Winner of an international design competition, the plan repairs a 215-hectare rift in the city’s urban fabric. The team pursued the idea of ‘connectedness’ with a focus on sustainable urban living. The plan delivers a community for 30,000 residents that includes an energy strategy to take the development beyond carbon neutral.
The plan sets a new mixed-use community in the context of a challenging environment. The City Centre Airport lands form a large void in the heart of the city. Surrounded by light- industrial and commercial uses, the site is further separated from residential neighbours by arterial roads, the Yellowhead Highway and a railway.
“This project was not only seen as a transformation of a central city airport site into a new community but potentially transformative in terms of Edmonton urbanism. This is urban design at its broadest and fullest; the creation of a framework that will allow a generation of architects, landscape architects and engineers to contribute to the building of Edmonton. This is the city’s next generation of neighborhoods that will offer, through the multi-layered approach of the plan, an opportunity for innovation in ecology, environmental infrastructure, transportation, and a new form of public realm.”