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EVDS Dean Dr. Nancy Pollock-Ellwand participated in the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Congress held in Iqaluit, Nunavut July 14-17, 2011 - the furthest point north for the Congress in its 77 year history.

At the Congress Dr. Pollock-Ellwand presented her paper Planning Innovations with Cultural Landscapes: Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The presentation provided a comparison of approaches to conserving aboriginal cultural landscapes in 3 countries with similarly significant indigenous populations.

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Environmental Design’s Danielle Rowlands is one of just twenty-six women selected to play rugby for Team Canada in the 2011 Senior Women’s Nations Cup being hosted this August in Oakville, Ontario. This marks Danielle’s second trip to Nations Cup.

“It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to represent Canada again this year. We’ll be playing against teams like England, South Africa and the United States – really athletic and well trained squads. I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone who has supported me in my rugby, it is greatly appreciated!”


The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), in collaboration with Brooklyn-based fabrication house FLATCUT_ are pleased to announce winners of this year's ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition.

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In this weeks edition of FFWD magazine, EVDS Professor Noel Keough and Geoff Ghitter explain how urban growth boundaries can have an even more profound effect inside the city.

As we discussed in our last article, urban growth boundaries (UGBs) surround urban areas, and by restricting urban uses in rural zones, farmland once destined to be a residential neighbourhood or a gigantic mall is saved.

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In addition to the much-anticipated royal tour, another important visit to Calgary took place on Thursday, July 7. The U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, was on Campus visiting the construction site of University of Calgary's Technological Residence, Traditional Living, or TRTL (pronounced 'turtle'), Solar Decathlon project.

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It is with great sadness that EVDS has heard of the passing of Marino Vardabasso. Marino was the faculty's IT person for an amazing 16 years. He will be deeply missed by all of those who knew and worked with here.

Marino's funeral will be held on July 12th at 10:30 a.m. at the McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home at 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.


The Miistakis Institute, an Environmental Design affiliated research institute, was recently featured on Ward9TV with Alderman Gian-Carlos Carra. Discussing the Living with Coyotes Program, a joint initiative between the Miistakis Institute and the Department of Geography, the Institute has developed a monitoring system to track the movement of coyotes here in Calgary.

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We need to draw a line around the city and say “No” to urban development beyond it.

We can’t afford any more sprawling, auto-dependent suburbs. We used to grow food in Cranston, Tuscany, Taradale and Coventry Hills. Rural sprawl is out, too. No more developments like Springbank, Heritage Pointe or Bearspaw, where cattle once pastured or wildlife teemed. And certainly no more environmentally disastrous developments like CrossIron Mills, where an authentic rural community once prospered.

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I’m sure Their Royal Highnesses will be on their best behaviour when they descend upon Canada this week. If they’re not, we’ll all know about it in a heartbeat.