Kensington is proud to host a new interactive public engagement
installation on the Safeway Plaza.


Created with the intention of making Calgary more walkable, Near Here combines exploration and human interaction, resulting in organic wayfinding to help pedestrians discover “what’s near here” in the neighbourhood. The board’s aim is to encourage active transportation, leverage community knowledge, and activate a space within the community.

The Near Here board is a physical, analog chalkboard (around 6.5ft high and 4ft wide) that will be mounted into the sidewalk. People will be invited to engage and interact with the board in order to create a living wayfinding system for a neighbourhood.

The Near Here project began at the City of Calgary’s 2018 Pedestrian Hackathon. The project won the “Play” category at the Hackathon and went on to receive a grant from the Alberta Traffic Safety Fund to bring the concept to life. With the support of the City of Calgary and four of Calgary’s communities, the Near Here pilot project is taking place between May and August 2019. The team is comprised of three current and former MRU Information Design students and a transportation engineer, working to bring the pilot project to the streets (or more accurately, the sidewalks) of Calgary!

Find out more on the website:

And find the project on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @nearhereyyc 

Kensington-specific tag for this project is #nearherekst 


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