City Building Design Lab
616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
dates: May 23 - June 20, 2019
What does it mean to have a human connection to place? What’s the future of transportation in Calgary?
The ideas in the exhibition propose solutions that improve the human connection to place. Using the new Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Calgary as a platform for new ideas, we asked artists, architects, designers, planners, engineers and students to help us to rethink the present and future of transportation.
As technology advances continue to transform mobility, the considerations of sustainable, economic, inclusive and accessible options for urban living are something not to be considered lightly. Public infrastructure and the systems that we create to facilitate movement within the urban realm are a design responsibility of human concern.
The ideas are each situated in Calgary and reveal a number of approaches to movement—from visionary ideas of provocation that project centuries into the future, to ideas that are more tactical and can be implemented with temporary means. They consider the human experience from different vantage points to include cognitive need, social inclusivity and physical access. They feature resilience in how movement might help a community to adapt to new social and economic contexts as well as to advancing technologies over time. Others question our connection to the land or reflect possibilities for living a lower carbon daily life.