O2 Receives Three 2015 Canadian Society Landscape Architecture Awards

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) has chosen three of O2’s projects to receive 2015 Awards of Excellence, Best in Canadian Landscape Architecture.

These award-winning projects illustrate the range in which landscape architects help reshape our communities, defining the places Canadians want to live, work and play.

O2 looks forward to attending the 2015 CSLA Congress in Mexico City, where the awards will be presented Saturday May 23, 2015.

East Bowmont Natural Environment Park Design Development Plan

National Merit
The City of Calgary
O2 Planning + Design Inc.
LandSaga Biogreographical
Intelligent Futures
Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds

The East Bowmont Natural Environment Park Design Development Plan proposes the transformation of an abandoned gravel pit in the heart of Calgary’s Bow River Valley into a stormwater treatment complex and natural park. 

The instillation of the project is to illustrate the journey of the water cleansing process – from storm sewer inlet to Bow River outlet – all within an engaging park environment.

The design addresses complex site conditions and unique environmental challenges through an innovative process of collaboration of disciplines in landscape architecture, land reclamation, bioremediation, civil engineering and public art.

Parkland County Environmental Conservation Master Plan

National Merit
Parkland County

The Parkland County Environmental Conservation Master Plan + Policy Updates project addresses municipal land use planning and environmental policy development through the wide lens of landscape ecology.

The project consists of two interrelated components: an inventory of the County’s Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) and a comprehensive set of policies, procedures, and map tools for county wide environmental management. 

The Environmental Conservation Master Plan contributes to the field of landscape architecture by providing a unique science-based framework for landscape scale planning and policy development grounded in ecological principals and analysis. This project strives to facilitate the conservation and restoration of critical ecological networks through the application of policy initiatives and mapping tools. 

The Qu’Appelle Valley Integrated Tourism Strategy 

Regional Citation
The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council

The Qu’Appelle Valley Integrated Tourism Strategy (ITS) was developed to guide tourism development in a sustainable manner to manage the pressures of the growing economic tourism sector on the area’s existing infrastructure, communities, and natural and scenic resources.  

The ITS was created through a collaborative process, with a unique opportunity to gather the First Nations, stakeholders representing a broad cross-section of tourism interests around a common vision: sustainable tourism development within the Qu’Appelle Valley. 

The project was established using innovative tools and approaches that included an interactive public engagement tool, the application of a recreation and tourism opportunity spectrum mapping methods to delimit tourism and recreation settings, and the introduction of the ‘travel shed’ notion, along with traditional landscape architecture approaches such as landscape units and visibility analysis.