Urban Design Firm Civitas Wins International Architecture Award for Transformation of St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary

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Denver landscape architecture and urban design firm Civitas has won the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum/European Centre International Architecture Award for its St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary, Alberta, designed in partnership with W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York. Civitas is currently at work on a master plan vision for a new arts and culture district in Calgary’s nearby Victoria Park, which includes the famed Calgary Stampede.

The revitalized St. Patrick’s Island in the center of Calgary’s Bow River transformed the once-derelict park, winning designers Civitas and W the International Architecture Award.

Civitas has taken on additional projects in the Canadian city … creating a master plan vision for a new downtown art and culture district.

St. Patrick’s Island Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, designed by Denver, Colorado, urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas Inc. and W Architecture and Landscape Architecture of New York, has been awarded a 2017 International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

In addition to receiving the prestigious annual award honoring “new and cutting-edge design worldwide” for the revitalized nature-in-the-city park, Civitas has taken on additional projects in the Canadian city, from updating the playground on St. Patrick’s Island to taking a lead role in creating a master plan vision for a new downtown art and culture district in Calgary’s East End neighborhood of Victoria Park, which includes the historic Calgary Stampede.

The result of a four-year design collaboration by Civitas and W on behalf of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the award-winning 31-acre St. Patrick’s Island Park has been a success since its 2015 opening. The project transformed once derelict public space into a vital outdoor experience and increased ecological biodiversity to create a “living island.”

Civitas’ vision for Victoria Park will “honor and integrate previous and future plans and projects” in the city’s East End area, explains Civitas founding principal Mark Johnson. The firm’s new work will build on the success of St. Patrick’s Island Park, which was instantly embraced by downtown Calgary’s East Village neighborhood as an integral part of the community.

“Ultimately, Victoria Park needs to grow as a vibrant, amenity-rich, mixed-use community that draws on the beauty of its natural surroundings, the strength of its cultural heritage and the spirit of entertainment that resides in its DNA,” Johnson says. “We are honored by this international award from the Chicago Athenaeum and European Centre for our work on St. Patrick’s Island – and plan to continue engaging Calgarians and visitors alike at the same high level of quality design as we help CMLC and the city expand the Rivers District.”

In addition to the just-announced International Architecture Award, St. Patrick’s Island Park’s numerous honors include being named 2016 Great Public Space by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), inclusion in Fast Company magazine’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards and receiving the 2016 Excellence on the Waterfront award from the nonprofit Waterfront Center.

A European traveling exhibition of the 2017 International Architecture Award winners, titled “The City and the World,” will premiere in Athens, Greece, Sept. 8 – Oct. 31, 2017. A complete list of the award winners is available here.

About Civitas:
Founded in 1984 with the core purpose of “creating healthier cities,” Denver-based Civitas, Inc., is an idea-based practice of urban designers, architects and landscape architects engaged in strategic planning for urban change and project design for built works. A consultancy and a design studio, Civitas advises on a wide range of strategies for re-imagining urban life and places, working in U.S. cities coast to coast and around the world. For additional information visit civitasinc.com.

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