2014 National Urban Design Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
2014 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence: City & Regional Planning
The recently completed ION RT corridor in the Region of Waterloo provides enhanced mobility options for the three cities, dozens of neighbourhoods, multiple campuses, the downtowns, major civic institutions, business centres and community hubs along its 36 km (22 miles) extent.
Recognizing the transit was about more than just moving people from A to B the Region retained Urban Strategies to lead a Community Building Strategy which identified key directions for building stronger communities, guiding development, and moving people within, to, and from this Corridor. Working closely with Regional staff, their municipal partners and key stakeholders, our team worked to distill and articulate the city-building opportunities at the corridor, sub-corridor and station level from a mobility, placemaking, and regional strengthening perspective. Our comprehensive public consultation plan involved the use of a dedicated project storefront, open houses and workshops, a series of multimedia/social media tools, and events aimed at engaging youth, as well as campus, retail and industry stakeholders in locations all along the corridor.