The CSLA editorial board recently invited our President + CEO, Doug Olson, to act as guest editor for the Spring issue of LANDSCAPES | PAYSAGES: big large. Doug assembled an eclectic group of professionals to share their insights on the importance of scale from varying perspectives and regions.
High River is recovering from the 2013 flood and its new walkable downtown has transformed the community. Woonerfs, new plantings, and comfortable places to hang out have set the stage for a vibrant space full of buskers and farmers market vendors.
Mayor Craig Snodgrass says that at first he was skeptical, but since then, he's done a complete 180. "You can do it, and I don’t care if you’re High River, Calgary, or Cayley, Alberta. You can do it—and it’s the right thing to do.”
Read about High River's downtown revitalization and how O2's work made a big difference to the town in this Calgary Metro article. More information can also be found on the project page of our website.
Photo by Jeremy Klaszus/Metro.
Calgarians living, working and playing downtown can once again enjoy the green space above Fire Station 1 with the re-opening of the Rooftop Plaza.
Having green rooftops and plazas, said Coun. Druh Farrell, is an important part of a vibrant and environmentally friendly downtown.
"We have hundreds and hundreds of orphaned spaces throughout our downtown, and if we just saw opportunities like this one and transformed them, we’d be the best city in the world."
Photo by Evelyne Asselin/CBC.
"A new outdoor science park is in the works for the Canada Science and Technology Museum that will allow the adventure to begin even before visitors go inside the revitalized museum when it reopens in fall 2017.
The corporation recently hired Calgary-based O2 Planning + Design, and Vlan, a landscape architectural firm in Montreal, to help craft the vision for the park. Alberta-based Beakerhead science, art and engineering programming organizers are also being consulting on how science, technology, engineering, arts and math can be incorporated in year-round outdoor programming at the park."
Image by O2 + Earthscape.
Senior Landscape Architect, Matt Williams, says the surf dock element of the project will include “developing an area to allow people to get to the wave safely, terraces to protect the shore from spectators and stop them eroding the riverside and trees for shade to encourage people to use those designated areas.”
In a city known for endless urban sprawl, Calgary’s core has always struggled to support an urban community. Past five o’clock, the heart of downtown west of Centre Street is a ghost town despite being just minutes from vibrant communities such as Kensington, Inglewood and the city’s network of busy riverside pathways.
But a $1-billion redevelopment of the city’s historic Eau Claire Market Mall and the development of surface parking lots immediately to the west of the Mall – both slated for mixed-use urban villages and both hoping to break soil this year – could change that.
West Eau Claire Park + Public Realm was awarded with this year's Mayor's Urban Design Award in the Great City, Great Design category. The client group includes The City of Calgary: Centre City and Parks, in collaboration with Transportation Planning, Water Resources, Recreation and Public Art...
The Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) released the news that the “Parkland County Environmental Conservation Master Plan + Policy Updates” project was selected for an Award of Planning Merit in the Comprehensive and Policy Plan category. The award was presented at the APPI Annual Conference in Edmonton.
O2's design for the Helen Schuler Nature Centre was chosen as the recipient for the 2015 Green Roof and Wall Award of Excellence in the Intensive Institutional category for balancing aesthetic, economic, functional and ecological values.