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These are working papers associated with PLACES: Platform on Cities, Engagement and Space.
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  1. Reimagining the Suburban Strip-mall: The Future Twist. Architectural Proposal for Petrolia Mall, Greenfield, Edmonton Canada [Download]

    Title: Reimagining the Suburban Strip-mall: The Future Twist. Architectural Proposal for Petrolia Mall, Greenfield, Edmonton Canada
    Creator: Jennifer Tran
    Description: This architectural design proposal applies the lessons of Strip-Appeal.com. IT envisions a new future for Petrolia strip mall. It questions the potential for these spaces to be redeveloped and re-purposed. The future twist of the strip mall is that it’s main appeal will be as a community hub, rather than just a convenience strip for shopping.
    Subjects: architecture, mall, minimall, strip-mall, strip-appeal
    Date Created: 2016/02
  2. Smart Cities Timeline - a chronology of an idea and movement [Download]

    Title: Smart Cities Timeline - a chronology of an idea and movement
    Creator: Rob Shields
    Subjects: Urban, Communication
    Date Created: 2016/09
  3. Edmonton Amiskwaciy [Download]

    Title: Edmonton Amiskwaciy
    Creator: Shields, Rob
    Description: he first suburb of Edmonton, the capital of the oil-rich western Canadian prairie province of Alberta, was arguably the Federal Government of Canada's Papaschase Indian reservation 163. Situated inconveniently close to the settlement of Edmonton-Strathcona that had grown up around a Hudson's Bay trading fort, the reservation was eliminated as its starving populace one-by-one 'took scrip' in the mid-to-late 1800s, and accepted payment to cede their Aboriginal rights to reservation land. Almost a century later around 1970, parts of the area of the reservation of the Papaschase Cree became the site of an idealistic project to create an affordable suburb, “Mill Woods”. This paper considers the respatialization of the former Indian Reservation, the "pentimento" or layers of Indigenous, colonial and modern occupancy of the land, and the current precarity and ethnic relations in the suburb of Mill Woods.
    Subjects: suburbia, colonial, Papaschase, Indian Reservation 163, Reserve, indigenous, Millwoods, Edmonton Alberta, Settler-Colonial, Postcolonial, neocolonial, spatialisation, spatialization
    Date Created: 2015