Park(ing) Day

October 1, 2018 in Community, Design

In North American cities, there are 4 parking stalls for every car. Downtown cores usually devote 30% of their space for parking. And the average car sits stationary for 95% of its life. That’s a lot of space for vehicle storage. Do you ever wonder how all that asphalt could be used differently? How a parking stall could be transformed into a place for people to enjoy? We wanted to talk to someone who makes us rethink how space in cities could be used.

John Bela is the co-founder of Park(ing) Day, an annual event where parking stalls are transformed into temporary public places.

Resources

Fake Estates, Gordon Matta-Clark

The PARK(ing) Day Manual

Gehl Institute

 

Esteemed Cities

September 17, 2018 in Travel

We love asking our guests to share a city they love and why. The city lovers we’ve had on the podcast generally find this tough to answer, as most enjoy a bunch of cities. Often, they cheat and list more than one city, but because I’m an understanding person, I allow it. The answers we’ve received have been insightful and inspiring, so we thought we would put together a super-cut highlighting the cities that our guests have listed as places they adore. Warning: what you’re about to hear might increase your desire to travel.

The Origins of Olympic Plaza

September 4, 2018 in History

The Olympics are often remembered for the moments that happen during the event, but we thought we’d explore an example of the built legacy that Olympics and large scale events leave behind. Today, we’re going to dive into the history of Olympic Plaza in Calgary.

This episode explores the decisions made and key lessons learned from the construction of Calgary’s Olympic Plaza. Today, Calgary is grappling with the possibility of bidding on the 2026 Olympics, so Olympic infrastructure is top of mind for many Calgarians.

Let’s rewind a few decades to learn about how and why the plaza began. Today’s guest is Richard Parker.

 

Olympic Plaza site before construction. Photo from City of Calgary Archives.

Olympic Plaza site before construction. Photo from City of Calgary Archives.

Olympic Plaza opening day. Photo from City of Calgary Archives.

Concept image of Olympic Plaza. Photo from City of Calgary Archives.

Olympic Plaza Brick Program. Photo from City of Calgary Archives.

Olympic Plaza. Photo from City of Calgary Archives.