Register: OCT/31/2018, Submit: OCT/31/2018, Eligibility: Anyone; individually, (interdisciplinary) teams with any number of members, Fee: Free (until SEP/30/2018), 25 CAD (Canadian dollar) (OCT/01 – OCT/20/2018), 55 CAD (OCT/21 – OCT/31/2018), Awards: Overall Winner: 5,000 CAD, 7 Category Awards: 1,500 CAD each
The 2018 Movement Call for Ideas seeks ideas on the human connection to place. Using the new Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Calgary, Canada, as a platform for new ideas, the call aims to rethink the present and future of transportation. Calgary’s first transit was introduced in 1909 with the opening of the city’s streetcar service. Buses were introduced in the 1930s and by 1950, motor and electric trolley buses had fully replaced the streetcar system. The next decade would see the automobile transform the landscape of the city with increased suburban development and sprawl. Further reaching communities and services defined greater need for rapid transit. Calgary’s first LRT line opened in 1981 with 10.9 km of track. Today, two lines with 45 stations and 59.9 km of track transport nearly 300,000 passengers each weekday and is recognized as one of the most successful LRT systems in North America. The Green Line LRT is Calgary’s next light rail line offering more transportation choices for Calgarians and creating new opportunities for community development, mobility options and thriving businesses along the alignment.
We’re seeking ideas about the future of how people will move throughout their city and the community that they will convene. This call seeks ideas on the future of movement for all people in the city. Choose something to improve. Let transit be the vector of change. Your idea submission is the story of how to instigate that change.
This is an ideas competition aimed at generating conceptual thought and provocative thinking. The ideas will become part of a platform for conversation and debate. All winning ideas will be exhibited to the public and part of a series of discussions as well as published online and in print.
An idea on movement that addresses the question of transportation in the future; that provides an approach to the integration of automation, motion sensing, mapping, navigation, accessibility-improving or experiential technologies that enhance public benefit. Does technology introduce new scales of movement that mobility could impact for the better? What human interaction with technology could be improved for getting around in the city?
An idea on movement that improves community connection while considering carbon reduction and greenhouse gas emissions or that employs sustainable materials, systems and processes. This may include the digital or the physical landscape experience. What if you could find all you need to survive in a typical week within 800 metres? What lifestyle change might reflect a lower carbon daily life and a lessened individual impact upon the earth? What if we lived in a city where driving was not necessary?
An idea on movement that considers the role of public infrastructure with connection to place. What don’t we know about the land that we are on that we should know? How can we build upon the history of our city with more sensitivity to the seven generations past and those yet to come?
Public is Everyone
An idea on movement that produces an innovative approach to physical accessibility, vision-impairment, cognitive need and/or social inclusivity that considers healthy communities and improves the social, physical and mental well-being of people. What is the human experience with movement?
An idea on movement that is designed to be flexible and adaptive, recognizing that the social and economic context will change. It explores the tools that prepare people for a better quality of life within their neighbourhood that encourages social resilience and being adaptable to handle change. What is the relationship of transit and community amenities? What can be done or left undone to be adapted over time?
An idea on movement that considers the present and demonstrates neighbourhood impact with a specific urban fragment or urban component that is either temporary or something to pilot, and that includes multi-modal options. What if “temporary” was a core principal?
A visionary idea on movement that is broad in scope and considers the future and reveals the complexity of the urban infrastructure challenge. The idea might deal with a far future scenario that assumes transit to be solving a temporary problem. Or it might explore a near future question on what would improve connectivity in the city. What people are traveling for and why?
The aim of the call for ideas is to generate new approaches to movement in Calgary. We’re hoping to break down barriers in order to build a more connected, inclusive and accessible city. We’re looking for ideas that consider independence and mobility as a quality of life choice and something connected to not only where we live, but how.
The instigation for this call is a new light rail line, the Green Line, that follows the city’s first light rail lines built in the early 1980s. Since considerations around connectivity have evolved in the past few decades, we wanted to provoke this question of movement further into the future. What community connection might be rekindled if the option to live an entire week with everything one needs within 800 metres? How can the nature and scale of a public transit system challenge