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Honorable Mention

Amalgamation

Rejwana Rahman
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It is fascinating to see how ‘megacities’ are represented by their monotonous skylines. High rise buildings consume most of the urban spaces, leaving little to no space for nature, leading to climate change. The downtown area of Calgary is no different, rigid grid planning system dominates the entire neighborhood. The downside of monotonous urban pattern entrenched over the site is apparent yet overlooked. The ongoing pandemic has exposed the impact of city planning on the mental and social well-being of its inhabitants.   This pandemic has made us realize how well connected we are via technology, which facilitates us to work from any part of the world. However, it also confronted us with our dependence on the local farmers and their produce that we hardly address. 

This project aims to blur the boundary between the rural and urban landscape of Calgary as a city and proposes more natural ways of engaging with the flood condition in Calgary. Amalgamation focuses on merging different types of zones according to the need which are

  • urban zone (residential, commercial, and recreational block), 
  • farmlands 
  • public zones (parks, wetlands, pools etc.)

image 1: The first axons illustrates how every block have their own separate central plazas where people can gather for different activities and occasions. Pedestrians connects these urban zones with the other zones providing accessibility throughout the city. The farmland axon highlights the farms which are placed on a higher ground to attain well drained soil. Farms are placed on a higher ground as it allows the canals to stay dry for most of the time. As this is on a sloped ground it allows the flood water to get drained easily. 

Image 2: Illustrates the interconnectedness within urban components: how the farming areas will be providing food to residential zone, the abundance of open/green areas will greatly affect human psychology. It will also provide the opportunity for people from different walk of life to interact and socialise by developing business centers and mixed-use buildings. Communities can learn from the farmers on how to grow their own food and decrease dependency on imported food items. 

image 3: The pedestrians’ walkways are designed in a way so that people can have a pleasing journey from the urban area to the more natural zones of the design. The existence of different zones together also provides enjoyable views and experiences for the residents. 

Landscape Architecture, Urban Design
flooding, climate change, food
city
Canada