Pehonan: Heritage in Urban Design
You'll learn about:
- How to integrate multiple, conflicting histories in the urban design of a place, including indigenous heritage
- How to address heritage within urban design without significant built form to preserve
- How to use urban design as an “imagination” tool to provoke, rather than as a “solving” tool
Rossdale, a neighborhood in Edmonton, Canada, has been a key gathering and ceremonial site for indigenous peoples in the area for thousands of years. Also known as Pehonan (“gathering place” in Cree), it was a key location during the fur trade, and significant to the start of the city and province. Now, it is mostly vacant with large traffic arteries running through it—a result of decades of planning decisions.
Numerous challenges exist: There are few existing buildings or remnants; the landscape has changed significantly, and much of the space is used for roads and utilities. There is little memory about the significance of the heritage of the site.
This poster presentation explores several urban design concepts integrating the heritage of the site, from small to large scale, as a starting point for further discussion, consultation, and imagination. Learn how to rethink heritage not as preserving buildings, but as restoring the conceptualizations of the site as a gathering place and restoring the materiality and memory of previous uses.
Confirmed SpeakerAlix Krahn is currently a planning student at the University of British Columbia, where she focuses on the intersections between urban design and equity. Previous projects have included planning for climate change adaptation in Baliwag, Philippines; researching bicycle infrastructure design for high streets; and an addiction to design competitions. Talk to her about decolonizing design and design for equity, and LGBTQ issues in planning.