Temporary heated tent-like structure in the middle of churchill squre used to host a series of winter concerts, events, parties. This idea had previously been brought up by the city but never acted upon.
With a translucent style similar to the Khan Shatyr in Astana (http://www.khanshatyr.com/pages.php?l=01) to allow for natural lighting and appropriate geothermic temperature control during all four seasons. It would great to house restaurants, winter themed stores etc, in conjunction with the tobogganing hills, skating areas and parks either in the city centre airport lands or somewhere in the river valley in conjunction ...more »
Pocket Parks downtown that serve the local residential community are vital to the long-term success of any city. Making downtown livable for residents, especially families, means more public park spaces within walking distance of where you live. In a WinterCity, the park is a place to congregate or hang out on a sunny winter day, make a snow man, walk your dog, and enjoy the fresh air. Some pocket parks may even have ...more »
Sidewalks & Public spaces - We need to pay more attention to creating inviting, public pedestrian streets and places downtown that are inviting, safe, and attractive for businesses and people. Generous sidewalks, attractive street elements, and attention paid to pedestrian crossings at intersections. Patios - Encourage restaurants and pubs to have patios year-round, including heat lamps and blankets for patrons. Allow ...more »
Hold the world's first ever Winter International Video Mapping Competition in Downtown Edmonton. Check out this link: The idea would be to choose 5-6 blank-walled buildings downtown on an easy walking route whereby citizens and visitors could stroll during the winter evening / night, vote at heated hot chocolate / cider ice bar or patios, sample food-truck along the way, socialize, ...more »
Just like we do with our homes, have businesses and office towers compete by lighting up their entrances/street fronts for Dec/Jan. Not necessarily a Xmas theme or style, but perhaps in a more artistic or creative manner to help illuminate our darkest months.
A lot of European cities host outdoor Christmas markets in the winter with traditional Christmas foods, hand made gifts, communal areas (e.g. bonfires/ licensed venues) and entertainment/ activities. I think an Edmonton version of this in Churchill Square would provide a much needed kick off to celebrate winter outside and downtown in the heart of Edmonton at this time of year - even if just for the business lunch crowd. ...more »