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Published online at GlobalTVEdmonton.com on February 15, 2011.


Linda Hoang, Global News: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hear from airport redevelopment design teams

Five international companies are vying for the rights to develop the City Centre Airport lands. On Tuesday, their designs were unveiled at City Hall.

  • The five design teams are listed in alphabetical order below:
  • BNIM from Kansas City, U.S.A.
  • Foster & Partners from London, U.K.
  • KCAP Architects & Planners from Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Perkins + Will from Vancouver, Canada
  • Sweco International AB from Stockholm, Sweden
  • The city hopes to transform the airport land into into an environmentally-sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-use development for 30,000 residents.

    View the videos below to hear more about what each team has to say about their concept for the City Centre Airport redevelopment:

    BNIM from Kansas City, U.S.A.

    BNIM wants to create a "a sustainable community where residents could live in nature, in the city… catalyzing transfomration… that would be iconic without betraying the horizontal form of the city."

    Foster & Partners from London, U.K.

    Foster & Partners wants to "bring green open space through the site, get the density right for city life, connect the site to the city and have a carbon neutral future. Bringing the great outdoors and city life together."

    KCAP Architects & Planners from Rotterdam, Netherlands

    KCAP Architects & Planners wants to "take the best of Edmonton’s landscapes and urban qualities, the river and ravines and their intricate spatial intertwining with the urban fabric (to) … distill and condense the essense of these environments and bring them together in one location."

    Perkins + Will from Vancouver, Canada

    Perkins + Will wants to "embrace the unique opportunity of reconnecting the airport lands to the City of Edmonton’s neighbourhoods and open spaces, envisioning a city-wide beyond carbon neutral energy system and a world class public park."

    Sweco International AB from Stockholm, Sweden

    Sweco International AB wants to "apply a multidisciplinary, integrated holistic systems approach to sustainable urban planning and design… placing Edmonton at the global forefront of sustainable winter city development."

    Which proposal should be chosen for the downtown airport development land?customer surveys

    For more information on the design concepts, go to the city’s website.

    To submit feedback on the designs, click here.

    The city will also be holding a series of public information sessions about the project:

    February 15-19 and February 22-28 – City Hall

    Feb. 15 starting at 11:30am. (Note: February 18 session ends at 4:30pm)
    Weekdays — 7am–10pm
    Saturday — 9am– 5pm
    Sunday — 11am–5pm

    Note: City staff will be on hand during peak hours only.

    February 17 — MacEwan University South Campus Galleria
    7319 – 29 Ave
    5pm–9pm (City staff will be on hand for entire session)

    February 22 — NAIT North Lobby
    11762 – 106 Street (west side of 106 Street)
    5pm–9pm (City staff will be on hand for entire session)

    February 24 — Clareview Hall (Twin Arenas)
    3804 – 139 Ave.
    5pm– 9pm (City staff will be on hand for entire session)

    February 26 — West Edmonton Mall Beverly Hills Ballroom
    17700 – 87 Avenue (3rd floor Fantasyland Hotel — entrances 51 or 52)
    10am–2pm (City staff will be on hand for entire session)
    The city hopes to begin actual redevelopment of the lands by 2013.

    Click here to read the article on the Global Edmonton website.

    Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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