Futurescape City Tour

How might new technologies shape the future of Edmonton and the Alberta Capital Region? 

How can innovation be guided to support the future sustainability, prosperity, and well-being of our cities and communities?  

How can we ensure new innovations and new technologies reflect local needs and context?

What sorts of networks and relationships are needed to support locally accountable forms of innovation?  

 

CRSC partnered with Futurescape City Tours to host a series of photography walking tours of the Edmonton urban environment. Participants were invited to take photos, jot down reflections, and notice their city or community in a fresh light, while considering its past, present, and future. Facilitated deliberation before and after the tour, as well as informal conversations with researchers, stakeholders, city planners, and officials, encouraged all participants to voice their concerns and desires for the future of their communities.

Participants had the choice of three tours to explore Edmonton's changing relationships with technologies and innovations. Following each tour, participants came together for a deliberation session to share photos, look back on the sites visited, and identify key themes arising from the tours.

Edmonton Tour 1: Creating Sustainable Urban Communities

Tour Length: 1.4 miles (walking and driving) Click on each tour stop to see the location and tour photos.

Stop 1 (9:30 a.m.): Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Tower to view Blatchford redevelopment area

Stop 2 (11:00 a.m.): Driving tour of Blatchford redevelopment area

Stop 3 (12:00 noon): Lunch at NAIT

Stop 4 (2:00 p.m.): NAIT Nanotechnology Facilities Tour

Finished at Mercer's Tavern.

Side excursions included Light Rail Transit (LRT) infrastructure, a traditional suburban area, and the Alberta Aviation Museum

Edmonton Tour 2: Innovation Spaces

Tour Length: 10.6 miles. Click on each tour stop to see the location and tour photos.

Stop 1 (9:30 a.m.): Century Park LRT

Stop 2 (10:00 a.m.): Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

Stop 3 (10:15 a.m.): nanoAlberta Crystalline-Cellulose Plant

Stop 4 (11:00 a.m.): Quantium Technologies Inc.

Stop 5 (11:45 a.m.): Alberta Centre for Advanced Micro Nano Technology Products

Stop 6 (1:00 p.m.): Enterprise Square Atrium

Stop 7 (1:30 p.m.): TEC Edmonton

Stop 8 (2:30 p.m.): Walking tour of downtown Edmonton

Stop 9 (3:30 p.m.): Startup Edmonton

Finished at Mercer's Tavern.

Edmonton Tour 3: Infrastructure, Technology, & Innovation

Tour Length: 31.3 miles. Click on each tour stop to see the location and tour photos.

Stop 1 (9:15 a.m.): City-Region Studies Centre (CRSC)

Stop 2 (10:00 a.m.): Chancery Hall, Office of Infrastructure

Stop 3 (10:30 a.m.): The Quarters walking tour

Stop 4 (12:30 p.m.): Lunch at Enterprise Square

Stop 5 (2:00 p.m.): E. L. Smith Water Treatment Plant

Stop 6 (4:00 p.m.): CRSC

Finished at Mercer's Tavern.

 
 

For more pictures from the Futurescape City Tours, visit the Futurescape City Tours website, the YEG Futurescape City Tours Flickr album, or download the online summary report.