City of Edmonton
Perkins + Will
Lead member of ODP Master Plan design team
The winner in an international design competition, Perkins+Will’s master plan for the redevelopment of Edmonton’s airport lands repairs a 215-hectare rift in the city’s urban fabric and creates a truly memo- rable place for Edmontonians. The plan—called ‘Connecticity’—creates a world-class sustainable community for 30,000 residents and pursues four strands of connectedness, each em-bodying key sustainability principles.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY
Preserving close to half the site for green space, the plan includes a regional destination park. A "river-to-river loop" links the park to the city's most memorable natural amenity, the North Saskatchewan River, creating a new citywide green network.
The plan extends the surrounding pattern of streets and pathways through new neighbourhoods to connect future and current residents. A new LRT line will provide easy access to downtown and foster further city-wide connections.
The proposal foster economic vitality, not only by creating a deeply mixed-use community, but by connecting to the growth potential of four major catalysts: the campus, a health care facility, Kingsway Mall and a planned LRT extension.
Embedding the site's past in its future, the plan repurposes historical airport features as new community amenities and reuses runways as key streets and organizing elements.
Finally, an innovative energy strategy reduces carbon emissions from the community by 3.2 million tonnes over 20 years. Energy produced through biomass and deep geothermal sources will create enough electricity to fully meet the development’s needs. Surplus energy will be sold to public build- ings in the area, resulting in a ‘beyond carbon neutral’ community.