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 »
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 »
Make the zoo free for those wearing cowboy gear during Stampede.
To encourage connections between people of different backgrounds. Gather people together. One person has flowers, they take the flowers to a stranger and ask them a question they've always wanted the answer to. The person answers the question and gets the flowers. And they repeat. (this idea is from my table at the civicinnovationyyc launch.
For people that are unable to visit areas and venues within Calgary in person, create virtual reality tours of those areas.
Update the Plus 15 systems with consideration of universal design to to improve accessibility for all, to help overcome visible and not so visible barriers to accessing the network.
Instead of having a yellow line at the platform; replace it with a yellow bar or gate.
The bar or gate cannot move until the incoming train hits a sensor both incoming and exiting the station.
This could also be improvised to work in a way that people exit through one gate and people board through one gate, strategically placed at each door.
Controlled pedestrian crosswalks should be standardized across the city. That is, the lamps should be placed either on the north or south side of the street, and east or west side of the avenues.
For example, if I walk down 15 Ave SW from 8 St to 14 St, I use two controlled crosswalks. But one is on the south side (8 St) and the other is on the north (14 St).
Bike lanes and the bicycle network of Calgary has become an integral and innovative sector of city transportation. Cultivation of new ideas and investment in better ways of getting around town on a bike has been steadfast as changes in technology (e.g., folding bikes, 700C tires and fenders, E-bikes) and outdoor apparel continue to roll forward. We see from the bike count data obtained from counters at 25 locations (City... more »
Replace feeder buses with self driving cars to bring people to their nearest LRT station. Use path finding and realtime request monitoring to automate carpools to make self driving feeder vehicles more efficient. Leverage the high smart phone market penetration and low barrier to entry for mobile and web app development to create a multiplatform ride requesting application. Use built in GPS and location knowledge to... more »
Light the peace bridge in red and green during the Christmas season.