Taza, Something Wondrous is Coming

September 03, 2020
Three areas of the new Taza development for the Tsuut'ina Nation (Taza Park, Taza Crossing and Taza Exchange) are highlighted on a map that shows the three developments in relation to downtown Calgary.

Set against the backdrop of the foothills, Taza is master planned to be a business, lifestyle, shopping, and entertainment destination. The Taza site comprises more than 1,200 acres and is divided into three unique but connected Villages—Taza Park, Taza Crossing, and Taza Exchange.

Zeidler, working with Gensler, Design Workshop and LightHouse, and in partnership with the Tsuut’ina Nation and Canderel, developed the master plan for Taza. Designed to reflect Tsuut’ina culture, language, and values, the vision for Taza is grounded in authenticity. It begins with a design that conveys the importance of the land it engages, the culture that it reflects, and the people that it exemplifies. This includes the philosophical concepts of connectivity and interdependence, and the Tsuut’ina value of connection to the land.

Taza’s first anchor tenant, Costco, celebrated their grand opening on Friday, August 28, 2020 as part of The Shops at Buffalo Run in Taza Exchange. The opening of the SW Calgary Costco, in combination with the upcoming opening of Tsuut’ina Trail, provides important infrastructure in making the vision for Taza a reality.

These developments will help shape the future for Tsuut’ina, building upon the determination and resiliency of the Tsuut’ina people. Taza will also connect visitors to Tsuut’ina through forward-looking development and design strategies that signal the future direction of the Nation and support future generations.

As part of Zeidler’s work, our team developed a 3D model and video flythrough to convey the interconnectivity of the Taza Villages to one another and to neighbouring Calgary. A comprehensive pathway system, Sundance Trail, weaves through each of the three Villages, and connects to the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, Calgary’s pathway system.

Taza, something wondrous is coming.

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