Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Questions pondered while staring at the bottom of the Maryland Bridge:
1. How many mosquitoes can a swallow eat in 1 hour?
2. Are there negative impacts of swallow nests on concrete infrastructure?
3. Should bridges in the next Winnipeg have, as a design feature, articulated bottom profiles that provide swallow habitat?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Despite the relative emptiness of one of these photos (I couldn't resist the clouds), I have been surprised at how many people are using the Assiniboine River skate/walking trail as their commuting route. Additionally it is interesting how few people are now choosing the perfectly servicable riverwalk (year-round trail beside the river). Why is this? Perhaps because there is something magical, unique and peaceful about being on the actual river. Some recent research shows that when it comes to active transportation infrastructure, if you build it they will come. The other photo is of someone I met commuting home from downtown via the river. David, a Winnipeg architect, walks almost 90 minutes each way to and from work, 5 days a week, year round. He cites mental and physical health as his most important motivators for choosing active transportation.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
During the growing season, one can imagine this little greenspace to be a welcoming detail at the front of this house.
Almost assuredly, the Next Winnipeg will be polite.
Optimistically, there will be so few cars that parkades will have to court customers with polite sales pitches.
Cynically, there will be so much free surface parking (or so few reasons to go downtown) that parkades will have to court customers with polite sales pitches.