VOL. 6

[ extensions / probes / positions / practices / farther / inbetween / within or without / in addition to / above / at a distance / outside / extended from ]

The funny thing about reaching a milestone – a  birthday, perhaps, or an anniversary celebration – is  that despite how it describes what we are and how  far we’ve come, it also lends a feeling of uncertainty  about what lies beyond the edges. The publication  of ultra 6 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the  school of architecture, planning, and landscape at  the university of Calgary. Fifty years is no insignifi cant amount of time: five decades, two-and-a-half  generations, and thousands of graduates who have  passed through the school to make their mark on  the built environment and design industry. 50% Is  also a sort of half-life, a gamble split between two  odds, a guess at what might be on the other side. 

Between accident or intention, this edition finds  itself tethered to the legacy of the institution as a  departure point for its theme: extensions beyond  the normal. Ultra finds itself as a time capsule of  current students’ speculations, reflections, and de- partures upon the discipline – between personal  life, academia and practice. As a point of inflection,  ultra 6 asks us to pause and reflect on not only our  conceptions and understanding of the industry and  profession, but additionally, on the contexts that  affect how we respond to the world. With drastic  global shifts causing deep-rooted issues to sur face, we are forced to face the precipices of what  we think we know, and respond quickly to chal lenges vast and unknown. Extensions beyond the  normal challenges us to think about who we are,  where we want to be, and how we might get there.

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