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Why Does Edmonton Need Infill Development?

Since the 1950s, following the discovery of oil in the adjacent area of Leduc, Edmonton has experienced a period of spectacular growth. In just over 100 years, Edmonton grew from a small town into a metropolitan region with over 1.2 million residents. A population explosion, a new civic centre, new subdivisions, and new suburbs transformed the city and the surrounding area. Edmonton became a major centre for the petrochemical industry and expanded its traditional role as a government, educational and transportation centre. We are now starting to experience what I would call a hangover from these cycles of extreme growth... Read the Rest →

 

We Are Edmonton

I often hear people comparing Edmonton to other cities, saying they wish we were more like Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, etc. We are not these cities, we are Edmonton. This kind of comparative mindset is what prevents innovation and good design from flourishing within our unique city. If we are always looking at other cities and wishing we were built like them, we will lose sight of finding our own identity and a built form that is uniquely ours. I’ll be honest here, I understand where this mindset comes from. I... Read the Rest →

 

IDEA – Infill Development in Edmonton Association

Yesterday Paul and I helped launched a little project we have been working on for almost a year, the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA).  This association will promote and advocate for high quality infill development in Edmonton, and work to create opportunities for collaboration between all stakeholders involved in the development of infill.  We invited a number of Edmonton’s biggest infill champions to the IDEA Founding 50 Launch Party at a beautiful home designed by talented local architect Louis Pereira at www.thirdstone.ca.  Everyone had a chance to tour the home... Read the Rest →