Civic Commons Catalyst 2021: Strategic Interventions Briefing Report

By University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

By Evergreen

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In 2020, the Center for Civilization at the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) and Evergreen laid the foundations of the Civic Commons Catalyst (i.e. “The Catalyst”)—an interdisciplinary research and innovation platform embedded with SAPL’s City Building Design Lab (CBDLab).

With the CBDLab and its partner faculties leading an inter-and trans-disciplinary city-building research agenda—and its growing list of civil society and government partners—the Catalyst is consciously designed as vehicle for transformational and long-term change for the real estate and other city-building industries, organizations and sectors. Aimed at taking underutilized spatial assets in Albertan cities and catalyzing them into positive assets for the community that can revitalize their downtowns, the Catalyst is identifying zones of opportunity so that assets can be networked together and help focus strategies for economic development and impact investment.

Read the media release November 30, 2021: City-building research positioned to catalyze downtown reinvention

This project was funded in 2021 through the Foundation’s Grant Program.




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