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Exploring the relationship between environmental design and public health

The Haven Project is a transformative open space plan for Mott Haven and Port Morris,  a 1.3 square mile neighborhood to 53,000 residents in the South Bronx.  Developed by New York Restoration Project and an integrated multi-sector, multi-disciplinary team (including Civitas), the plan will repurpose the tools of public health and urban planning to explicitly link neighborhood development efforts to demonstrated community impacts. The plan will be unveiled in July, 2015.


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After 65 years, water is flowing across st. patrick’s island again

Just three skips of a stone from East Village, one of Calgary’s oldest parks is about to re-emerge as an amenity-rich, family-friendly park space for all Calgarians to enjoy. A grand re-opening of St. Patrick’s Island is scheduled for summer 2015 and will surely be one of the year’s highlights for Calgarians. And with the completion of the new St. Patrick’s Bridge in October 2014, this 31-acre master-planned recreational area – which includes hiking and biking trails, a plaza and amphitheater, play areas, an elevated rise and restored river channels – is now more accessible to our city’s residents and visitors than ever before. Watch more.


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Civitas’ St. Patrick’s Island wins CSLA Award

St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary has just won the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Merit Award for landscape management.  Congratulations to our collaborators W Architecture and IBI Group.  Above Image: Currently under construction, the proposed amphitheater and sun deck have been located on previously disturbed areas and provide sweeping views of the restored wetland channel. Read more here..