Reimaging Edmonton’s downtown as a cultural, entertainment, and economic district
Planning for the ICE District represents a turning point for the Edmonton Downtown area, a plan to spur an economic and cultural revitalization within Edmonton’s central core.
Comprehensive planning and engineering work set the path for development of this former brownfield site to transform itself into a vibrant new mixed-use, transit-oriented community that adds commercial office, residential, and retail uses around a new public plaza and NHL arena.
At the center of the planning process, we created a new land use zone that provides vital pedestrian linkages between the MacEwan LRT Station, the north edge, and the rest of downtown. The zone demands a level of design excellence that dramatically adds to the urban landscape. We worked on street activation through prescriptive regulations on urban design, at-grade street frontage, 360-degree architecture, articulation of building facades, night scaping, and winter city design.
With an intense public engagement program including open house forums, website, and social media interaction, we helped engage thousands of Edmontonians in an open, inclusive design process.
Now complete, the ICE District delivers a vibrant core for Edmonton’s downtown, from hockey games and higher learning to retail, residential, and transit.
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