+15 - Plus 15 Network
University of Calgary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Project Team (2020)
Gian Marco Visconti
Project Team (2019)
The purpose of this research project is to examine the contemporary function of the Plus 15 elevated pedestrian system as understood by its various stakeholders. This project aspires to understand the different visions of what the Plus 15 could become in the coming years.
Elevated pedestrian systems (also known as skybridges, skyways, skywalks, pedways, etc.) emerged as a modernist approach to urban design in the mid 20th century and have altered the formal and spatial logic of many cities across the world. Calgary's Plus 15 system, being among the most extensive elevated pedestrian systems in North America, is a key example of how early experiments in multi-level urban design in the 1960s have continued to impact the present and future of the city's development, as well as the social dynamics within the urban core.
The purpose of this research project is to examine the contemporary function of the Plus 15 as understood by its various stakeholders. Through a process of co-creation between researchers, professionals, and users, this project aspires to understand the different visions of what the Plus 15 could become in the coming years.
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