The planning codes and process in Calgary's inner city make meaningful architecture difficult if not impossible. The goal of this project is to develop an alternative code, or building envelope, for the inner city that encourages architecture, and distinguishes the inner city from the suburbs. In developing this envelope, this project explores the conflict between architecture and planning within the context of a Utopian conceptual framework. An analysis is conducted of both current planning practice and alternative approaches to urban planning that support complexity and diversity in established areas of the city. The design project is presented as an urban code, supported by an implementation plan and two buildings that illustrate the code's intentions.
Inner City, Calgary, Urban Planning, Utopia, Building Envelope, Zoning, New Urbanism, Townhouse