Guiding Aspirations

​Since the Market Lands Public Engagement launch on January to May 2017, over 300 Winnipeggers actively participated in the Market Lands Initiative through a variety of forums, with thousands more engaging through the web and social media. Results from this stage of the process were organized into a matrix of common concepts and themes, leading to the development of 5 Guiding Aspirations. These aspirations are meant to provide direction for future planning of the site, influencing the types of uses and the physical character. 
  1. Authenticity

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    The Market Lands should:

    • Respect the rich architectural history of The Exchange District.
    • Advance reconcilation and celebrate Indigenous culture.
    • Protect and enhance the artistic foundation of the area.
    • Draw experience from the diverse communities that surround the site.
    • Build upon the local, independent business tradition of the neighourhood.
  2. Destination

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    The Market Lands should:

    • Strive for a greater critical mass of people living, working, learning, and playing in the area.
    • Create a place that draws people in, and becomes a gathering spot for the community.
    • Return to its history, as a centre for social interaction and local commerce.
    • Achieve something unique, to be a draw for citizens and tourists.
    • Establish a new point of pride for the entire city.
  3. Connectivity

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    The Market Lands should:

    • Enhance the visual and intuitive connections between Chinatown, Old Market Square, Red River College Buildings, and the Exchange District.
    • Create opportunities to draw districts together - north, east, south and west.
    • Improve multi-modal circulation and access in the area – transit, vehicular, active transportation.
    • Better integrate the site with its surroundings through urban design.
    • Focus on accessibility and the pedestrian experience to, from, and through the site.
       
  4. Innovation

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    The Market Lands should:​​
          
    • Showcase new technologies in buildings and public spaces.
    • Integrate public art in a meaningful and impactful way.
    • Strive for architectural and design excellence.
    • Support the community of innovators establishing in the area.
    • Make advancements in winter-city celebration and adaptation.
       
       
  5. Belonging

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    The Market Lands should:

    • Provide affordable and attainable spaces for a mix of users.
    • Achieve a sense of place that’s inclusive, welcoming, and comfortable.
    • Strive for multiple uses and flexible spaces - ‘something for everyone’.
    • Ensure public, open, and permeable spaces at the ground level.
    • Be safe and accessible for all.

Our Winnipeg

​The City of Winnipeg’s official development plan, "Our Winnipeg", includes the land use Direction Strategy called “Complete Communities.” The overarching vision set out in "Complete Communities" is that, “The City of Winnipeg is planned and designed based on a logical urban structure that focuses on growth and change to enhance existing assets, to create complete communities and complete existing communities, and to ensure a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable future through the integration of transportation planning, land uses, built forms and urban design.” "Complete Communities" and it's directions for downtown Winnipeg will provide the policy foundation for the redevelopment of the Market Lands.