urban design & master planners

Time+Architecture Magazine article on Liangzhu New Town /
As part of their case study of contemporary practice of garden city design in China, Time+Architecture Magazine interviewed us about our design for Liangzhu New Town in Hangzhou, China. The interview and case study will also be part of a book to be published in 2020.

在进行现代田园城市经典案例研习时,T+a 时代建筑杂志采访了我们关于中国杭州良渚文化村二十年来的设计想法以及设计回顾。这份采访同时会作为良渚书籍的一部分即将在2020年进行出版。

Construction for Greenlane West, phase one of the Alexandra Park Master Plan, has commenced.  Here are some recent comments on the project / 
“When Alexandra Park embarked on the journey of developing their site, it was important to us that the planner really understood the context to the surrounding areas, the context to lifestyle needs and wants and how do you build a heart for a very large groups of suburbs that had no heart...[the master plan] has blown everyone here in New Zealand away with what has already been termed by Auckland City Council as their best example of responsible, fully integrated urban design and the most elegant and sophisticated development within Auckland.”
    - Dominique Dowding, CEO, Alexandra Park Racecourse

"The Alexandra Park redevelopment is one of those projects you want to be involved with as its benefits were clear to see from the start when the vision was first pitched to Council….Whilst I am looking forward to seeing the end product and know it will make an absolutely positive contribution to Auckland’s built environment and will stand as a precedent for design standards moving forward, for me one of the biggest achievements was having this resource consent reviewed by and approved by an independent commissioner who had no prior knowledge or involvement in the pre-application work.  This is especially so when it is realized that the height of the development, the mixture of uses and in some respects the intensity of use was never envisaged by the District Plan for this site, the fact that it was signed off for approval at officer level is a shining endorsement that this was the right development on the right site and in the right part of the region."
    - Mark Weingarth, Lead Consent & Performance Specialist, Auckland Council

Currie Barracks wins Honourable Mention for City of Calgary Urban Design Award / 
CIVITAS Urban Design and planning, the lead urban designer for the town core of Currie Barracks, have been awarded an honourable mention for the Mayor’s 2015 Urban Design Award, in the Mawson Urban Design Award category. The submission team included Urban Design Associates, Design Workshop, and Brown and Associates Planning Group, and the project owner was the Canada Lands Company.

Currie Barracks wins Merit Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) / 
The Currie Barracks Masterplan entry From Cowtown to World-Class Urbanism, was recently awarded a highly prestigious 2016 Charter Award in the Neighbourhood, District and Corridor category. Joe Hruda and Sok Ng of CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning, lead urban designers for the town centre and retail core of Currie, were pleased to attend the CNU ceremony in Detroit this past June. Chris Elkey of Canada Lands Company accepted this major design award - recognizing Currie’s dedication to new urbanism planning and design principles. Currie is a 195-acre master planned community in Calgary that strives to attain the highest level of livability with an urban mix of residential, retail, office, institutional, and green space. Currie has the largest concentration of heritage buildings in Alberta and balances heritage preservation with new built form. In addition, the design of Currie responds to the climatic context of Calgary with a focus on how pedestrians can have a better experience through all the seasons.

The Transformation of Northeast False Creek /
A recent article from the Globe and Mail reports on the launch of the Vision for the Northeast False Creek Waterfront Entertainment District by CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning. The Plan, on display for public feedback during a recent Open House, envisions the new neighbourhood after the removal of the viaducts.  It will be a world-class destination with an active waterfront, an ‘Indie Lanes’ district, and a new architectural approach to house an estimated 15,000 residents. This dynamic neighbourhood will be adjacent to the proposed Creekside Park - soon to be Vancouver’s second largest downtown park.

Calgary Centre City Urban Design Guidelines wins the 2017 Award of Planning Merit /
The comprehensive urban design and streetscape guidelines booklets for the Calgary Centre City, initially conceived and prepared by CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning, recently received the 2017 Award of Planning Merit from the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI), in association with the City of Calgary, MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc., AECOM and Beasley & Associates.  The award acknowledges projects that significantly contribute to the livability of communities in Alberta.

Alexandra Park featured in New Zealand HOME Magazine /

The August/September 2016 issue of HOME magazine, a New Zealand publication, has just anointed Alexandra Park as number one of the “Model Citizens’ thoughtful higher-density developments that are livening up their neighbourhoods.  Alexandra Park, a mixed use redevelopment of an existing trotting racecourse, is master planned by CIVITAS.  The first stage of the project is now under construction.

The Union Court and University Avenue Precinct at the Australian National University /
Stage One of the potential long-term Urban Design Framework Plan is currently commencing – with the initial selection of architects, landscape architects, and key engineering team members underway. The first phase of development includes a strong east to west corridor of University Avenue that connects a new city gateway to a completely redesigned Union Court.
This revamped plaza will be framed by new buildings of comfortable heights and scale, all organised to create an active, public space that opens onto a fully realised Sullivans Creek Green spine. Segments of a new Loop Road System will provide improved access from the north, and an underground car park will span below Union Court. The overall staging approach includes a carefully considered demolition strategy for the removal and replacement of dated university facilities.

Roma Street Parklands wins the Green Flag Internal Award /
Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane, completed in 2002, was recently awarded a Green Flag International Award, which honours international public park excellence in sustainability, community involvement, horticultural standards, cleanliness, and providing a warm welcome.  Roma Street Parklands was designed by PARC, a design consortium including CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning, Gillespies Australia, Landplan Studio [now AECOM], and DEM Design.

Zayed City District and Federal Precinct /
The Abu Dhabi Executive Council has approved construction of the Zayed City Commercial District infrastructure. Zayed City will be Abu Dhabi's new Capital City District. 
Master Plan & Urban Design Advisors: CIVITAS Urban Design & Planning, Beasley and Associates. 
Federal Precinct Master Plan: CIVITAS Urban Design & Planning, Perkins + Will.

CIVITAS appointed Lead Urban Designer for Alexander Park Urban Village Development  /

CIVITAS has been appointed as the Lead Urban Designer for Alexandra Park urban village development in Auckland, New Zealand. Alexandra Park promises to be Auckland's most visionary and vibrant ‘live, work and play’ precinct.  CIVITAS has overseen the urban design and landscape architecture for the urban village development of 223 Greenlane West located adjacent to the Auckland Trotting Racecourse.  The first phase will deliver a new public destination with a sense of urbanity, blended and integrated with high-quality landscape, with street life offering shops and cafes, office and residences - and new amenities to complement Cornwall Park and the Epsom community.

CIVITAS selected as Lead Urban Designer for Australia National University  /

As a result of winning an international tender process, CIVITAS, in partnership with Oculus from Sydney, have now been selected as the preferred urban design firm to lead the ‘reimagining’ of the core precinct for Canberra’s Australia National University.  The vision shall create a robust urban design framework that transforms the 1970s era central spine of University Boulevard and Union Court into a vibrant, mixed-use ‘Lifestyle Village’.  New, cutting-edge facilities such as a world-class library, student services building, retail, teaching, research and cultural spaces, student accommodation, a new administration building along with townhouses and apartments will be carefully integrated into a place for people to gather, create, and share knowledge.

"Morphology of Main Street" published in November issue of Canadian Building Magazine / 
Article describes the components of a successful, walkable Main Street using recent CIVITAS projects as examples of how to design streets for people, the importance of a main square, building a great retail experience, and balancing a mix of uses.
CIVITAS selected to participate in a paid "Co-Opetition" to generate innovative approaches to walkable, dense and compact communities in a process designed to challenge standard planning practices /
The landholder engaged three leading design firms, including CIVITAS, to create a master plan for more than 45,000 new residents at Calgary's urban edge. The project brief encouraged the teams to explore diverse housing typologies and unique open space opportunities while leveraging the assets of the proposed light rail link to downtown, and the retail and cultural amenities of Seton Town. The agricultural traditions and natural beauty of the site were a key factor in design decisions.

CIVITAS and Perkins+Will team selected to produce Edmonton City Centre Airport Lands Master Plan /

CIVITAS, together with Perkins+Will, Vancouver, and Group 2 Architects of Edmonton, were chosen to design the master plan for the City Centre Airport Lands for the City of Edmonton, Alberta. The CIVITAS/Perkins+Will/Group 2 team will develop the ‘ConnectiCity’ vision for this 220 Ha site with a potential population of 30,000.

Rouse Hill Town Centre awarded Urban Land Institute’s 2010 Global Award for Excellence /

The Urban Land Institute awarded GPT Group, the developers of the Rouse Hill Town Centre in Sydney, Australia, with the 2010 Global Award for Excellence as one of five best examples of land use in the world. CIVITAS prepared the master plan and development guidelines for the new mixed-use regional town centre.

Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 win Canadian Institute of Planner 2008 Award for Planning Excellence and the Planning Institute of British Columbia 2008 Award of Excellence /
Both the CIP and the PIBC awarded the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 Framework Plan with awards of excellence. CIVITAS collaborated with Busby Perkins + Will of Vancouver, under the leadership of Larry Beasley & Associates, to develop the 2030 vision for Abu Dhabi.

Anthem Properties has received rezoning application for CIVITAS-designed Station Square /

CIVITAS did the preliminary master plan for the project for Station Square, a redevelopment of several blocks and an old shopping mall in Burnaby, BC.


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