ReNew Canada: Find­ing Your Way

January 22, 2014


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.