Canada’s urban centres are moving—or at least, they are investing heavily in moving people for the future.
Almost every municipality in the Greater Toronto Area has significantly invested in its transportation systems in recent years, and they aren’t the only ones. Metrolinx’s Big Move, Mississauga’s MiWay, and York Region’s Viva are but some of the transportation system overhauls underway or recently completed. If you throw Ottawa’s Confederation Line into the mix, it’s clear governments are getting serious about transportation infrastructure.
Building systems to help people move people from point A to point B is nothing new, but the scale of projects and the growing volume of urbanites navigating these systems is changing the way builders and designers are thinking about the end user—and early on in the process. As urban centres become more complex, populated, and dense, the implementation of strategies to help people find their way has a huge impact on the safety of built environments, and this eye toward facilitating order is becoming increasingly important.