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Packed House for Charrette Opener: Andrés Duany sparks community conversation

So what’s likely to provoke the most controversy during this week? What are you most afraid of?

Andres Duany, co-founder of the respected DPZ planning firm and director of the weeklong Mission Road charrette, asked those questions at the end of his standing-room-only Wednesday-night presentation. Actually, it was less presentation than vigorous discussion. And attendees seemed delighted with the opportunity… [cont.]

June 16th, 2011 at 12:24 am Comments (14)  |Read More

Mission Road Charrette Begins Today: Note location change!

The official kick-off of the Mission Road Main Street Innovation Project is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on 4206 Macleod Trail. (NOTE: This is a necessary change from the previously scheduled Parkhill Community Hall.) Everybody’s welcome.

Over the next week, a team of international experts will join City of Calgary staffers and officials, Mission Road property owners, business people, and area residents in a charrette to explore ways to make Mission Road a more welcoming and prosperous link between key Calgary neighbourhoods. For the overview of project goals, see the column to the immediate right… [cont.]

June 15th, 2011 at 12:01 am No Comments   |Read More

Planning for the Future of Food: Andrés Duany on ‘Agricultural Urbanism,’ June 17

We have to rethink the ways in which we produce and distribute food. That’s a fact that’s becoming increasingly clear.

It’s a sentiment we’re hearing more and more from economists, agricultural experts and climate change scientists. It’s also echoed by one of the world’s most famous urban planners, Andres Duany, founding principal of the Miami-based Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) planning and design firm.

Duany, who is leading our Mission Road charrette starting on June 15, will be talking about the intersection of food production challenges and urban planning on June 17. The presentation is free and open to everyone. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenbow Museum Theatre. Download the promotional flyer here (1.5mb .pdf)… [cont.]

June 8th, 2011 at 9:09 am Comment (1)   |Read More

‘Charrette’ Begins June 15: Help us plan Mission Road’s future

If Mission Road were redesigned to become a kind of Main Street connecting neighbourhoods, what would that look and feel like?

That will be topic No. 1 during the week beginning June 15, as the City of Calgary, property owners along Mission Road, neighbours and everyone else interested in this precedent-setting project explore options with an international consulting team. The project kicks off with an opening presentation Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at Parkhill Community Hall. Go here for a list of public meetings and presentations during the week… [cont.]

May 26th, 2011 at 3:59 pm No Comments   |Read More

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    This is the moment we’ve all been planning towards.

    Beginning Wednesday, June 15, 2011, citizens, landowners, and City staff sat down with an international consulting team to translate years worth of lessons learned into a plan for healthy growth along Mission Road. Just as important, they used this week-long planning workshop as a test run for how Calgary's residents, business people, and government might better go about charting the future of our neighbourhoods together.

    That’s why we’ve described this project as: Neighbours on a mission. In reality, we’re all neighbours. And we have to work together to get where we want to go. Read more here.