Ecological

Social

Cultural

Economic

What makes a good neighbourhood?

What Makes a Good Neighbourhood?

By Leanne Junnila | 4.15.2015 What makes a good neighbourhood? It seems we aren’t sure anymore. Much of the time that we could be spending enjoying leisure time is instead spent behind the wheel of a vehicle or in front of the television. We are forced to commute by vehicle to work and when we […]

Photo Source: https://wreckcityproject.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/wreck-city-through-mike-tans-camera/

Playable Cities: Where to Play in Calgary

Cities around the world are beginning to realize that playgrounds may not be enough to keep residents and visitors engaged and enjoying public life. We are beginning to see musical swings at bus stops in Montreal, an interactive play museum in St. Louis, and slip and slides down city streets in a number of cities around the world, but what does […]

playable city

Five Fast Facts – Playable Cities

1. Playable Cities Rethink the Purpose of Our Cities Playable Cities is an idea that puts people and play at the heart of the design of the future city and encourages residents and visitors to rethink services, places and stories in our cities. Playable Cities breaks away from the idea that cities must focus only on […]

edmonton

Part 3 of 3: What can Calgary learn from Edmonton’s WinterCity Strategy?

Photo Credit: Edmonton Journal http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Edmonton+adopts+winter+city+strategy/7479071/story.html Calgarians don’t like to admit that Edmonton has us beat in some respects, but in terms of designing a city strategy that aims to create a vibrant, well-functioning winter city, we think Calgary could take a few pointers from our rival to the North. Edmonton’s WinterCity Strategy The City of […]

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 12.32.41 AM

4 Great Reasons to Invest in Cities’ Natural Environments

1. Investing in Surrounding Wetlands can save Cities Billions of Dollars in Water Purification The City of New York invested $1.5 billion over 10 years into protecting their water sources, which meant they were able to avoid building a water treatment plant that would have cost the city $8-$10 billion. 2. Investing in Rivers and […]

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 10.44.37 AM

Calgary’s Wild Berry Patches

Photo Credit: Cabin Organic http://cabinorganic.com/tag/berries/ One of our favourite parts about Calgary summers are the Saskatoon berries and wild raspberries, and we aren’t just talking about the famous Saskatoon berry pie from Pearson Berry Farms sold at Calgary’s Farmer’s Market. Active Neighbourhood’s Roxanne LeBlanc has shared a number of her secret wild berry patches around […]

IMG_6436

30X30 Challenge – A Diary

Thirty minutes of nature, for thirty days – the 30X30 Challenge. by Celia Lee Day 1: Yamnuska trail. Look up to find I’ve walked into herd of mule deer. Flash back to horror story from youth about evil deer. Creep silently away. Overcome great fear of falling on icy rocks, am filled with sweet, sweet […]

Your Sustainable Guide to Calgary’s Festivals – 2015

It is beginning to feel a lot more like summer in Calgary. The cherry and crab apple trees are bloomnig, the Bow River bike paths are beginning to fill with more cyclists and Canada Goose Goslings, and our calendars are beginning to fill with festivals festivals festivals! Calgary has a wide variety of summer festivals throughout the city, […]

Six Fast Facts – What Kids Need in Cities

In recent decades, our cities and our ideas around childhood and parenting have changed a lot, however, one of the most significant changes is that children are disappearing from our cities’ public places and outdoor spaces. 1) Kids Need Cities They can Explore On Their Own This article, mentions Free-Range Parenting, a type of parenting […]