Drake Landing Solar Community tour back on!

February 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Remember that big tour we were going to go on back in December? Remember how we cancelled it because it was -30 out? Well this time it’s back, and better than ever.

  • Where: Drake Landing, Okotoks, Alberta (meet in the Education Block at 12:30)
  • When: Saturday, February 28 @ 1:00 pm (until around 3 or 4)
  • How much: $5 for regular members, $10 for non-members, and a $5 deposit for Platinum Members

The poster for the event, along with some fantastic pictures of your exec, can be downloaded here. We’re also going to the Unicorn later that night, so even if you can’t make the tour, I’m sure you can make time for a few pints with the rest of the club.

Calgary plans two bridges – but not for cars

February 23, 2009 § 2 Comments


Vehicle taillights poke through the mist and icy fog rising off the Bow River under the lower deck of the Centre Street bridge. City planners are calling for two new bridges over Calgary area rivers - neither of which intended for general vehicle traffic.Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

Vehicle taillights poke through the mist and icy fog rising off the Bow River under the lower deck of the Centre Street bridge. City planners are calling for two new bridges over Calgary area rivers - neither of which intended for general vehicle traffic.Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

By Jason Markusoff, Calgary Herald, February 23, 2009  

A major Calgary blueprint will revive calls for river crossings at 50th Avenue S. W. and Shaganappi Trail — only this time, they won’t be for cars.

The draft version of Plan It Calgary, to be released next month, envisions the bridges to allow only mass transit, pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles. It’s one of many recommendations the city’s new master plan and transportation plan will include to give preference to transit over the automobile.

It comes 15 years after environmental and community groups forced car-friendly Bow and Elbow River crossings out of initial drafts of the Go Plan — Plan It’s predecessor — and those parties are mixed on whether the new proposal helps mute their concerns about the old one.

“I don’t think a cyclist would be more pleased it was a bus instead of a car going 30 kilometres per hour up the coulee trail as he was going downhill,” said Fred Fenwick, president of the Edworthy Park Heritage Society.

The draft plan envisions that in the next 15 years or more, the crossing will be needed to link Shaganappi Trail with the south shore of the Bow River, cutting through Edworthy Park. The 50th Avenue link would connect Altadore and Windsor Park in the east to Mount Royal College in the west, cutting across Sandy Beach and the Elbow River.

In both cases, the bridges would help create crosstown bus routes that get people to and from MRC and University of Calgary without filing them through downtown.

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AACIP & City of Calgary Brentwood TOD Event

February 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

The City of Calgary will be giving a presentation at Fort Calgary on Tuesday, March 3 to explain the complexities of and lessons learnt from the public participation helping to shape the Brentwood TOD plan.

If you’re interested, you need to give us your name and ticket payment NO LATER than Wednesday, February 25. Cash only! Full details below…

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Heritage Roundtable and Public Art Forums

February 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

From Calgary Heritage Initiative

From Calgary Heritage Initiative

From the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society:

Heritage Roundtable – Feb. 19

Are you looking for ways to increase appreciation for community character, tell the unique story of a heritage place or foster neighbourhood pride?

The next instalment of the popular Community Heritage Roundtable is on February 19 2009.

Professionals from Interpretation Canada will be talking about how you can effectively tell the story of your community through tours and other kinds of interpretive programs. This workshop will introduce you to the world of heritage interpretation, offering practical tips and techniques for connecting people to your place. It will inspire, challenge and engage you with plenty of ideas and materials to take back to your group.

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Wave Of The Future

February 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

A proposed multi-million-dollar redevelopment of part of a northwest Calgary shopping mall has been called a “proving ground” for future mixed-use projects that will hug LRT lines.

Ald. Druh Farrell says the vision being proposed for the Brentwood community will be carried on to other transit-oriented developments (TODs) being considered by city officials.

“This area will be a proving ground for future, similar developments,” says Farrell. “The city is looking at it as a model for others to come.”

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Gary Holden on campus on Wednesday

February 9, 2009 § 2 Comments


Gary Holden, CEO of ENMAX, will be speaking at the U of C on Wednesday, February 11. He will be talking about “building a sustainable future”, in which he is well-placed to have a controlling stake s the head of one of the most progressive and innovative utilities in Canada.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Location: PF 3160, the Faculty of Environmental Design

Urban CSA Mixer on Tuesday

February 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

It’s time for all of us Urban CSA members to get together in one spot, and conveniently enough we’ve chosen a spot that has beer. Come down to the Den on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 so we can give more information on the projects we’ll be working on this semester, and get a chance to meet the rest of the club.

Events: Gaining Ground

February 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Gaining Ground Sustainable Urban Development Leadership Summit is being held in Calgary for the second time in two years. As an attendee last year, I can safely say that it was one of the most interesting (and appropriate, given the current economic uncertainty surrounding the energy sector) experiences I’ve had, getting to hear from industry and academic bigwigs about their knowledge of and plans for dealing with the shift to a more sustainable energy infrastructure. Though the ticket prices are fairly steep, student volunteers get in for free, so I would urge all interested students to send Geoff Gosson an e-mail asking to volunteer.

Led by speakers who study energy in the context of urban planning and development, and thought leaders who can frame energy concerns in terms of opportunities and challenges, this conference is planned as a region-wide conversation about Calgary’s future. The conference has lessons for every city, large and small. It’s a conversation that every city and urban region needs to have, and it’s relevant to a wide range of constituent interests.

This Gaining Ground conference frames a uniquely relevant conversation for Calgary because the city is a global centre of energy expertise. You should attend if your work and interests bear on:

  • Energy and the energy future
  • Land use strategies and policies
  • Real estate and development
  • Mobility and transportation
  • Business and economic planning
  • Innovation and technology
  • Strategies for skilled worker attraction
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Urban design
  • Community development

Conference location:

The Westin Calgary
320-4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB Canada T2P 2S6

General Inquiries:

Geoff Gosson, Conference Manager
(250) 858-4600 or info@gaininggroundsummit.com

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