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UPFRONT | PROLOGUE

UPFRONT
PROLOGUE

URbAN bRAILLE
PATRICK MCCORMICK

FORÊT URbAINE
PAULA MAIJERINK

EN_ >LP+ URBAN FOREST
FR_CHAQUE éTé depuis 2012, une rue voisine du Musée McCord
de Montréal devient un environnement piétonnier imaginatif et
extraordinaire. Et quand la rue Victoria prend sa nouvelle identité
à la fin de chaque mois de mai, le quartier gagne un parc de plus.
Habitants et touristes y prennent leur déjeuner, lisent et organisent
même des fêtes d'anniversaire. Le Musée, qui a lancé le projet avec
la Ville de Montréal, organise des événements allant des vernissages
à des spectacles de danse en passant par des concerts.
Lorsque le Musée McCord a lancé le projet en 2011, il cherchait à
élargir son public et la visibilité de sa collection d'objets historiques
canadiens et québécois. Pour la ville, la nouvelle identité estivale
de la rue crée un espace public bien nécessaire. Thierry Beaudoin
et Paula Meijerink de WANTED landscape, de concert avec France
Cormier et Frédérique Caplette, ont travaillé avec des consultants
de l'Atelier Big City pour aménager un lieu accueillant qui sensibilise
aux questions de densité urbaine et au manque de verdure dans le
centre-ville. Cet îlot enchanteur de nature urbaine démontre le désir
d'une transformation plus permanente de la rue à l'avenir.
En 2012, Forêt urbaine 1 a été mise en nomination pour le prix
Vers des rues plus conviviales : les meilleures mesures d'apaisement
de la circulation à Montréal. En 2013, Forêt urbaine 2 a été mise
en nomination pour le Grand Prix du tourisme de Montréal. À l'été
2014, le parc a attiré 207 600 visiteurs durant les quatre mois
d'été, ce qui représente une augmentation de 44 % par rapport à
l'année précédente.
paula@w-a-n-t-e-d.com
PHOTO FORÊT URBAINE, 2014. PHOTO WANTED

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EN_KELOWNA'S DOWNTOWN sidewalks incorporate
urban Braille, a system of physical interventions to aid
individuals with visual impairments. The sidewalk's
Pedestrian Zone has an ample width that allows
white-cane users and people with guide dogs to
travel with confidence. It is free of obstacles. Any
potential obstructions were moved to the furnishings
and frontage zones, which are separated from the
Pedestrian Zone by a continuous run of basalt pavers.
This "shoreline" is a visual and tactile cue, signaling to
visually impaired pedestrians that they are within the
Pedestrian Zone and moving in the right direction.
Inlays of brightly coloured, textured polycarbonate
tiles alert pedestrians that they have reached an
intersection. For individuals who are completely
without vision, the textured surface is easy to detect
with a white cane or underfoot. Two bollards on each
corner of each intersection align with the outside edge
of the crosswalk. Once white-cane users detect the
warning strip, they can follow it to the bollard. There,
they can read the name of the facing street and the
cardinal direction, engraved in Braille on the top of the
bollard. The base of each custom-designed bollard is
rectangular in shape, so visually-impaired pedestrians
can place the heel of a foot against the base and align
themselves to enter the crosswalk.
The sidewalk is sloped down to the same level as
the road surface to provide a manageable transition
for all pedestrians, especially the visually impaired
and those with walking aids. As visually impaired
pedestrians cross the intersection, they can hone in
on the audible signals from the opposite side of the
street. The tactile warning strip on the other side
indicates that the crossing has been completed.
FOR MORE ABOuT KELOWNA,SEE P 42.
PHOTO GALLERY: > LP+
pmccormick@kelowna.ca



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Essay | Essai
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Doggy Style
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Tiny Taxonomy
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - 38
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Lying Down in Public
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - 41
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - 45
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - A Non-Urban Approach X3
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - 53
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Opinion
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Critique
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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