“We partner with the City of Edmonton, MADE (MEDIA ARCHITECTURE DESIGN EDMONTON), and Design Talks from Calgary – to name a few organizations – to work together as we all believe that urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.” Basel Abdulaal, the Chair RAIC/AB Chapter says, “For those reasons, the City Image project is an important one.” and he reiterates, “Edmonton, has its unique characteristics, beautiful river valley, parks, restaurants, amazing festivals, unique population,… making this experience of living in Edmonton better and more beautiful is the objective of the City Image initiative that the RAIC is launching tonight.”
RAIC – AB Chapter’s intention for this initiative is to have a series of presentations that will continue over the coming couple of years to discuss how observers take in information of the city that consist of elements, such as Paths, Edges, Districts, Nodes, and Landmarks, as defined by Kevin A. Lynch (a renowned urban planner and author) and use it to make mental maps.
“I hope to stimulate everyone’s interest in the topic of the City Image,’ Basel Abdulaal says, “My intention is that the topic of each presentation in the coming year addresses an element or a characteristics of the City Image, so those presentations collectively will draw an image for us about what needs to be done to contribute more to the unforgettable experience of living and visiting Edmonton and different parts of Alberta.”
Anne Cormier, the speaker of Part 1 of the presentation series, is a distinguished architect and inspirational speaker. Anne is a co-founder of Atelier Big City established in 1987, Atelier Big City that received the Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Governor General’s medal, and the grand prize in architecture from l‘Ordre des architectes du Québec.