Active Neighbourhoods has been engaging Bridgeland-Riverside since 2014 to find out the good, the bad and the “meh” of its public spaces, engaging over 600 residents and business owners and 22 organizations.
Based on this body of work, the community portrait below provides a snapshot of the neighbourhood – what is the current state of its built and social environment? How do residents feel about it? What changes would they like to see?
The information in the community portrait fed into the 2015 Urban Design Invitational, where designers and decision-makers develop a series of “design schemes” (below) for Bridgeland-Riverside and evaluate their feasibility. Design schemes then go back to residents for feedback at the Design Selection Kiosk.
The 2015 Design Selection Kiosk named the Landscape LRT Bridge (C) the winner.
Additional Work from our Collaborators:
EVDS Student Work – Location Observations
According to Jan Gehl, a Danish Architect and Urban Designer, one of the best ways to understand a space is to spend an extended amount of time observing the goings on in that area and to keep a diary of the experience. Four different locations commonly frequented in Bridgeland were chosen and observed, these locations being:
EVDS Student Work – Sector Walks
EVDS students conducted walks along predetermined routes throughout the community, along community boundaries and to destinations outside of the community. Along the way, walk participants stopped at locations and scored each space with respect to its suitability to support:
- People in Groups
- Senior Citizens
The data from each participant was compiled and averaged, and GIS mapping used to score the landscape of Bridgeland using the negative and positive emotions. T
NHTV Student Work
Following community research undertaken by University of Calgary Environmental Design Students, Dutch students from the Netherlands took over the project and developed a series of design schemes and conclusions. Final posters summarizing research and findings are located below. Please note, each group poster will link to the digital upload in a new window.