How can a new mixed-use development serve the needs of the Legion and the Kensington community?
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Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Merit for Planning Excellence
Intelligent Futures led the design of a community conversation to bring a historic social organization into the future of a changing community.
The Kensington Legion Branch No. 264 has been a fixture in Calgary’s inner-city neighbourhood of West Hillhurst since 1953. Like many Legions across Canada, Branch No. 264 was faced with declining membership, shrinking revenues, and changing expectations of the role of social organizations. In 2015, the branch entered into an innovative partnership with Truman Development Corporation to redevelop their inner-city site. The redevelopment emerging from the partnership envisioned a future for the site that includes a new purpose-built Legion building and a mixed-use, mid-rise development that will provide new amenities and housing options in the neighbourhood. Intelligent Futures led the engagement process as part of a multidisciplinary project team supporting the project.
An innovative model for the future of social organizations

Intelligent Futures led the engagement process for the interdisciplinary team assembled by Truman and the Royal Canadian Legion North Calgary Branch No. 264. The team asked a series of thought-provoking questions, including ideas for improving mobility and amenities, and received 1,200 unique ideas from the community. The engagement process was inclusive and diverse, with 160 one-on-one conversations at the engagement storefront, 220 individual notes on the sounding board, and 820 unique website visits and/or input responses on the project website. The project showcased a people-first approach to planning and development, with a focus on community needs and expectations.

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