Over the past year UDI of Nova Scotia has joined a group of stakeholders in commissioning New York and Copenhagen based urban design firm, Gehl, to research, collaborate, and produce a Cogswell District recommendations report. The Gehl report is now complete and available for download at www.downtownhalifax.ca/cogswell. An executive summary is also available for download.

The report reviewed HRM’s 60 per cent design with an objective eye. The report is not an alternate design to what HRM is currently working on, but rather a study that includes strategies, best practices, and design recommendations as well as the downtown plan and the seven district goals for the project. The main design recommendations fall under three categories: connectivity, open space, and urban block. HRM has agreed to consider the resulting recommendations in the 90 per cent plan.