University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 27, 2011 13:43 ET

University of Calgary: How would you makeCalgary?

Three-day exploration of Calgary's urban landscape hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Design, makeCalgary produces concepts and proposals for focused action

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2011) - The CP Rail line cuts through Calgary's centre, splitting the city between its north and south. What can be done to reconnect the downtown? New commercial opportunities are being exposed on the periphery of the city. How can this commercial space be used in a more sustainable way to minimize the urban sprawl?

Calgary faces many unique urban challenges. makeCalgary, a collaboration with the City of Calgary, will explore the social, environmental, cultural and economic conditions of the city to produce creative solutions to these challenges. Through a panel discussion, design exercise and public exhibition a new Calgary will be envisioned.

On Thursday, Sept 29, from 7-9 p.m. makeCalgary kicks off at the University of Calgary's Downtown Campus with a panel discussion, featuring an opening presentation by Calgary's mayor, Naheed Nenshi. Panellists including, urban designer Rob Adams of Melbourne, architect Andreu Arriola of Barcelona, and industrial designer Ingrid Fetell of New York, share their experiences of and translate them to the potential urban opportunities found in Calgary.

Adams, the man behind Melbourne's transformation and current ranking as the world's most livable city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2011 global livability survey, is the Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne. Adams has been widely accredited for the revitalization of his city and will bring perspective to makeCalgary 2011.

"makeCalgary provides a forum for decision makers in the city to consider, debate and propose the kind of change they see for a more livable and vibrant city," says Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) at the University of Calgary.

"This event promises to produce tangible ideas for the city, through the panel discussion of respected international designers, stimulating conversation among local leaders which will provide momentum for a collaborative design exercise."

The day-long design exercise, also known as a charrette, runs Friday, Sept 30, at the EPCOR Centre between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and translates these stories of change to specific design ideas for Calgary. Mixed teams include the university's executive leadership team, city councillors, community association representatives, urban designers, planners, developers, and architects. These professionals will come together to address Calgary's urban challenges, exploring the opportunities that exist on four project sites: connectivity in the downtown core, density in the inner city, collective space in the middle ring, and commercial space on the periphery.

Work produced during the charrette will be shared at a public exhibition celebrating the 40th Anniversary of EVDS running October 1-14 at the University of Calgary's Downtown Campus. It will feature a collection of student, alumni, faculty and professional work. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Oct 1, 2011 from 7-9 p.m.

makeCalgary 2011 is sponsored by The City of Calgary, Dialog and Graham Construction.

EVDS is a professional faculty at the University of Calgary founded on a commitment to the integration of design, ecology and culture in the making and managing of meaningful and functional human and bio-social environments. EVDS offers Master's degrees in architecture, environmental design and planning as well as a PhD.

To arrange interviews with EVDS Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand or any of the speakers, please contact James Stevenson.

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Contact Information

  • University of Calgary
    James Stevenson
    Senior Communications Manager, University Relations
    403.210.6308 or Cell: 403.512.6756