Denver-based urban design studio and strategic consultancy Civitas Inc., has received a prestigious 2014 AIA NY Design Award for its plan to revitalize the 30-acre St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary, Alberta. Civitas partnered with New York-based W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, co-leading a multi-disciplinary team for the design of this island park. An international jury bestowed the project with a Merit Award in the Urban Design category. The St. Patrick’s Island project was deemed exemplary for its collaborative effort and visionary plan to restore and return a significant Calgary parkland to active public use. Read more..
In the late 80′s the Central Platte Valley was an industrial wasteland. In the past thirty years, through strong civic leadership and a mix of public/private partnerships, a series of open spaces have revitalized the South Platte River and catalyzed reinvestment resulting in the densest mixed-use development in Colorado. On April 12th, the Doors Open Denver tour will explore the open space system, the stories behind their development, and how they have re-shaped the Central Platte Valley. Scott Jordan will be your Civitas guide.
Fort Collins provides its citizens with one of the finest park and trail systems in the west. As the city grows it is integrating new community parks to further expand the park system and provide a diversity of experiences to its citizens. Southeast Community Park is a 50-acre site that centers on McClelland Creek against Fossil Ridge High School. Although the area was historically agriculture, orchards and sheep grazing, the creek corridor with its mature cottonwoods and willows defines the park. In a collaborative effort, the city urban drainage and storm water team is rejuvenating the creek corridor and expanding wetlands and natural drainage and flood absorption that is a critical element within the Civitas design of the park.