Alberta Association of Architects – 2014 Professional Development Day

Alberta Association of Architects – 2014 Professional Development Day

On October 20, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Antonio Gomez-Palacio will be presenting the following:

Urban Vibrancy

Cities, campuses, neighbourhoods, developments, continue to strive for an elusive vision of ‘animation’ and ‘vibrancy’ as both an indicator and trigger of success. Yet, most fail in this attempt.  Why? What is the secret sauce behind the vision?

Urban Vibrancy describes the unique animated places in our cities and towns where people come together and engage each other. These places function as the ‘heart and soul’ of the community, and witness the overlap of day-to-day activities – such as working, shopping, playing, eating and studying – at different times of the day, week and year.

Urban Vibrancy is achieved differently in every context, and is a product of its cultural, social, economic, political and physical environment. It can be observed in many different types and combinations of urban spaces: exterior (i.e. streets, squares and parks), interior (i.e. shops, schools and community centres), big (large plazas), and small (alleyways).

Urban Vibrancy is an essential component of placemaking and city-building. It plays a central role in the development, creation and maintenance of successful and resilient social, cultural environmental and economic initiatives.

Using national examples, the session will explore the essential ingredients of designing/planning for Urban Vibrancy, including: achieving a critical population … walkable… a focus of planned AND spontaneous activity … diverse … welcoming and sale … creative and authentic.

Lean more about the Alberta Association of Architects 2014 Professional Development Day.

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