Video Discussion Topics
Why were the Bow and Elbow Rivers so important to the development of Calgary?
How did the arrival of the CPR contribute to Calgary's development?
How does this compare to the impact of the oil industry on Calgary today? What other events/industries have contributed to Calgary’s development?
What was the role of the Calgary Town Planning Commission in 1911?
What are the similarities and differences to today? How did they do?
Why would a Planning Commission
Alexander Calhoun was one of the original members of the town planning commission - what else is he famous for?
Review the Thomas Mawson
plan. How would Calgary have been different had this plan gone ahead?
Why was housing such an important issue at this time? What is different about housing today?
What evidence do you see of forward thinking during the 1911 - 1929 periods?
Activity 1 - Looking Deeply
Activity 2 - Building a Community
Activity 3 - Utterly Utopian
Debate and Deliberate
Should cost override design? (Issues examples: LRT, Airport Tunnel or Peace Bridge)