Emily Kaing
The Glacier Walk

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, AND LANDSCAPE

MLA M1

EVDL 668 | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO II

INSTRUCTORS: MARY-ELLEN TYLER + JAMIE JOHNSON

The Glacier Walk is a public art proposal designed to address the abandoned spaces situated below major overpasses. The project prioritizes the experience of the human user, moving across the slivers of open space and confronts the existing discomfort caused by the obstruction, loudness, and darkness.


Compounding the discomfort are signs of poor vitality of flora below the bridges, this is caused by vehicular salt mist from above. The existing condition demonstrates how the underpass becomes neglected in service of the cars above.


Geographically the site is centrally located by downtown Calgary. It is bound by the neighbourhoods atop the escarpment to the east, highways and railways to the west, and segmented North to South by walls of earth and concrete holding up the bridges. 
The overall site plan utilizes existing infrastructure and regional pathway networks. The Glacier Walk enhances what is existing to create a sense of identity with signage and materials organized under the theme of glacial retreat, the geological process which formed the valley.