Livable Winter City Association
Year Published: 1984
Organization profile published 1984
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2921
Abstract: The Livable Winter City Association was formed in 1983 with the aim of the changing the attitude of Canadians toward winter. Its slogan is "Let's capitalize on our climate!" The group wants to provide a focus for the efforts of people in a number of Canadian communities to make winter more comfortable; it also wants to be a vehicle to discuss and exchange information, and to spur new research. The Association publishes a bimonthly newsletter that gives news about climate - adapting products, projects, and communities. It has organized a national competition for students of architectural and planning schools . A "livable winter city" slide kit has been prepared for by high school urban geography classes. A "winter city" conference is being organized for next winter in Edmonton.
Among the innovations the Association is trying to encourage is a mixed-use "windscreen" building, more than a kilometre long, in Fermont, in Northern Quebec. The building provides a number of services on the inside, and functions as a wall shielding the town from winter winds. Other strategies are planting evergreens extensively as wind buffers, and providing information to municipalities and developers on how to plan subdivisions so that all houses are positioned to share the winter sun.
This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1984.