Calgary, AB,

Students’ ideas sought on redesign of public space under 4 Avenue flyover

The 4 Avenue Flyover Public Space project seeks to enhance an underused space under the 4 Avenue Flyover. Using feedback from residents and stakeholders, landscape architecture students from the University of Calgary will work with sixth grade students at Langevin School in a youth-led design process to create concepts for how this space could be reimagined.

“We are so excited to see what the students come up with,” says Jen Malzer, Project Manager of the 4 Avenue flyover project. “Pairing Langevin student groups with U of C landscape architecture students will add another layer of innovation and design to help their ideas come to life.”

Calgary’s first Pedestrian Strategy was approved in 2016 and includes 49 actions to make walking safer and more attractive. Action #17 of the Strategy calls for a tactical urbanism program. Tactical urbanism is a new kind of planning that better involves community partners and will often use temporary, inexpensive prototyping as a testbed for more permanent changes to local neighbourhoods and public streets and green spaces.

This project was proposed by the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association and is being supported by The City as an opportunity to:

  • Create an attractive entrance to the community of Bridgeland

  • Offer an improved walking and cycling connection between Bridgeland, the downtown and river pathway network

  • Enhance an under-used community green space

  • Benefit from kids’ imaginations and new design practices being taught at the University level

  • Reveal a community-supported set of ideas that change this green space into a friendly and active part of the community

To help the students create viable solutions, City of Calgary staff will provide technical guidance along with other outside experts and community leaders. Students will also be taking into account the input gathered from the public to create their final designs. These final designs will be presented to the community in the spring 2017 with project construction starting in summer 2017 (permanently or temporarily).

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