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St. Patrick’s Island ‘soft opening’ packs a wallop

July 31, 2015. The ‘soft’ opening of St. Patricks Island in Calgary is a big hit! Civitas collaborated with W Architecture and Landscape Architecture to remake the island into both an urban park and a natural restoration. The “breach” where kids are wading is a new channel we created so kids could play safely in the water. It works! Thanks to Neil Mackimmie of CMLC for the leadership that made this happen. [Image extended in courtesy by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation]

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Global Thought Leaders Gather to Promote Health by Design

The impact of the built environment on our health, wellbeing and quality of life will be the focus of presentations by leading international local and global organizations from both the medical and architecture professions at the 11th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition at the Hong Kong Kowloon East, Crown Plaza Hotel this week. Mark Johnson will be a keynote speaker in the Eco-Design debate, presenting, Designing the City as a Strategic Tool for Improving Public Health.  The International Academy for Design and Health is a unique international forum for the exchange of ideas about innovation in the future design of health systems, services and facilities around the world.  Follow the conference.

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5 teams shortlisted for London’s Downtown Riverfront

July 7, 2015  London, Ontario.  Civitas is one of five finalists selected to make complete proposals for the re-design and re-imagining of the downtown stretches of London’s magnificent Thames River.  The next phase of the design competition will involve the preparation of a complete vision for the entire downtown riverfront, more detailed plans for the river edges around the Forks of the Thames and the SoHo District, and the identification of two inaugural projects that could be quickly developed to kick start the regeneration of the City of London’s primary open space asset. Follow the competition.