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The Peoples' Choice category was created to recognize past examples of good urban design that have had a transformative impact on our quality of life in Edmonton. The nominated projects were built before the start of the Edmonton Urban Design Awards program in 2005.

Here’s your chance to choose which project you feel best exemplifies the qualities of good urban design.

What is urban design?

Urban design involves the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities. Urban design is the process of giving form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, to whole neighbourhoods, and the city.

Alberta Legislature Grounds

The Alberta Legislature Building and grounds, viewed from the north.

Legislature Building
Architects: Allan Merrick Jeffers & Richard Palin Blakey
Opened in 1913

Legislature Grounds
Architect: Macintosh Workun & Chernenko Architects
Opened in 1982

One of Edmonton’s most iconic buildings, the Alberta Legislature has overlooked the river valley for over 100 years.

It was designed by Allan Merrick Jeffers & Richard Palin Blakey and was constructed between 1907 and 1913. Parts of the building are made of granite from Vancouver Island and sandstone from Calgary’s Glenbow Quarry.

The current grounds with pools, fountains and stepping stones, were renovated to their present form between 1979 and 1982 as the result of a competition that was won by the architectural firm Macintosh Workun Chernenko.

Hawrelak Park

Hawrelak Park, with the lake in foreground, pavilion and Heritage Amphitheatre

Opened on Canada Day, 1967 (Centennial)
Originally named Mayfair Park - Renamed to William Hawrelak Park in 1975

Designed by Bittorf Wensley Architects

Heritage Festival Amphitheatre
Designed by: Stephen Lu
Opened in 1986

Hawrelak Park, one of Edmonton’s most famous and well-used parks, is a 68 hectare recreation area in the river valley just west of the University of Alberta.

The park was opened on Canada’s centennial, July 1, 1967 and was originally named Mayfair Park. It was renamed William Hawrelak Park in 1975 after the former mayor of Edmonton.

The park was once a garbage dump and a gravel crushing pit. With its generous landscaping, lake and riverside location, it is now the grassy home to many of Edmonton’s premier attractions such as Heritage Days, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Interstellar Rodeo and the ITU Triathlon, among many other uses.

In the summer months, paddleboats are available to rent and in the winter, the pond is turned into a massive outdoor skating area.

Muttart Conservatory

The Muttart Conservatory's striking pyramids are an Edmonton river valley landmark. 

Architect: Peter Hemingway
Opened in 1976

The Muttart Conservatory, one of Edmonton’s most iconic landmarks, is a design of renowned architect Peter Hemingway. It is easily recognizable as four large, glass pyramids rising out of the landscape in the river valley community of Cloverdale.

The Muttart Conservatory was officially opened in September 1976. The pyramids and surrounding gardens house one of Canada’s largest botanical collections.

Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre

The Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre evokes waves and Alberta's rolling landscape.

Architect: Peter Hemingway
Designed in 1967, opened in 1970
Originally named Coronation Pool. Renamed Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre in 2005

Inspired by the crest of a wave and Alberta’s rolling landscape, the award-winning Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre (formerly Coronation Pool) is a beautiful swimming pool in Edmonton’s Woodcroft neighbourhood. It has been in continual use since it opened on July 3, 1970.

The Olympic-sized pool is constructed with a steel cable structural support system with a wood roof and an envelope of sloping glass. Architect Peter Hemingway, the pool’s designer, won the Massey Medal for Architecture, the highest architectural honour in Canada at the time, for this unique design.

The pool was renamed the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre in 2005 to acknowledge his substantial contributions to architecture in Edmonton.

Victoria Promenade

The Victoria Promenade offers sweeping views of the river valley. 

Carlyle Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
Opened in 1990

The Victoria Promenade, extending from 116th Street to 121 Street and overlooking the Victoria Golf Course, offers some of the most beautiful views of the river valley in the city.

Designed by Carlyle Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, the promenade has transformed 100 Avenue into a unique civic amenity that is loved by the residents of the Oliver community.

While serving cyclists, walkers, runners, rollerbladers and families enjoying the beautiful views of the city, it also accommodates some notable public art by artists Tony Bloom and Danek Mozdzenski. The promenade in its current state was opened in 1990.

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