Calgary – a city looking to the future

Calgary is looking towards the future when in 2035 some 70,000 people will live in the downtown core and in 2025, 180,000 people will work there. Calgary is an Winter Olympic host city that is planning its future and looking towards international and national examples of good and bad developments.

Calgary needs to develop into city with an exciting downtown core with life and activity. However it needs to mix the uses of the city and not dedicate areas to one use activities. It needs to mix the civic, cultural, commercial, urban and green uses to make a dynamic urban environment to serve the new and existing population in Calgary.

Also Calgary needs to invest more sustainable infrastructure for transport and also expand the +15 network so that the new residents of the downtown core can move from home to workplace to afterwork activities easily.

Lets hope the City, Developers, Retails and the people of Calgary can capitalise on this new vision.

Article inspired by Planners envision vibrant makeover’ – by Mario Toneguzzi – Calgary Herald

New Law to reduce lawsuits – lets hope others follow suit

In Hawaii a law has recently been introduced that requires complaints against engineers, surveyors and landscape architects registered in Hawaii to be filed first with the state’s Design Claim Conciliation Panel. The introduction of this law will reduce the number of frivolous and fraudulent lawsuits against professionals.

The state of Hawaii has taken a great step towards reduce the burden on the judicial system. Many countries and states have realised that Arbitration and Concilliation is a far better alternative for complainants and professionals to settle disputes. This method of dispute resolution reduces costs and time spent for both parties to settle disputes.

I foresee that this approach of dispute resolution will become popular with states and other countries as they realize that courts are often bogged down with claims that could have been easily solved with a mediator. Changes like this also allow professionals to concentrate on practicing their profession and less on defending themselves in court which is often costly and unnecessary.

Read more from the press release issued by Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Professor sees past connections in cultural landscapes

Anita Clark interviews Professor Arnold Alanen a man who ‘sees the world through different eyes’. Professor Alanen talks about how cultural landscapes exhibit links to past uses and human influences.

A professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin –Madison looks at cultural landscapes to interpret our past and their influence on public spaces and uses.

His interpretations of cultural landscape also show how cultures evolve over time through periods of growth and change.

Read more in WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL – Anita Clark or for those with an interest in Wiscounsin landscape you can read his new book ‘Morgan Park’ from Amazon.com

Art Attack – Phoenix Sculpture makes a come back

As we reported earlier this month that Phoenix had dropped the controversial art piece by Janet Echelman. However the city has had a change of heart and decided after the public rallied for the sculpture to be reinstated.

Read more at Newsweek

 

American Institute of Architects – Illinois great places

 The members of six Illinois chapters of the American Institute of Architects selected the sites, which are all public spaces, to celebrate the AIA’s 150th anniversary, notes the Web site http://illinoisgreatplaces.com.

University architecture and landscaping recognized by American Institute of Architects.

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