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The mission of the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC) is to preserve the best interest and address the needs of people of African descent most affected by the perpetuation of poverty, civic apathy, structural, and systemic inequity. The Edmonton chapter of the ACCEC required a space in which their community members could come together, connect with services, and receive support. The organization and the Timbuktu Action Lab are located in the heart of Edmonton's vibrant Alberta Avenue neighbourhood and serve Edmonton and the surrounding area. 


The goal of the project is to provide a high-quality, safe, and nurturing environment for youth of African descent to explore their creativity, expand their knowledge, and build upon their strengths. The project will provide a space for critical thinking, driven solution-makers that will strengthen communities of African descent and celebrate their connection to their culture and heritage. The ACCEC distinguishes its program through healing-centered engagement, experiential learning, and self-discovery. 


The space boasts strong linear elements to bring the eye up. The existing timber structure will remain exposed and is complimented by slat walls in the collaboration spaces. Curved elements are used to soften the space and create a weaving design inspired by design of a straw basket. The entrance ceiling, bench, and collaboration zone have these curved design elements.  The linear and curved elements come together to mimic a basket's warps and wefts while also feeling warm and uplifting. 

The Lab provides a high-quality, safe, and nurturing environment for youth of African descent to explore their creativity, knowledge, and strengths, and become solution-makers who will contribute positively to their communities. 

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