8 Innovative Concepts Win Ideas Competition in Calgary

8 Innovative Concepts Win Ideas Competition in Calgary 


Calgary, AB. February 8, 2019 - Seeking for ideas to improve human connection with mobility, and in the context of the new Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Calgary, d.talks and The City of Calgary launched the MOVEMENT call for ideas last summer. The search for new, provocative ideas, was completed in January, when the jury selected the winning entries. 

The members of the jury: Giovanna Borasi (Canadian Centre for Architecture), Amanda Hurley (City Lab), Brigitte Shim (Shim-Sutcliffe Architects), Don Mulligan (Transportation Planner), Nabeel Ramji (Bricolage Calgary), Cowboy Smithx (Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society) and Marianna Vaidman Stone (Gehl Institute), selected one overall winner and seven category winners.

Overall Winner: 

Metabolic Movements: Recovering Riparia through Slow Flows” by Tawab Hlimi is an idea about slow infrastructure that juxtaposes two layers of movement: that of complete streets optimized for pedestrian and bicycle safety, along with a layer of stormwater flows that considers daylighting the Confederation Creek. Linked through the common flows of people and water, road and riparian corridors are visualized as a hybrid metabolic network, integrating geographic notions of ‘place’ with infrastructural imperative of ‘performance’.

Category Winners: 

Provocative Idea: “Back to the Future Wild West” by Sergio Bianchi, Simone Fracasso and Chiara Pellegrin. This idea addresses the simultaneous conditions of an expanding  urban footprint and concern for endangered Mother Earth. Their proposal looks 200 years out and imagines how to use the light rail as a backbone for a new city…a land where the buffalo might again roam.

Tactical Idea: Landprints: Designing for Ephemeral” by Juliana Morar and Celia Lee, proposes a solution to rethink the dedicated parking lot with a system of various shared, adaptable spaces for public use.

Resilient idea: “Alyth-Bonnybrook-Manchester on track(s)” by Bram van Der Heijden, considers the potential for social and economic change in an industrial neighbourhood by adapting a disused rail network and incorporating active transportation. 

Public idea: “Route X” by Sarah Danahy crowdsources to capture the experiential knowledge of streets and paths.

Memory idea: “Threaded Identities” by Kaitlyn Pelletier and Scott Bell identifies unique character traits of seven areas along the proposed Green Line that reveal the history, ecology and culture along the route.

Climate Sustainability idea: “9 Minute Villages” by Mark Cooper, Terry Klassen, Gregory Hart and Michael Taylor. This idea considers a zoning of a nine-minute cycling radius from an LRT station and explores future land use opportunities.

Technology idea: Destination: station” by Hayden Patullo, Immanuel Arole, Kristen Forward, Charlene Karl, Danielle Kim, Craig MacDonald, Sumaya Nsair, Peter Tomanek. Their idea considers autonomous vehicles in looking for ways to develop a transit station as a destination.

An exhibition and public engagement activities will take place over the coming months that feature these winning ideas. A public call, “What’s Remarkable” is currently taking place. Anyone can submit an image, a story, a poem, an illustration of what is remarkable about movement in their neighbourhood to #dtalksmove or to hello@dtalks.org. A selection of these ideas will be included in the Movement exhibition later this year.

The public activities relating to Movement are produced by d.talks with the support of The City of Calgary, the Alberta Government and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.


About the Design Talks Institute (d.talks

d.talks is a Calgary-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, research, and public connection with the architecture and design within the urban environment. It produces exhibitions, discussions, open forums, workshops, seminars and conferences for the public regarding architecture, art, and design. Find more at dtalks.org


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