It is good to understand where we live – context is a matter of perspective – geographically and metaphorically. Geographically – where I currently live in Calgary the river valleys of the Bow River Basin represent reaches of wilderness streaming through a vibrant growing city. The basin by definition of … Continue reading
Over the next 30-40 years more and more of us will find ourselves living in cities. Collectively we are the communities of these emerging urban environments. Shaping a place-making vision of the future with grassroots culture is in our genetic code. We are the real energy source of our growing … Continue reading
Check out http://livingcreative.ca to learn more about the strategy. The published Living a Creative Life: An Arts Development Strategy for Calgary report and a refreshed website will be available March 5. Living a Creative Life is an arts development strategy for Calgary, by Calgarians. Those who believe in the vision presented in … Continue reading
March 13 + 14, 2014 is the next Safe and Smooth Symposium and Public Event. It promises to be even bigger and better than last year. The poster with link to register or for more details is attached. Don’t delay – space is limited! On behalf of Safer Calgary and … Continue reading
FreshwaterXchangeSEAWalk ‘Building Good Connections Growing Great Community Places’ streams into the dynamic fabric and ‘soul of the city.’ The connection is cultural. The context is our environment – built and natural. This initiative aspires to influence how we see ourselves where we live in community. It anticipates a scene change that plays out in naturally … Continue reading
This morning I spoke with Julie Black, Citizen Engagement Associate, with The Calgary Foundation – Soul of the City Neighbour Grants Now Open! Calgarians, do you dream of creating something great for your community? Maybe it’s a community garden, a neighbourhood mural, a local festival, or another creative idea that … Continue reading
Check out this short video of Mark Lakeman, founder of City Repair, on urban permaculture. Some good comparisons here with vision for the Parkdale Community Garden project in last week’s post.
Check out the City Repair project – http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=505 Is it possible to adapt these principles and place-making outcomes in the Calgary context?
It was a great pleasure to meet Audrey Smith a few days ago and to hear about the place-making work she and others are undertaking in Calgary’s Parkdale Community. Audrey’s summary of the project follows: The (Parkdale Community Garden) project marries a garden with integral gathering spaces in a place … Continue reading
Thanks John for allowing us to share the Bridgeland story on our SEAWalk Blog. Hi Terry, Just wanted to give you a quick rundown of what took place in Bridgeland in the fall regarding one of our public spaces. The General Plaza is a small area south of 1st Ave. … Continue reading