Edmonton Parks and Biodiversity Assistance

Edmonton, Canada

City of Edmonton

2014 to 2015


SvN has been working with the Edmonton Parks department to prepare a series of plans that coordinate various elements of the city’s open space network. Focusing on the city’s greenfield developments, the project aims to integrate parks, naturalized areas, wildlife corridors, recreational facilities, golf courses, allotment gardens and utility corridors into a continous network of open spaces. The assignment includes the day-lighting of Mill Creek, new wildlife bridges and underpasses, multi-use trails, storm-water management facilities, orchards and a series of erosion control facilities. As part of the work, a number of highly graphic renderings were prepared to better communicate the diverse components to the general public.

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Our team conducts engagement processes with clients, end-users and members of the community to understand existing conditions, identify options, negotiate solutions and secure the support of public and funding agencies. We use innovative graphic and modelling tools to illustrate architectural, urban design and planning visions to clients, stakeholders, regulators, potential investors and the public.
We have a long history of planning and designing the public realm of cities, including streets, building facades, public places, the space between buildings and open spaces. Our team has pioneered significant aspects of the “complete streets” concept, demonstrated through landmark projects like the St. George Street Revitalization, the Bloor Street Transformation and the Six Point Interchange Reconstruction.
We undertake site analysis studies, from site scale up to secondary plan scales.  We work with developers and public agencies such as Build Toronto and Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to complete due diligence and Highest and Best Use Studies for their lands.