• Strip Appeal: Strip Mall Revitalization

    Strip Appeal was an ideas design competition and travelling exhibit, intended to stimulate and showcase creative design proposals for the adaptive reuse of small-scale strip-malls.

    In many neighbourhoods across North America, small 5 to 8 store strip-malls, once anchors of local retail activity, have become today's suburban blights. Envisioned as community hubs of consumption and services, many of these places are being abandoned, becoming underutilized and dilapidated as services move out of local neighbourhoods in favour of larger-scale shopping districts serving a greater catchment area. Long deplored for their inefficient use of space and lack of aesthetic appeal, strip malls are uncelebrated, unloved and often overlooked. At the CRSC, we believed it was time to rethink our relationship with the strip mall.

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  • Edmonton on the Edge

    What makes a great city? Edmonton on the Edge explored this question by stimulating discussions that examined, challenged, and suggested what it takes to rejuvenate public spaces, and support the city in becoming an interesting, vibrant, and dynamic place.

    CRSC played an important role in planning and supporting Edmonton on the Edge events.

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  • Flagstaff County Urban-Rural Interdepencies Pilot

    The purpose of this research was to explore the nature of interdepencies between towns or villages and surrounding areas from the perspective of economic, social, and environmental sustainability and to determine their impact on the well-being and prosperity of the Flagstaff Community. The study addressed how towns and villages benefit rural areas and vice versa. It explored the conditions under which alliances are most beneficial, and the ways to facilitate cooperation that would lead to economic growth in the region.

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  • Urban-Rural Dependencies

    Urban-rural interactions and interdependencies are becoming increasingly prevalent as growth pressures and population increases drive urban expansion farther into rural areas. Emerging trends in regional economic clusters, environmental stewardship, and infrastructure development transcend the traditional political boundaries between rural communities and urban centres. Interdependency presents difficult challenges for communities and governments and calls out for innovative responses and collaborative cultures and practices. This research explored urban / partnerships in three regions of Alberta, Canada. A central lesson drawn from this research was the importance pf partnerships and collaboration across government and community actors in meeting shared challenges and development and sustainability.

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  • Capital Region Board Case Study

    This case study looked at the creation and function of the Capital Region Board (CRB), the regional governance structure created in the Alberta Capital Region in April 2008. The study examined why and how the CRB was formed, how it has functioned in its first year, and how it compares to previous incarnations of regional governance in the Capital Region.

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  • Regional Governance Models: An Exploration of Structures and Critical Practices

    Alberta Municipal Affairs commissioned this case study of 12 city-regions worldwide that are similar in population distribution to the Alberta Capital Region. The research responded to two key questions: (1) Are there any effective regional governance models or elements of models that can be drawn from existing arrangements and support structures in other regions with a population demographic similar to that of the Capital Region? and (2) What kinds of governance arrangements might serve as vehicles for inter-municipal cooperation in implementing the regional growth management plan in the Capital Region?

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