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Acadia Pop Rocks – August 19, 2017, 10AM-4PM

You’re invited! The parking lot at 430 Acadia Dr SW is being turned into an outdoor living room on August 19, 2017, from 10AM-4PM – coinciding with the Acadia Parade of Garage Sales. Featuring new, designed-for-Acadia furniture, espresso, a pop-up bookstore, bocce ball, ping pong, board games, arts & crafts, complimentary snacks, and simple traffic calming along Acadia Drive. […]

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Call for Proposals – YYC Artists and Designers

Active Neighbourhoods invites artist-design teams to submit their qualifications to create a vibrant, temporary public space in a SE community parking lot, on a $12,000-$14,500 budget.  The project will be revealed on August 19 as part of a local event. About the Active Neighbourhoods project How can the design of our communities contribute to health, […]


Snapshot: 2017 Urban Design Invitational, Marlborough ed.

The 2017 Urban Design Invitational, Marlborough ed., dawned mild and sunny after the weekend’s Snowpocalypse.  A HUGE thanks to all those who donated their time!   Every time we hold this event, I am overcome by the enthusiasm, skill and creativity that participants bring to the work. A few highlights of the day: the concept of […]


Urban Scheming: Acadia residents weigh in

Four schemes devised at the 2016 Urban Design Invitational were presented to Acadia residents at Neighbour Day in June 2016 and the Stampede BBQ in July 2016.  Locals cast their votes and provided feedback.  Here’s what we brought, and here’s what they had to say.           Comments: The idea of bringing business to the […]

Hot Spots and Cool Ideas from Acadians

Hot Spots, Cool Ideas from ‘Acadians’

What do Acadia residents have to say?  We rounded up their “hot spots” and “cool ideas”.                     Feedback was gathered in door-to-door surveys, an online survey, at community events and resident interviews.                       Suggestions were plentiful: […]

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

by Roxanne Leblanc The wintertime sun that is! And yes, it is possible to have fun outdoors in the wintertime. As a Canadian, I’m trying to get back in touch with my hardy, nature-loving roots. That means challenging myself to get outdoors, even when the temperature has dropped!  Some days, motivating myself is tough.  But […]

Southeast Wetlands in winter

Exploring the Rotary-Mattamy Greenway

When Mayor Nenshi proclaimed that the Rotary Mattamy Greenway, “Will be the largest pathway system in the world,” he was onto something big. For anyone who recognizes the signature wayfinding signs identifying over 138 kilometers of pathway (in combination with City of Calgary pathways), they know the paved pathway system is nothing short of amazing. […]


Marlborough’s Catwalks

      Walking through Marlborough, many Calgarians may not be aware of the network of pathways that connect Marlborough’s grid-like streets and numerous parks. These hidden gems are what Marlborough residents call “Catwalks”. Given that Marlborough has several parks and institutions, these walkways do a great job of providing connections for pedestrians to travel […]

Talking About Bicycle Superhighways

Talking About Bicycle Superhighways

Bicycle Superhighways are specialized pieces of cycle infrastructure which were first pioneered by Denmark and the Netherlands. Since the early 2000’s, Bicycle Superhighways have become an innovative method of bicycle transit emerging in many countries overseas, typically in countries with milder climates. Bicycle highways differ from the typical North American bike lane given that they […]