Oct. 19, 2015 | Carl Patzel
Urban planners designing with public places in mind
Placemaking, the popular term coined by urban planners to address the management of public spaces, is slowly weaving into the fabric of Calgary's burgeoning satellite communities.
Local planners say the concept, once reserved for major metropolises, is becoming a focal point in the respective redevelopment of their existing spaces and development of new ones.
"It's a key element for us," said Tracy Corbett, manager of planning and sustainable development at the City of Airdrie. "We hear time and time again in our citizen surveys that parks and pathways come out number one on what people really value about Airdrie.
"There are not a lot of natural amenities – a river or a lake. So you have to work a little harder at creating great place and effective placemaking."