Edmonton Civic Precinct Masterplan
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton’s Civic Precinct Master Plan activates a vision that will see the city’s civic core transformed into a vibrant, sustainable urban realm. Developed to join and integrate existing institutional, civic, arts and entertainment organizations with the new surrounding catalyst projects the master plan provides a phased unifying urban design. The Civic Precinct Master Plan takes its place among a number of ambitious city-building initiatives supported by Edmonton’s “The Ways” documents, including projects on Jasper Avenue, 108 Street (Capital Boulevard), the proposed Arena and associated entertainment precinct, The Quarters, Chinatown, the conceptual proposal for the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM).
The plan recognizes the unique character of the place, with its mix of major cultural and civic amenities centrally located. It takes the civic core beyond the idea of a hub to create an open urban heart that elevates these amenities, opening up north-south and east-west connections to sustainable transportation, automobile traffic, and Edmonton’s iconic river, meshing the plan into the larger urban context. The master plan looks at the entire central civic area, loosely bounded by 100 St. to the west, 99 St to the east, extending just north of 103 Ave, and south to 103 A Ave.
Won through a competitive process, the design team was composed of Kasian as the Prime Design and Project Management Consultant with Gehl Architects from Copenhagen and gh3 in Toronto. The master plan took approximately a year to complete.