Five architecture teams have been shortlisted in a competition to redevelop Canadian Airports Lands in Edmonton, Alberta. Three European teams, SWECO from Stockholm, KCAP from Rotterdam, and Foster and Partners from London join Perkins + Will’s Vancouver office and BNIM from Kansas City in a competition run by the City Council.
Mayor Stephen Mandel commented: "These are world-leading design teams that have come to Edmonton to work with us to plan a new community in the heart of Edmonton. As the developer for the site, the City will ensure Council's vision is met to make this development world-leading in ecological, economical and social living. At this stage, we're seeing some preliminary ideas which are truly inspiring visions for the future of our city."
The seven key principles laid down in the brief are; planning and design; ecological footprint; infrastructure; family housing; open space; technology; and history. It is hoped that the final proposals will enhance the city with generous green spaces, long term environmentally sustainable plans and innovative uses for the many historical buildings dotted across the city.
Each of the shortlisted practices will present eight poster boards featuring sketches, renderings and textual information, together with a five minute video explaining their masterplan design. The presentations can be found at www.edmonton.ca where viewers can record their thoughts on the designs. These comments will be considered by the Selection Committee before a final decision is made.