This Weekend: Jane’s Walk – dust off those walking shoes!
DIALOG is excited to be participating in the Jane’s Walk Festival again this year. Our staff have been busy planning their walks and will be hitting the sidewalks May 5th, 6th, & 7th.
Every year, DIALOG staff show off their love for their cities through Jane’s Walk. It’s a chance to share our passion for increasing the wellbeing of communities and to connect with other urbanists. Get outside this weekend and check out these walks that are led by DIALOG staff or focus on DIALOG projects.
What is Jane’s Walk? Jane’s Walk is a grassroots organization started by friends and colleagues of Jane Jacobs – a passionate citizen and urbanist. Despite a lack of formal planning training, her thinking on issues such as “eyes on the Street” and “the sidewalk ballet” have made her a darling among city builders. Following Jane’s passing, her friends wanted to continue her legacy and started Jane’s Walk in Toronto. Jane’s Walk has grown to a global phenomenon with participation from more than 200 cities.
Find all walks on janeswalk.org
Share the love with DIALOG. Take pictures and share on Twitter and Instagram, making sure to tag your pics with the handles and tags below. If you’re on a DIALOG led walk be sure to tag the walk leader.
DIALOG – Twitter @DIALOG #DIALOG Instagram @DIALOGdesign #DIALOG
Jane’s Walk – Global: @JanesWalk Toronto: @janeswalkTO Calgary: @CalgFoundation (they’re the organizer) Edmonton: @janeswalkyeg Vancouver: @JanesWalkVan
DIALOG Walk leaders: Madyson McKay and Alex Pidgeon
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM – Starbucks – Bankers Hall Level 2
Love it or hate it, the Calgary +15 System is an inherent part of Calgary’s identity. The +15 system opened in 1970 as a safe pedestrian network for a winter city. The current system encompasses 18 kilometres and has been heavily criticized for taking away from the street life. This walk will examine the current design and future potential of the +15 system and challenge its role beyond a transportation network.
Walk leaders: Tamara Marajh and Mike Light
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2016 at 1:30 PM – Thomson Family Park – 1236 16 Ave SW
We love conversation and sharing ideas on landscapes and the larger public realm. On this walk we’ll look at old parks, new parks, urban spaces, interesting streets and potential future park space. We want to hear your thoughts on a few gems in the heart of the Beltline, so come on out and join us for a stroll and a chat.
DIALOG Walk leader: Stephen Hews and Doug Carlyle
Date/Time/Location: May 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM – Corner of General Ave and 9th St NE
We will walk through the Bridges area and speak to some of the history of the community and look at some of the factors that are and have been driving the redevelopment of the area. Expect a mix of architecture, landscape, planning and FUN!
DIALOG Walk leader: Michael Matthys
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2016, 9:00 AM – St. Basil’s & Elmsley Estate
This walk explores the idea of heritage character by borrowing the concept of stratigraphy from Geology and applying it to the city. Stratigraphy is the study of strata, or layers, of the earth’s surface that have accumulated over time. Understanding the process of stratification, or how these layers accumulate, allows geologists to understand the history of the earth, and the principal events that have shaped it. We will apply this idea to one of Toronto’s early neighbourhoods—Historic Yonge Street—by analyzing its built form as a series of layers.
Walk leader: Metrolinx
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2017, 1:00 PM – West Community Office
This walk isn’t led by DIALOG, but features a project we’re very proud of. The walk, one of a five-part series led by Metrolinx, gives participants a view of some of the 15 underground stations for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. DIALOG has designed three stations for the Eglinton Crosstown: Avenue, Chaplin, and Forest Hill; the latter will be covered in this walk that focuses on the planning, design and construction of the LRT project, and also exploring the challenges of building a major transit line through the centre of the city.
Walk leader: Metrolinx
Date/Time/Location: May 6, 2017, 3:30 PM – Chaplin Station
This walk isn’t led by DIALOG, but features a project we’re very proud of. The walk, one of a five-part series led by Metrolinx, gives participants a view of some of the 15 underground stations for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. DIALOG has designed three stations for the Eglinton Crosstown: Avenue, Chaplin, and Forest Hill; the former two will be covered in this walk that focuses on the planning, design and construction of the LRT project, and also exploring the challenges of building a major transit line through the centre of the city.
Walk leader: Chelsea Whitty and Jill Robertson
Date/Time/Location: May 5, 2017, 3:00 PM – Departing from DIALOG studio
Using the World Health Organization’s framework for age friendly cities, we will explore downtown Edmonton through the lens of positive aging and responsive urban design.
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