March 1, 2005
by Canadian Architect
The Masterplan for The Bridges community in Calgary’s inner city has been awarded a Mention in the "masterplanned communities" category for the 2005 MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards. This award program is for un-built or incomplete projects that respond to the client’s development brief and are examples of architectural excellence. Projects completed for more than a year are eligible for the long-running MIPIM Awards competition.
The Bridges Masterplan was the only winning entry from North America. The project was initiated by The City of Calgary and developed by Sturgess Architecture with Carlyle & Associates and Keith Orlesky. It is one of three projects commended in its competition category that also include Luchao Harbour City, near Shanghai, China (von Gerkan, Marg und Partner Architects) and Stratford City Masterplan, London, UK (Fletcher Priest Architects, Arup Associates, West 8).
Located on the former General Hospital lands in Bridgeland-Riverside, there will be approximately new 1,575 residential units housing a population of approximately 2,500. "As the landowner and developer of the site, The City of Calgary will realize key strategic objectives that will increase population in the inner city, support transit use and encourage pedestrian activity," says Colleen Roberts, Project Manager of The Bridges.
The vision for The Bridges is the creation of an urban neighborhood that respects, enhances and takes cues from the surrounding community while creating a distinct environment of its own. The pedestrian-friendly design encourages people to walk to public transit, work, stores and recreational amenities. This is achieved by streets that are characterized by wide sidewalks, broad tree-line boulevards and distinct lighting.
"As a proud long-time resident of Calgary, I’m thrilled to contribute to the world-class design and thoughtful development of our vibrant, growing city," comments Jeremy Sturgess, Principal and Partner of Sturgess Architecture. "With this award, we have a chance to internationally showcase the unique character of The Bridges. Planning, design and development professionals worldwide will look to Calgary and The Bridges as an example of how to successfully create a new inner-city community which achieves sustainable and social objectives while achieving a sound financial performance."
The winning Bridges submission will be displayed at MIPIM international real estate forum conference and published in the associated catalogue.
Mr. Sturgess and his team will accept an award on behalf of Sturgess Architecture and The City of Calgary on March 9th in Cannes, France.
For more information on the awards program, please visit http://www.arplus.com/MIPIM/index.htm