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Reimagine the Eastern Transportation Corridor

UM students invited to participate in collaborative workshop

April 28, 2021 — 

University of Manitoba undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to help reimagine the Eastern Transportation Corridor (ETC) spaces on the Fort Garry campus. Join UM’s Office of Sustainability and Architectural and Engineering Services for a virtual collaborative workshop experience on May 13 and 14.

This interdisciplinary, two-day workshop will encourage participants to reimagine the spaces along the Eastern Transportation Corridor by integrating Indigenous Planning and Design Principles into their ideas and concepts for the future planning and design of the corridor. 

The corridor runs along the eastern edge of the Fort Garry campus, adjacent to the Point Lands, and includes Freedman Crescent, Saunderson Street and Dysart Road.

The collaborative workshop supports the five-year plan to enhance the area through road renewal (2018), dyke stabilization (2019), multi-use path development (2020), tree and shrub planting (2020-23), native prairie revegetation (2020-22), seating, signage and wayfinding (2021-23).  

In the workshop, participants will consider ideas and create concepts for three seating and wayfinding nodes along the multi-use path, and develop a strategy for the overall wayfinding and interpretive signage along the corridor. Presentations and guidance from mentors – including members from the Indigenous campus community, faculty and industry professionals – will support students in creating their proposals.

Four essential themes have been identified for the two-day workshop: Cultural Landscape: History of this Place, Water, Ecologies and Creative Expressions on and for the Land.

Guided by the Indigenous Planning and Design Principles, design proposals are encouraged to connect with the site and landscape elements, while celebrating native prairie vegetation and its important role in Indigenous cultures. Breakout sessions will integrate these themes, allowing students to create a collaborative, inclusive environment for exploration and analysis.

The deadline to register has been extended to May 11. For more information on the workshop and how to register, please visit the event page.  


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