Livable Laneways

October 16, 2011

Yesterday I switched roles and participated in the Livable Laneways workshop hold by Sustainable Calgary in the Ant Hill building. I didn’t know back alleys before moving to Canada. A nameless street with no other purpose than garbage collection and parking. How weird is that? Stories from other participants quickly changed my perspective. Heather told [...]

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Planning for the future

October 13, 2011

Last Tuesday, I found myself trotting around Sunnyside on a chilly evening, with a thoughtful group of students from The Transit City, Urban Studies program at the University of Calgary. Instructor Jen Malzer, also a senior planner at City Transit, took us through the Bow to Bluff corridor, down 5th Avenue by Riley Park, then [...]

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What’s up with Bow to Bluff?

October 11, 2011

In our first week in the Ant Hill building over 500 citizens came through our doors to brainstorm how to improve the Bow to Bluff corridor. The big ideas range from “more green spaces” to “public art on the LRT fence” to “redevelop the old warehouse into a farmers’ market/community building”. We can already see [...]

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Green roofs and living walls

October 8, 2011

Over 70 interested citizens came out to the Iron Sketch night on Thursday to watch three respected urban designers in competition about a secret space in the Bow to Bluff corridor. The challenge: the old warehouse aka as the triangle building. Marc Boutain (marc boutin architectural collaborative) and his volunteers Lance, Riley and Sonia imagined [...]

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Making it your space

September 27, 2011

Last Sunday, volunteers showed up with everything from chairs and park benches to tiki umbrellas and a cloth school bus to make a big, empty space into a friendly, useful place for the Bow to Bluff public engagement project. After an hour of  unloading and hauling furniture, an hour of deciding where everything should go, [...]

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