The Forks Urban Renewal
The Forks Public Places and Long-term Planning
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Public Environment Planning
The exceptional transformation of The Forks site, a former rail yard, reflects a history of trade and social engagement that thrived for 6,000 years.
The first goal was to create a lively public realm on the 80-acre site. Plazas, buildings, walking trails, lighting, signage, a tall grass prairie garden, a waterfront park, and a river harbour became the ingredients for active public participation.
This work was followed by long-term planning to establish a vision for future Forks development and to define guidelines for a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighbourhood.
Thoughtful planning and robust construction contribute to the longevity and popularity of The Forks, which has returned to its time-honoured role as a riverside meeting place. In 2018, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects honoured The Forks with the CSLA Legacy Project Award in recognition of its lasting impact on Canada’s landscape and was named Canada’s Best Public Space by the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2011.
Cynthia Cohlmeyer Landscape Architect
Structural Engineer, Crosier Kilgour and Partners
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Action Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer, Wardrop Engineering
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, CSLA Legacy Project Award, 2018
Canadian Institute of Planners, Canada’s Best Public Space, 2011
Interprovincial Prairie Design Awards, Award of Merit, Tall Grass Prairie Garden, 2005
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Honour Award, 1992
The Waterfront Centre (Washington DC), Honour Award, with The Forks Renewal Corporation, 1992
International Downtown Association Honour Award, with Riverfront Developments Winnipeg, 1992
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