Looking at urban design from the perspectives of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) reveals innovative solutions to promote equitable access for all individuals.

4ward is a four-dimensional look at the Urban Interface: the Design, Signage, and Wayfinding of public spaces (and the pathways that intersect/connect them).

Four-dimensional? The Urban Interface? Who are you? More Questions?

Putting Humans in Space?

Think 4th dimensionally.

Ever-larger cars and trucks are causing a safety crisis on US streets – here’s how communities can fight back

Deadly traffic incidents have declined in most developed countries in recent years. But in the U.S. they’re becoming more common. Deaths in motor vehicle crashes rose more than 33% from 2011 to 2021. Since 2010, pedestrian deaths nationwide have climbed a shocking 77%, compared with a 25% increase in all other types of traffic fatalities.

Kevin J. Krizek, University of Colorado Boulder

Photo by Nathaniel Villaire on Unsplash



Springtime in Ottawa and Montreal

A season of snow management has washed away all important road markings. Lanes? Guess. Turning lane? Maybe. Stop line? Perhaps.

If the road can be allowed to function without key informational infrastructure (infostructure!), one might ask why the lines are eventually repainted at all. In some cases, the road markings are essential and it can mean traffic relies on the actions of other vehicles rather than the actual infostructure.

It’s a four-dimensional problem for sure.

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