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    On March 3rd, the Edmonton Heritage Council and Edmonton City as Museum Project are hosting a new edition of their RetroFutures speaker series at Fort Edmonton Park. The series experiments with unique presentation styles to explore historic city planning trends and decisions through an angle of what-if?

    This time, architect Darrel Babuk and IMAX/3D videographer Dylan Reade partnered to create a 3D presentation that tells the story of the City Beautiful movement that briefly gripped Edmonton, by layering the plans and artwork over a 3D landscape. Itís an interesting way to see the cityís form and itís eye-opening to see where City Beautifulís footprint remains in Edmonton today.


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    Very interesting article. Too good to quote much, so please click on the link
    Heritage council sponsors 3D film about Edmonton's city plan that never was

    Gordon Kent, February 27, 2017


    “Everyone’s forgotten about it … This is something to make Edmontonians aware of the history of their own city.”

    “There’s beautiful architectural drawings done in watercolours … You can see what the vision would have been — large pastoral manicured lawns with great classically inspired buildings on either side.”

    Although the plan was never enacted, vestiges of the ideas behind it survive in such historic structures as the Hotel Macdonald, the LeMarchand Mansion and parts of the University of Alberta, said Roberts, the council’s city museum strategy manager.

    The two-hour presentation has a sold-out show Friday and another show Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Edmonton Park’s Capitol Theatre.

    It’s part of the..."


    http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loca...that-never-was




    City Beautiful movement
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    "City Beautiful" redirects here. For the city in India, see Chandigarh. For the city in Florida, see Orlando, Florida.


    The City Beautiful Movement was a reform philosophy of North American architecture and urban planning that flourished during the 1890s and 1900s with the intent of introducing beautification and monumental grandeur in cities. The movement, which was originally associated mainly with Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., promoted beauty not only for its own sake, but also to create moral and civic virtue among urban populations.[1] Advocates of the philosophy believed that such beautification could promote a harmonious social order that would increase the quality of life, while critics would complain that the movement was overly concerned with aesthetics at the expense of social reform; Jane Jacobs referred to the movement as an "architectural design cult."[2]


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Beautiful_movement


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_B...MSIChicago.JPG
    "White City" buildings in the World's Columbian Exposition (1893) widely displayed and inspired the City Beautiful movement, influencing architecture with such Beaux-Arts structures as the Museum of Science and Industry building.


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    San Antonio prior to 1920 with establishment of the Riverwalk

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:C...t_20100321.jpg
    A typical residential street in Miami's Coral Gables
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    Can't wait until tomorrow.
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    I'm looking forward to it, too. It sounds very cool.

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    What an incredible night last night, good to meet some of you for the first time and others for the 100th I was blown away by the images, stories and historical impacts that some of these decisions had on our city. You are in for a treat tonight for those going. I would love to see them show this at the AGA or Ram for an entire year to educate students, citizens and visitors alike.

    Protip - go early and grab a drink at the Selkirk or stick around post show for the same with the presenters to learn more and discuss.


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