U of C seeks partners for study into revitalization of under-used spaces

The University of Calgary’s Civic Commons Catalyst (CCC) wants to partner with three Alberta municipalities that are looking to revitalize their under-used space.

The study is aimed at taking under-utilized spatial assets in cities hit hard by the economic downturn and increasingly vacated cores and catalyzing them into positive assets that can help revitalize communities. The CCC is identifying zones of opportunity so that assets can be networked together and help focus strategies for economic development and impact investment.

This project was piloted in the City of Calgary. Over the next few months, the CCC is looking to partner with three municipalities in to help them define strategies for their own communities.

The CCC is looking for one municipality in each of the following population ranges:

  • 5,000 to 10,000
  • 10,000 to 25,000
  • 25,000 to 40,000 or more

The CCC is an interdisciplinary and multi-year applied research and development initiative led by Prof. Alberto de Salvatierra and the Centre for Civilization—an interdisciplinary design research lab and international think-tank based at the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Interested municipalities should contact Prof. Alberto de Salvatierra at alberto.desalvatierr [at] ucalgary.ca to discuss the project further and determine their eligibility.