PICO IN THE COMMUNITY
How Architecture Shaped Winnipeg’s DNA
By Randy Turner
Published December 2014
Publisher: Winnipeg Free Press
Article featuring Ager Little Architects Inc.
Edited by Lawrence Bird + Sharon Wohl
With an introduction by Dan Lett
Published March 2016
A collection of provocative urban ideas, featuring design contributions from Ager Little Architects Inc.
IN THE COMMUNITY ...
Park(ing) Day 2015
“You Are Here . . . Park There” introduces downtown workers, residents, business owners, and visitors to the possibility of a more vibrant and connected downtown.
“You are Here” is a familiar way-finding phrase incorporated into orientation maps designed to assist visitors in site and building navigation. The Park(ing) installation, proposed by Ager Little Architects, re-imagines the parking spot as both an urban intersection and a giant “You Are Here” point, to help downtown workers and visitors see that it’s not too far to walk to the nearest park. We know walkability provides cities with economic stimulus, attracts tourism, promotes public health and safety, and contributes to the beauty and environmental sustainability of neighborhoods and cities. We want to get more feet on the street. We want to encourage people to visit the parks and civic amenities that have been designed to improve our city. Design is everywhere!
River City 2050
River City 2050
Architects’ role in shaping city’s future
Ager Little Architects Inc. was invited to present this idea and to discuss SHUT THE FLOOD UP!
SHUT THE FLOOD UP!
In re-imagining how the City of Winnipeg could be re-energized, could Winnipeg evolve our weather/water consciousness and institute a controlled grip on the water that pre-occupies our community? We re-imagined a drier Winnipeg where the floodgates are closed for good, the Red River diverted around the City, and the riverbed temporarily vacant… Shut the Flood Up!
A dry riverbed would reveal approximately 1500 acres of prime urban land and a previously hidden topography for creative Placemaking. Shut the Flood Up! proposes a new vision for Winnipeg, one that explores new connections and new opportunities for year round public activity focused on intertwining neighborhood identities and civic character.
Planning a space four times the size of Assiniboine Park allows for neighborhood redevelopment with traditional and sculptural green space, controlled canals, rolling hills for tobogganing, undulating recreation paths, and new energy efficient housing. In cities like Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, Munich in Germany, and Strasbourg and Paris in France, planning is devoted to ensuring the city stays lively year round. New civic space featuring festival plazas, controlled canals for skating or kayaking, boardwalks, clean lakes with urban beaches, ski trails and European-style markets. Shut the Flood Up! and re-imagine Winnipeg.