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  1. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Agree -- and in this case those "pretty pictures" played a big part in the project being approved despite numerous substantive non-compliances with the applicable planning policy vision as set out in the Marda Loop ARP. It seemed that any concern raised was met with swooning over "the incredible...
  2. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    No, not the breezeway -- I am referring to the columns that support the cantilever along the south facade. In the picture at the top of this page they are substantial concrete columns, whereas in the renders (see pic below) they are shown as thin black posts. As these columns bifurcate the...
  3. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I too am very curious. Don’t think it will be possible for the finished product to live up to the renders — eg. not surprisingly, it looks like each floor plate will be more than 2” thick as shown in the renders — that front cantilever that floated high above the City sidewalk with minimal...
  4. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I wish the City was more focused on the long term plans for the city and its neighbourhoods, instead of just reacting to individual projects! As Chair of an inner city CA's Development Committee I saw lots of current opportunities to make our community denser, more complete and more walkable...
  5. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I agree that the City acted as "judge" in this case, but they were not an independent judge. When the Provincial Government set up the DP approval process they recognized that municipalities lacked independence on these issues, which is why they provided the opportunity for DP approvals to be...
  6. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Time will tell to what extent Courtyard33 turns out to be "a good development", or any better than any of the other mixed-use developments being built in Marda Loop and elsewhere in Calgary these days. The 2nd storey courtyard area may become a great "hidden" public space, or it may end up a...
  7. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Except in this case the land use redesignation application was specifically designed to PREVENT the merits of the development permit application from being assessed by "judges" (in this case the SDAB). If both the City and the developer were confident that it was "a good development", then why...
  8. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Based on my reading of the SDAB decision I would say that RNDSQR should feel very, very fortunate. The decision appears to completely gloss over how a set of simplified plans, containing no dimensions, attached as a schedule to a Direct Control bylaw that provides except as otherwise specified...
  9. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | The Providence Group | Casola Koppe

    Neither the developer nor the City felt that retail would work in that location, but they were looking at the location in its current "pedestrian desert" state -- they failed to consider the significant stream of pedestrian traffic that will pass along the front of this building once the SWBRT...
  10. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | The Providence Group | Casola Koppe

    The original plan for Lyfe (formerly ML33) had the grade along the front of the building remaining level (rather than rising to the west to match the street as it rises towards the Crowchild interchange), with "bridges" that gave the westmost 2nd storey units "at grade" access from the rising...
  11. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | The Providence Group | Casola Koppe

    I completely agree. Still waiting to see the proposed Streetscape Master Plan for the Marda Loop business district from the City's Main Streets group (they did their public engagement last year and the proposed Streetscape Master Plan was supposed to go to City Council's PUD Committee in...
  12. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | The Providence Group | Casola Koppe

    Not expecting the walk along the front of this project to get to/from the new BRT stations to be much fun.
  13. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Don't think there is any way to make it impossible for an appeal to be filed. It will be interesting to see whether the SDAB takes the position that Subsections 685(3) and 685(4) of the Municipal Government Act will apply in this case to limit the available grounds to appeal the approval of...
  14. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Actually, the DC bylaw has a simplified copy of the DP plans attached as a schedule and provides that a building that complies with that schedule: (1) qualifies for a 22m height limit (instead of 16m) and an FAR of 4.0 (instead of 2.5); and (2) is a permitted use. This approach was sold to...
  15. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 21.64m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Out of curiosity, how long do you have to be a member of Skyrise Cities, or how many messages do you have to post or likes do you have to receive, to no longer be described as a "New Member"?

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