. We should be frugal and prudent with public dollars.
So far with both the PCs and the NDPCs I have seen no evidence of fiscal prudence. Instead there is a tendency for political parties to see the public bank as a way to build relationships with the elite and corporations rather than the people of Alberta. We've seen our money given to big oil in the form of an interest free loan to help them out in their liability of the orphan well program.
We've seen government flush with cash give to the private continuing care providers who get 50% of their infrastructure and therefore their real estate investments covered by us.
What about us? Why can't we have some of our projects covered by the public bank. We pay for it all. Why can't we save the RAM?
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Petition gathers support for RAM building

Alberta Infrastructure is currently exploring options, with tearing it down as only one of many.

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June Acorn has started an online petition to “save” the former home of the Royal Alberta Museum.
KEVIN TUONG/FOR METRO
June Acorn has started an online petition to “save” the former home of the Royal Alberta Museum.
By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Tue Mar 08 2016
A petition to save the soon-to-be-replaced Royal Alberta Museum has collected more than 1,200 signatures in just 48 hours.

Alberta Infrastructure is exploring ideas for the future of the structure, including finding new tenants, refreshing the building or — gasp — even tearing it down.

Right now, the province is exploring that last option, putting out a call for design ideas for the “potential redevelopment of the RAM into public green space.”

For June Acorn, who created the petition, that was the last straw.

Acorn said the museum is a fixture in the city she's lived in her entire life. She took her kids to see the dioramas and more recently, walked the grounds with her husband.

“Aside from the fact that we’re in an economic recession, why would we spend money destroying what we have?" she said. "I can’t even believe its even being contemplated.”

Acorn started the online petition Sunday, which describes the museum as “a true gem of modernist yet historic Alberta architecture.”

The issue of what to do with the building has been raised because the museum is moving to its new downtown location, which will open sometime in 2019.

Tracy Larsen, a spokesperson for Alberta Infrastructure, stresses that deadline leaves time to decide what to do with the old RAM.

“The options we could look at are reusing or repurposing the facility, or it could be demolishing or deconstructing it. This proposal is just one possible option,” she said.

Even when the new museum opens, Acorn said she’ll still have a soft spot for the old one.

Her son, scientist and broadcaster John Acorn ‘the Nature Nut,’ rode his bike to the museum as a young teenager, she said.

“It was a comfortable place to go, it was an easy place for kids to go, it wasn’t intimidating,” she said.

“And it sounds like our new 'world class' museum, it isn’t going to be the sort of place a young boy could ride to on his bike.”







Julie Ali
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We should not be having to yap endlessly to the NDP folks in government about the saving of this gem.
It's a wonderful place and deserving of repurposing.
Sign the petition by June Acorn folks!
It's a good thing.

Former Royal Alberta Museum one of National Trust for Canada's Top 10 Endangered Places.
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Former Royal Alberta Museum


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Photo: Kurt Bauschardt

Modernist gem under threat.

Location

Edmonton, Alberta

Why it matters

Set on the park-like grounds of Government House overlooking the North Saskatchewan River, the former Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) building is a stunning example of Midcentury Modern architecture. Opened in 1967 as part of the federal government’s Confederation Memorial Centennial Program, the exterior blends the Brutalist architectural style with dramatically cut Manitoba Tyndall stone, while the interior features extensive marble and brass fittings. Its south facade is adorned with carvings reproducing the First Nations petroglyph designs from Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. To generations of Albertans, the museum is a cherished place associated with fond memories of discovery and wonder.

Why it’s endangered

The former Royal Alberta Museum closed its doors in December 2015 and its collections are being moved to a new building slated to open in 2018. Though no decision has been made on the future of the former RAM, the Government of Alberta released a RFP in March to complete demolition/deconstruction assessment and develop a plan to redevelop the site into an open green space. The roof of the building reportedly needs repair, but otherwise it is in excellent condition. An adaptive use of this high-quality and much loved building is surely the more sustainable choice.






Please sign the petition at change.org Save the museum in old Glenora

Former Royal Alberta Museum one of National Trust for Canada's Top 10 Endangered Places.
NATIONALTRUSTCANADA.CA
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June Acorn Thank you so very much for your support Julie Ali

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Julie Ali You are doing great on this project. All Albertans should thank you.

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