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Canadian Urbanism Uncovered



  1. Lets get this started.

    In the centre of Berlin stands a sloping field of 2700+ concrete slabs with thin pathways weaving throughout. This is the Berlin Holocaust memorial, purposely reminiscent of a field of tombstones. Foreboding, overwhelming, saddening, peaceful. A successful public space.

  2. Memorial park in Calgary is a great example of a public space. It has manicured trails complete with water fountains. The park is anchored by the Boxwood Cafe on one corner. It has the calgary public library on the other end as an architectural gem. The sidewalks incorporate water sprays for children and adults to play in. The trails crisscrossing the park create islands of grass for sunbathers to claim as their own for a few hours. The most integral component of the park is that they regularly bring out movable chairs and tables for public use, my fiance and I would regularly go out and eat our dinner out in this beautiful park. Research of public spaces has shown that movable chairs are integral for creating public use for these spaces as it allows people to adjust the chairs just so to create the perfect spot for them!