Build a new public plaza or a generous 'boardwalk' in the airspace over the intersection. It could have tons of uses, including a patio or performance space. It could also act to provide shade and sun where it is needed, shelter at the street level, and act as a lantern or light box - to mark the importance of the intersection, draw new people to the intersection and be part of a larger way-finding system for the downtown.... more »
It can be hard to compete with the noise from the C-Trains, but that shouldn't stop us from trying! Public pianos on at least two corners of the intersection means that more people could hear the pianos being played over the sound of the trains when they are present, and could create friendly 'dueling piano' interactions and spontaneous events when people are waiting for the next train to come along. (This idea is submitted... more »
Everybody loves seeing and being seen on the big screen at the Saddledome. People are drawn to the lights and the energy of Times Square. Let's implement a large-scale display visible from all points of the intersection, and rather than advertising, let's display interactive artworks, images of Calgary's history, tweets/texts and things happening on the intersection in the present day. (This idea is submitted on behalf... more »
Let's use the intersection for Beakerhead installations where science, art, engineering, and entertainment collide, either during the event or year-round!
(This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary Public Library IdeaLab Monthly Design Challenge, which used this topic as the focus for the event!)
Let's turn the intersection into an all-ways crosswalk. Also called a 'pedestrian scramble' it enables people to cross the intersection in every direction at the same time. What's more, for that brief moment the intersection becomes a plaza that can be 'occupied' until the light changes. To accomplish this, the surfacing could be changed to allow safe passage across the tracks and this opportunity could be used to think... more »
In the United States, the 'Rock the Vote' movement hosts events and creates awareness for upcoming elections, candidates and issues, with the goal of getting people out to the polls. Perhaps we could consider the opposite, a rockin' celebration held after the election, open only to people who cast a vote and received a ticket or unique confirmation number at their polling station. Moreover, the party only happens if... more »
Be My Eyes is a mobile app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection - http://www.bemyeyes.org/ Over 385 thousand sighted people have signed up to provide assistance, yet only 30 thousand people are receiving help. We could help spread awareness of tools like these to assist more visually impaired people in being even more able, resourceful, and creative... more »
Host Candidate Information sessions on the current role of Councillor and the governance process in an open forum in the Atrium. Provide online resources on the role with references to the Municipal Government Act. Engage retired or retiring Councillors to share information and stories. Have candidates answer a short survey on why they are running, and post answers on the City's website, in addition to any links to their... more »
Track potential first time voters, and when they vote, celebrate at the voting station. At minimum thank them, ideally find fun ways to acknowledge what could be considered a rite of passage that is publicly celebrated. Whether it is balloons, cake, or a sticker, bells ringing etc acknowledge them. Engage a youth focus group to help come up with ideas about how to celebrate in person, and celebrate online. Consider having... more »
Election and Information Services Division should include a polling station at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre for its homeless clients. .
Simple idea based on Wal-Mart greeters: have volunteer polling station greeters welcome everyone as they arrive at the polling station and thank them for voting when they leave. Great role for youth, especially those too young to participate by voting. Think about the visual of the voters of tomorrow welcoming us and thanking us for exercising the right to vote. After all, it's their future we're voting on. Volunteer... more »
Add something delicious to the act of voting. Incorporate a food truck element into an advanced voting bus/truck so that participants get a bit of a perk for casting their ballot. Aligning this with advanced voting stations would be one way to help manage risk or regulations. (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary Public Library IdeaLab Monthly Design challenge, which used this topic as... more »
Could we design a program where mobile ambassadors raise awareness of issues and help stimulate conversation? To keep the conversation as connected as possible we could use a digital tool like a touch or ipad.
(This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of the Calgary Public Library IdeaLab Monthly Design challenge, which used this topic as the focus for the event!)
A mobile voting bus (like a bookmobile) would make schedules stops at locations like nursing homes or hospitals to allow all people to vote without barriers. People can board the bus or request an election officer bring in the voting iPad so their vote counts. They could also be transit voting buses stationed at major transit terminals to help commuters vote. (This idea is submitted on behalf of the participants of... more »