I spoke with Ian Graham, Director of Planning at R.E. Millward & Associates in Toronto, Canada, shortly before the co-creation session. When speaking about the future of mobility infrastructure in cities, he affirmed the challenge of managing expectations and time:
"We need a plan for people's temporal, minute-by-minute decisions—not just cost."
Director of Planning at R.E. Millward & Associates
Transportation systems in cities have high throughput, and so DHS (Department of Homeland Security) categorizes them as ST-CPs (Soft Targets and Crowded Places), which are difficult to oversee and secure because they are open in nature.
How might we affect people's perceptions about the quality of a space before they enter it, when it's already too late to foster engagement and situational awareness in it?
While continuing my research, my high-level goal is to find ways to make private citizens more responsive to indicators of an attack and attacks in public spaces. My low-level goal is to access people and prime them before they access spaces to encourage their engagement in them.