Vision and Principles

principles wheelThe Visionary (re)Generation Master Plan for the Fort Garry campus is guided by six main principles, positioning the campus to be a place that is:

1. Connected, networking the campus and connecting to the city;
. A Destination, offering reasons to come and reasons to stay;
. Sustainable, functioning as a living lab;
. A Community built for density and designed for people;
. An example of Indigenous Design and Planning;
. And finally, Transformative in terms of research, learning, working, and living.

These principles are supported by twelve design objectives, and importantly, tied together by the concept of interdependance, meaning that:
The six main principles are not isolated entities, but interdependent and interconnected pieces of the campus and of the vision for its future. An Indigenous way of seeing/being that recognizes the interdependence of all things underlies the Plan and connects its principles together. An effective plan must recognize that all components of a place - such as the land, water, transportation networks, buildings, infrastructure, open spaces, and the people that inhabit it - are linked in complex ways. Each one affects the other, and they must be viewed holistically.

The Principles:


An active transportation network will connect all areas within the campus and provide a link between the campus’s public amenities and adjacent neighbourhoods. Active transportation routes will span the boundary between city and campus, making human-powered mobility a viable, attractive option in all seasons. Placement of transit stops will be leveraged to facilitate dense nodes of new development and provide a seamless link from the campus to the rest of the city.

A rich diversity of places to live, work, learn and play will transform the Fort Garry campus from a commuter campus to a multipurpose destination in its own right. An outstanding public realm (focusing on synergies, distinctiveness, and differences) becomes the framework around which the campus can change and grow, offering a thriving urban culture that is both remarkable and unique.

The University is committed to sustainability from an ecological, social and economic standpoint; and views these dimensions of sustainability as interrelated and mutually supportive. Viewing the campus as a living lab opens new opportunities to apply innovative design, technology and research within the campus environment. The landscape, public realm and built form visibly demonstrate sustainability and provide opportunities for education and growth.

The campus will comprise a compact network of diverse public spaces that encourage social interaction and create an accessible, inclusive, stimulating environment for all. Features, amenities, and a mix of uses will meet a broad range of needs for a diverse community, reflecting the University’s multicultural population and Manitoba’s Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Design and Planning
The University's commitment to Indigenous achievement can have a profound effect on campus design, by finding ways to weave Indigenous knowledge, teachings, cultures, and traditions into the fabric of the campus. The indigenization of the campus, and acknowledgement of the traditional territory in which it is located, can give it a truly unique sense of place reflective of the land and Indigenous identities, with spaces that are open and welcoming to everyone. Indigenous design and planning for the Fort Garry campus include the following principles:

     1. Committing to Relationships and Listening
     2. Demonstrating Culturally Relevant Design
     3. Respecting Mother Earth
     4. Fostering a Sense of Belonging and Community 
     5. Embracing a 'Seven Generations' View   

Enhancing the quality and experience of the campus through physical design and development can help create an outstanding environment for learning and working. Through a greater variety of live/work/learn/plan options, the campus can continue to provide an inclusive and supportive setting for teaching, learning, and research - a place that meets the needs of the University's future, recognizes the Indigenous reality of Manitoba, integrates with surrounding communities, and supports environmental and resource sustainability.