Cogswell Transformed

Cogswell Transformed

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Downtown Halifax: a new network

If you live or work in the Halifax area, you’ve likely seen it, driven it or heard about it: The Cogswell Interchange. Controversial from the moment it opened over 40 years ago, the clock is finally counting down on this concrete knot of roadways entering and exiting Halifax’s downtown core. 

Today, the interchange is seen as a monument to flawed thinking, a wall of steel and concrete that has choked off downtown development. But it wasn’t always that way. 

Back in the 60s, the Cogswell Interchange was an expressway to the future, one piece in a larger plan to transform the way we live and work. In defense of 60s urban planners, Halifax wasn’t the only city with big ideas. Larger centres like Montreal, Toronto and New York had the same lofty goals: stop planning for people to live downtown and start promoting large-scale commercial projects. Major expressways became an essential part of the grand vision: ferrying workers and shoppers from the suburbs to and from the core.

STATUS

2014–15

TYPE

landscape architecture, urban design, civil engineering 

CLIENT

Halifax Regional Municipality

LOCATION

Halifax, Nova Scotia

AWARDS

2015
Canadian Institute of Planners - Awards for Planning Excellence, Neighbourhood Planning

2015
Atlantic Planning Institute - Award of Planning Excellence, Physical Plans & Design

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Context map showing study area in relation to the downtown Halifax and the Halifax Regional Municipality urban core.

Context map showing study area in relation to the downtown Halifax and the Halifax Regional Municipality urban core.

Gap in the Urban Fabric - September 2013

Gap in the Urban Fabric - September 2013

Existing to Future Use

Existing to Future Use

Granville Square and the Ordnance Yard

Granville Square and the Ordnance Yard

View from in front of Morses Tea building towards Granville Square

View from in front of Morses Tea building towards Granville Square

Barrington/Hollis gateway roundabout

Barrington/Hollis gateway roundabout

Popular Lane Gateway and STP Park

Popular Lane Gateway and STP Park

Existing vs Proposed road network

Existing vs Proposed road network

Left: Proposed open space and waterfront greenways Right: Proposed greenways and bike lanes

Left: Proposed open space and waterfront greenways
Right: Proposed greenways and bike lanes

Barrington Street view from Delta Barrington

Barrington Street view from Delta Barrington

(left) Review of Heritage Sites and Open spaces (right) Viewplanes and View Corridors and by-law recommendations relating to both

(left) Review of Heritage Sites and Open spaces
(right) Viewplanes and View Corridors and by-law recommendations relating to both