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Through an inside look at a series of projects authored by his studio, Martin Arfalk, Partner at Stockholm landscape architecture and urban design office Mandaworks, will offer insight into the ongoing conversations surrounding city planning and the role of qualitative public space design in contemporary urban development as part of the Design Matters lecture series on Wednesday, March 11.

Who knows a neighbourhood better than the people who live, work, and play there? During the February block week, EVDS Master of Planning and Master of Architecture students, the Faculty of Social Work and students from the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, brought an exciting new form of community engagement to the Marlborough neighbourhood in northeast Calgary.

When you talk to insiders at the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS), there’s an undercurrent of excitement these days. Two weeks ago the faculty got the go-ahead from university officials and the Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education to launch a new Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree program. The faculty will now start accepting applications for its first class of 15 landscape architecture students this fall.

EVDS students gained valuable experience dealing with real urban planning issues, joining CitySpaces Consulting to collect stakeholder and public input on a proposed project that has been making major waves in one Calgary community.

Will Calgarians really be willing to give up their single-vehicle commutes in favour of carpooling? Noel Keough thinks so, but it could take a while.

Can design operate at the intersection of extreme contextual contrasts? Sujit Nair is principal designer and founder of SDeG in Bangalore, India, and will explore the answers to this question on campus this week as part of the Design Matters lecture series.

Collaboration, culture, and the contemporary city — these are the design foundations at the marc boutin architectural collaborative (MBAC), the award-winning architectural design firm founded by Marc Boutin, associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design. 

The Inglewood district is creating a good deal of interest among businesses attracted by its village atmosphere so close to the downtown highrises. Buildings are being constructed or renovated with respect to the Area Development Plan that leans heavily toward the community's heritage.

PhD candidate Delaney Boyd has recently returned from Sydney, Australia, after being been selected as the only Canadian out of five delegates from around the world to present at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress.

EVDS alumni have been taking their talents to the international stage since the faculty’s beginnings. David Correa, a recent architecture graduate and 2012 winner of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal, is one of the latest of our world-class alum to follow suit.