October 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VISIONS FOR DOWNTOWN IN AN ELECTION YEAR
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS
WITH 3D MODEL: OCT. 3
Downtown Winnipeg – Plans, images and a 3D model articulating new possibilities for Winnipeg’s downtown will be unveiled to mayoral candidates, the business community, and the general public, at Portage Place:
- Where: Portage Place (Main floor, storefront located in front of the fountain)
- When: October 3, 2014 from 12:00-1:00PM
- What: Unveiling of 3D plan for a new downtown, focused on increasing density, green spaces, and walkability
Students from the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Design program were assigned a project that required building a large model of the downtown as part of proposing how our downtown can be revitalized and what it could look like if surface parking lots were redeveloped and residential density increased. The project, started in 2012, builds upon new ideas and opportunities, develops an understanding of existing initiatives, explores precedents for downtown revitalization, makes proposals for downtown neighbourhoods, and illustrates how development of the public realm can support these visions.
Students focused initially on three schemes – one that identified and enhanced characteristics of districts within downtown; one that suggested increased density along strategic transportation corridors, and one that concentrated density around a green space system. Collectively, they developed a version that combined the best features of each approach, and then individually illustrated the potential of the scheme in specific areas.
The model represents the collective effort and posters illustrate the individual students’ explorations.
“Surface parking lots make downtown very unattractive, and it is commonly accepted that these need to be redeveloped.” says Richard Milgrom, department head of the University of Manitoba’s City Planning program. “However, we also need to consider how the development of these individual properties can create good public environments that are attractive and inhabited 24 hours a day.”
For more information, contact:
Jason Syvixay, Managing Director
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
(204) 958-4635; email@example.com
Richard Milgrom, Department Head, City Planning
University of Manitoba
(204) 471-1979; Richard.Milgrom@umanitoba.ca