Artists imagine commutes of the future in Ottawa
Flying through the air or never leaving home — what form might our commutes of the future take?
For our Nowhere Fast series, CBC Ottawa has taken a close look at the who, what, where, when, why and how of commuting in the capital.
To combat those bumper-to-bumper blues, we asked three local artists to cast their mind beyond the everyday and imagine commutes of the future.
In the future artist Allison MacAlister imagines, a new superhighway belongs entirely to active commuters.
"As an avid cyclist, I always envision the future of commuting being cycle-friendly, fast and accessible for as many commuters as possible," she explained.
"The rest of my inspiration was purely whimsical; how fun would it be to see steam-powered jetpack and hoverbus commutes in future Ottawa?"
What's the best kind of commute? For artist Sally Vandrish, it might be no commute at all.
"With companies looking to reduce overhead, working remotely will become more and more popular and would also help with alleviating congestion and emission issues," Vandrish said of her creation.
"The 'anti-commute' or 'commute of the mind' illustrates the possibility of one day being able to conference into an augmented reality using avatars/holograms of ourselves, via a virtual reality headset."
Another artist who took the driver out of the commute is Kasia Niton.
"When I think of the future of commuting, I envision a world where our cities are connected through high-speed, self-driven, eco-friendly trains, which would become our main source of transportation."
A potential bonus? It looks like you'll hardly have to spend any time outside during our cold Ottawa winters.
What do you think Ottawa's commute will look like in the distant — or not-so-distant — future? Send us an email with how you imagine getting to work a ways down the road.