Wednesday, August 31, 2011

City seeks historic photos of Calgary to help educate the “citizens of tomorrow” about city planning

The City of Calgary is seeking public participation in a video project to help educate kids about how Calgary has developed over the years and the role citizens can play in the process.

The project is part of the activities and initiatives currently being planned to commemorate and celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Calgary Planning Commission, November 13, 2011.

The working concept for the video is to highlight major projects and buildings considered by Calgary Planning Commission over the years from the point of view of both proponents and critics. In recreating the cultural commentary surrounding proposed plans and projects, the video will make use of “before and after” photographs to help illustrate the city planning process.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the project by submitting “before” photographs for use in the video and/or promotion of the video. Examples include pictures of prominent buildings and structures, fields that are now subdivisions; cityscapes or aerial photos from over the years; photos of neighbourhoods that have since experienced redevelopment, and so forth. Video may also be submitted.

“If your family has a collection of historic photos, we want to see them,” says David Watson, General Manager, Planning Development & Assessment. “What a wonderful family project this could be to bridge generations.”

Photos, including a brief description of each (year, location, building name, etc.), can be submitted in the following ways:
Note: All original photos and home movies will be returned upon request; however, if possible, professionally scanned electronic copies are preferred rather than originals.

Background: The City of Calgary wants to let kids know in a fun, educational way that cities don’t just happen. They are conscientiously planned and proposed developments go through an administrative approvals process. City development processes are not without their complexities, but the policies and rules are there for a reason: to help ensure the city is built according to plan. For example, the current vision for Calgary is to become a sustainable city. As Calgary has evolved over the past hundred years, Calgary Planning Commission has played a key role making decisions and recommendations on these matters. For more information on centennial activities and initiatives, visit calgary.ca/cpc100.

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