About the Project:
The “Living Island” is envisioned as a resilient and floodable landscape in the heart of Calgary. This design builds on historic channels and landforms of the island, with a new channel, a seasonal beach and wetland where water existed as late as 1960. Otherwise, the island ecology is being restored. The channels offer safer access to the water for exploration and new wetlands provide vital habitat only accessed by boardwalk. The channel and wetland will change over time, revealing the seasonal dynamism in the river’s flow. The philosophy is uncomplicated: draw on the ecological history to restore the island ecology and increase biodiversity while providing new enticements for visitors to interact into an expanded public realm.
St. Patrick’s Island is at the center of an ambitious redevelopment strategy for the East Village in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This design creates both a city-wide destination and strategically located community resource. The 30-acre island sits in the center of the Bow River and at the confluence of the tributary, Elbow River and is adjacent to the East River, a 49-acre redevelopment project in downtown Calgary. Few major cities enjoy a river that is as healthy as the Bow and a district that will be as connected with its vital riverfront.