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    Edmonton is sending a message: Civic architecture matters – and it is ready to pay for the best.

    Since Bélanger took his current job in 2010, Edmonton has constructed a string of buildings, from tiny park pavilions to a waste depot and this massive rec centre, which are as ambitious as anything in Canada (Clareview won a City of Edmonton Urban Design Award on Friday night).

    Just in the northeast quadrant of the city, we encounter a branch library by the Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, who also designed Halifax’s new showpiece Central Library; a sleek recycling depot by the Edmonton office of Dialog; and the spectacular Commonwealth Community Rec Centre, by Toronto’s MJMA. They are each unusual in their design details, skilfully built, and beautiful.
    And here's another article on city architect, Carol Belanger
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

  • #2
    Very interesting. I didn't realize how much importance the city had placed on architecture for our public buildings. Obviously Mandel lowered our tolerance for crap architecture with his famous line, and that's been reflected in private developments, but it's good to see that same philosophy carried through to our public buildings. That Clareview Rec Centre is a jewel.


    • #3
      This is one City department that thrived under the Farbrother model.
      Let's make Edmonton better.