No.264: The Kensington Legion Site
Truman Development Corporation
2016 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Merit for Planning Practice.
The No. 264 project is the result of an innovative partnership between Truman Development Corporation and the Royal Canadian Legion North Calgary Branch 264. A fixture in Calgary’s inner-city neighbourhood of West Hillhurst since 1953, the current Legion building no longer meets the evolving needs of the local branch. The redevelopment of the site envisions a new purpose-built Legion building and a mixed-use, mid-rise development that will provide new community amenities and housing options in the neighbourhood.
In support of the redevelopment process, Intelligent Futures conducted an extensive place-based public engagement process. Operating out of the Legion’s Royal Kensington Room, Intelligent Futures, with partners Civicworks Planning + Design, S2 Architecture, Navagrah Landscape Architecture + Urban Design, and nubix, among others – facilitated a comprehensive and open conversation with the participating community and Legion members. Interested participants could also provide their feedback on a project website, phone line, and on-site sounding board installation open 24/7. By project’s end, more than 460 citizens were engaged over two months in summer 2015. The result? A refined building design and more sensitive integration with the existing community.
design, engagement, urbanism