This past weekend, Calgarians got to see their city like never before: naked.

The first ever Doors Open YYC took place on Saturday and Sunday and the rough estimates are saying that more than 15,000 people took in the events all around the city.
In case you aren’t familiar, Door Open YYC is a world wide initiative that sees city’s open up their doors to its citizen for a once in a lifetime look into the inner workings of buildings like City Hall, Transit, monuments, tourist attractions and so much more.
I was excited to participate because there are so many buildings that I go by every day and I have no idea what they do or who works there. I spent two days trying to see as much as I could, here are some photographic highlights.
The Water Centre:
Beautiful building that sits on the edge of Ramsay. So many amazing things about it that can be summed up with the fact that is made of 95% recycled materials. It’s stunning and it was hard to pick only a few photos to post.

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The Traffic Management Centre
This was cool because Doors Open is really the only time you would see the inside of this building. We got to go to the Traffic Management Control Room, which is basically where they control all the city’s traffic cameras and lights. Did you know that there are 1,000 intersections in Calgary that have traffic lights!
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Calgary Folk Festival’s new Festival Hall
The paint was barely dry on the Festival Hall when we went to visit it, but you can already tell that’s it’s going to be a great venue for musicians. On top of that, it’s also a fascinating structure that uses many “Green” advances as well as fitting perfectly into Inglewood’s historic neighbourhood.

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King Edward School
For more than ten years, the King Edward School has sat abandoned, now thanks to a group of dedicated Calgarians, the building will re-open and serve as a creative space for dozens of artists at a time. As a part of Doors Open, the school was patterned with We Should Know Each Other and offered us the chance to wander down the once-empty hallways and explore the schools history. If that wasn’t enough, there was also a room full of balloons and remote control chair. It really does take very little for me to be excited by things.
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Such a fun weekend, hopefully you had just as much fun as me!


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Mike Morrison

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