Living in the inner city: a proposal for the residential development of Calgary's East Village
LccHT 169 C32 C336 1987
LcshCity planning - Alberta - Calgary
Community development, Urban - Alberta - Calgary
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AbstractThis study proposes a design strategy for the redevelopment of the "East Village", a deteriorated area of Calgary's inner city, as a residential neighbourhood. Using eighteen architectural drawings, a conceptual neighbourhood site plan is presented and the schematic design of a mixed-use commercial and residential building - developed to illustrate the overall design principles. The accompanying document discusses these principles and their derivation from an investigation of the North American phenomenon of downtown rejuvenation as well as of the idea of the inner city "neighbourhood", specifically in the Calgary context. An historical overview of multiple family and mixed-use building types and a review of local precedents provides additional inspiration for the design decisions. This information, together with careful analysis of the site itself and of its existing and projected population, results in a design which is intended to encourage the evolution of an intimately scaled residential quarter housing a diversity of uses and users. The proposed building typopology is street- oriented and block-edging, and the site plan emphasizes the creation of a defined public realm and the provision of a number of key community amenities. The bibliography list works on urban design . and the history, theory and behavioral and social aspects of multiple family housing design.