Friday, May 11, 2012

‘Making Stations Places, Block by Block’ at Chinook Centre

Creating places where people can live, work and play without relying primarily on the automobile is a central focus of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). It is quickly becoming one of the options for sustainable growth in Calgary, and other cities across North America.

The City of Calgary’s “Making Stations Places, Block by Block” event, launching at 11 a.m. today at Chinook Centre, will share the idea of TOD with citizens and will give them the opportunity to pitch in their own creativity with a fun exercise using colourful building blocks.

“Transit Oriented Development is a relatively new idea for the city, one that citizens mostly aren’t too familiar with,” says City Planner Ryan Hall. “The aim of the event is to involve Calgarians in a discussion about how some of Calgary’s CTrain station areas can be transformed into communities where options for work, home life and play are all available within walking distance and access to transit.”

Using 8,000 colourful building blocks, citizens will be given the challenge to create buildings around three different transit stations that show some of the elements that are the focus of good TOD. Some of these elements include respecting the landscape, planning the land use to leverage transit, creating great public spaces, transitioning height and density of buildings, providing excellent transit service and managing parking.

“We look forward to seeing the variety of buildings people create,” says Hall. “It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ concept for development and the event will demonstrate that through a wide range of original ideas from Calgarians.”

This event marks the beginning of a family-oriented travelling road show to Calgary festivals about transit oriented development that will run over the summer months.

For more information about this event, further events like it this summer or to learn more about TOD, visit or call 3-1-1.

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