urban design & master planners
CIVITAS has undertaken specialized studies to generate best practice implementation directives for urban design issues at the city centre scale. The studies are intended to provide a unified vision for a variety of stakeholders, including municipal staff, developers, landowners, the design community, business groups, as well as local residents. Principles and specific initiatives are carefully crafted to help direct future development toward livable communities and people-oriented places within the urban cores. Topics of review and recommendation include urban design evaluation of existing policy, suggestions for achieving human-scaled built form and optimal density relationships, open space integration and distribution, mixed use catalysts and guidelines for optimizing sustainable growth.
CIVITAS has developed major metropolitan and regional plans, collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams of complimentary consultants in the fields of transportation, infrastructure, environment, economics and sustainability. CIVITAS’ experience includes developing 20-year growth plans for metropolitan areas of up to 3 million people and for regions encompassing 60,000 sq.km.
CIVITAS has specialized in design of new neighbourhoods since its inception. Its expertise in this area has earned an international reputation leading to commissions on projects such as Coal Harbour in Vancouver, BC, Pyrmont in Sydney, Australia and Dong Jia Du in Shanghai, China. CIVITAS also has broad experience in preparation of urban design guidelines for major projects.
CIVITAS has extensive new community planning experience for a variety of projects ranging from mixed use communities on large greenfield sites to urban neighbourhoods of several thousand units. This experience is both international and domestic and covers a broad range of markets.
CIVITAS has created resort plans for a number of international locations. We believe memorable vacation experiences, market characteristics, regional architecture, landscape and respect for natural environment should all be sensitively integrated to create a successful resort.