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June 16, 2023  

APPI Planning Awards - Reminder to Submit!!

Deadline 3:30 PM July 15, 2023

Submission Criteria  Application Form Submit to [email protected]

The awards will be presented at the 2023 Conference luncheon in Jasper, on October 16th.

Each year the Alberta Professional Planners Institute recognizes exemplary planning within the planning profession. Awards acknowledge meritorious plans and projects, undertaken in whole or in part by members of the Institute, that significantly contribute to the livability of communities in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Plans and projects specific to rural and indigenous planning are encouraged.

Applicants are applying for an award recognizing exemplary planning. The Awards Committee determines its meritorious standing of all applications and if they qualify to be a Certificate of Planning Excellence, a Certificate of Planning Merit or whether no award will be granted. There will not be a maximum or minimum number of either type of award given.


  • Comprehensive and Policy Plan
  • Design Plan
  • Special Study
  • Education
  • Implementation Success (new category)

Enquiries regarding the APPI Planning Awards may be made to: 
Kellie Lau, RPP, MCIP, Awards Committee Chair at
780-415-1857 or [email protected]

Better Buildings, Better Communities: An evening with Seattle Architect and green building expert Michael Eliason.

Thursday June 29    6PM Mix & Mingle | 7PM Talk
Telus International Centre, University of Alberta, Room 150, corner of 111 Street and 87 Avenue, Edmonton

You are invited to a special guest lecture and Q&A with Seattle-based Architect and green building expert Michael Eliason (@holz_bau on Twitter, Architect & founder: @larch_lab,  podcast: @LowCO2_city). Michael has been a leading thinker and commenter on a number of topics including sustainable city planning, green building, passive haus, mass timber, co-housing, point access blocks and much more. 

He has presented and published across continents and jurisdictions. Recently he published a report for Vancouver City Council on Point Access Blocks, and how excessive stair requirements are limiting our building potential. You can read more about his work and watch a couple of his videos at the RSVP link. Join us for this special event made possible by MADE Edmonton, The University of Alberta School of Urban and Regional Planning, Industry partners and more.

In Michael's words, his objectives are: Better housing. More affordable housing. Better noise protection. More blue/green infrastructure. Space for trees. Larger courtyards. Until we start tackling those things - and layering additional aspects (hello passivhaus! hello active solar protection! hello homes that can cross ventilate! hello blocks with a diversity of housing types and tenures!) - we're just going to see same poorly planned status quo. Part of why Larch Lab was founded was to change that paradigm.

We can't keep going on like this: Inadequate affordable housing. Expensive market rate housing that is sooo poorly planned. Neighborhoods that are not walkable. Zero climate adaptation in our planning processes. In the end it's mostly geometry. But allows for *significantly* more density, better urban environment, and much better public health outcomes as well.

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