Resources for Winter Cities

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Magazine Issues

PDF Smart Growth and Winter City Design PDF Winter 2005
PDF History of the SnowCastle 1996-2009.pdf PDF Winter 2004
PDF Press Release SnowCastle of Kemi PDF Summer 2004
PDF Living in Harmony with Winter The Michigan Municipal League Magazine

PDF An entire issue devoted to winter cities.


PDF Influencing Travel Behaviour in a Winter City
PDF Influence of Climate
PDF Schoolchildren’s Adaptation To Winter In Cold Climates
PDF Anchorage, Alaska Exploring Color in an Urban Frontier
PDF Looking at NUUK – Greenland
PDF Playgrounds


Master Plans / Guidelines

PDF Marquette master Plan*MEMBERS ONLY
PDF City Of Houghton
Walkability / Pedestrian Plan
PDF Fort St.John
Winter Cities guidelines*
PDF Land Use and Design for Cities in Northern Climates

Conference Materials

BEAT Summit – October 2009
PDF City of Marquette.pdf
PDF Land Use and Design for Cities in Northern Climates PAS.pdf
PDF Living in Harmony with Winter.pdf
PDF Pedestrian Mobility in Winter.pdf
PDF Winter Culture and Celebration.pdf
PDF Fort St.John
Winter Cities guidelines

Ralph Erskine, Architect, Sweden

Here houses and towns should open up like flowers to the sun of spring and summer, but also, like flowers, turn their backs on the shadows and the cold northern winds, offering sun-warmth and wind protection to their terraces, gardens and streets.  They should be most unlike the arcaded towns and matt-shadowed streets of the south Europeans and Arabs, but most similar in the basic function…helping people to maintain their skin at a comfortable 35 degrees C.

When studying the beautiful towns of the south, whether old or new, it is not the forms themselves which should interest us, but the inventiveness and artistry with which people solved their needs which were peculiar to their situation and time, the comfort and beauty which they created.  Only by such methods can arise a personal and indigenous Alaskan, Canadian, Scandinavian or North Russian tradition.