As global urbanization increases it becomes more urgent for cities of the future to re-invent themselves as Sustainable Cities. This is specifically relevant for an edge city such as Markham, located in Ontario.
Edge cities are growing rapidly, developing into more self-sufficient urban zones that no longer depend on nearby feeder cities for economic development. Some of the fastest growing communities in Canada are these smaller municipalities that exist on the periphery of major urban centres such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
Regional Road 7 (Highway 7) was once a major highway connecting small communities to Southern Ontario. It has now become an urban traffic artery as a result of the creation of the parallel major highway 407 and increasing residential development. This section that runs through Markham, Ontario, traverses the longest axis of the community.
The focus of this project with the Municipality of Markham is to encourage the public to engage in more responsible and sustainable environmental behaviours through the integration of enhanced digital tools.