We had a chance to sit down and dish the dirt (really, it was about dirt!) with the landscape architects who are ever-so-gently bringing St. Patrick’s Island to life
When East Village Master Developer CMLC asked Calgarians what they wished for on St. Patrick’s Island, 6,000 respondents said they liked what they perceived as the ‘wildness‘ of the space, and wanted it be an urban oasis. That appealed to Barbara Wilks and Mark Johnson of W Architecture & Civitas, the New York/Denver team that won the mandate to carry out the island's master plan over 17 other firms from across North America.
Yet when the two look out over St. Patrick’s Island, they don’t exactly see ‘wild.’ Though the island is very grown over – particularly with invasive species – they see a landscape that bears the footprints and the scars of much human intervention – and a lot of potential.