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Musical Cities

The National Music Center Creates a New Music District in Alberta

— October 1, 2009 — Pop Culture
Allied Works Architecture was selected to design the National Music Center as part of a plan to redevelop the East Village in Calgary, AB. The center will be the first of its kind for Canada and will be a museum, an educational facility and a performance space. The proposal is a five-story building that will incorporate the historic King Edward Hotel, a legendary blues house. The National Music Center will provide 80,000 sqf of new space for the Cantos Music Foundation’s growing collection. 

Andrew Mosker, executive director of the Cantos Music Foundation believe that Allied Works, “...will give us an innovative building that fits with Calgary, Alberta, the West and is symbolic of something that is truly uniquely Canadian.”
Trend Themes
1. Music Tourism - The National Music Center in Calgary, AB is creating a new music district, which presents opportunities to attract tourists interested in exploring the music culture of the city.
2. Music Education - The National Music Center's design as an educational facility highlights the trend of integrating music education into cultural institutions, providing an opportunity for collaborative learning experiences.
3. Historic Preservation - The incorporation of the historic King Edward Hotel into the National Music Center showcases the importance of preserving historic buildings, presenting opportunities in the field of historic preservation.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - The selection of Allied Works Architecture to design the National Music Center highlights the potential for disruptive innovation in the field of architectural design, particularly in creating innovative and culturally significant buildings.
2. Museums - The National Music Center's role as a museum signifies an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the museum industry, such as integrating interactive technology and immersive exhibits to enhance visitor engagement.
3. Music Industry - The development of a new music district by the National Music Center presents opportunities for disruptive innovations in the music industry, such as fostering collaboration between musicians, venues, and music-related businesses.
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