In 1995, when the opening of Denver International Airport meant the closing of Stapleton International Airport, Denver had the unique opportunity to transform 7.5 square miles of runways, concourses, and terminals into a beautiful, new community. It would be the largest urban in-fill redevelopment in the country and, to this day, one of the largest in-fill projects ever.
The building of Stapleton was a collaborative effort by business leaders, civic officials, and citizens who wanted to have a say in how Denver should grow. The idea was to take the best things about Denver’s classic neighborhoods while applying new thinking such as water-wise landscaping and energy-efficient building standards.
This mobile workshop will explore the evolution of the former Stapleton Airport to the largest urban infill community in America. The tour will highlight how the open-space design has emphasized a more natural prairie landscape rather than traditional park design in order to provide a more resilient landscape in Colorado’s climate.