City of Edmonton
Janet Rosenberg & Studio
2023 Edmonton Urban Design Awards, Civic Design Award of Excellence
Photography credit: GEC Architecture
Edmonton’s downtown and civic core has undergone significant transformation and revitalization over the last decade. The Civic Precinct Surface and Fountain Renewal was an opportunity for the City to build on that excitement to create a hub for community life and civic celebration. This project largely aimed at reinforcing and strengthening the Civic Precinct as the centre for civic life.
The renewal strategy was designed to showcase Edmonton’s culture as a cohesive space that is modern and forward-thinking while celebrating the site’s heritage. JRS worked closely with GEC Architecture to explore a holistic public realm strategy that connects and integrates the site’s urban design and landscaping within its civic context and with adjacent developments. The design includes a multi-purpose fountain and reflective pool that can be used year-round for wading in the summer and skating in the winter, new lighting for special events and evening activities within the plaza, and child-friendly elements for play.
JRS and GEC Architecture were able to design and develop a dynamic space with artful and sculptural elements that provide a fun and engaging place to meet. The site today is open, inclusive, and accessible to all Edmontonians; it is the defining feature of the Precinct.