Canal Interpretive Master PlanIndianapolis, Indiana

Browning Day developed an interpretive master plan for the downtown canal to guide the creation of multi-level, functional, interpretive experiences along the Canal. These experiences are sensory, educational and aid in way-finding that draw people to the Canal, inform users of specific topics of interest, expose and connect them to the opportunities that exist there.

This plan established the framework for the development of 11 distinctly themed interpretive spaces adjacent to the bridges of the Canal. The overall theme of water was established and the 11 distinct bridge themes for interpretation were developed through their relationship to water.

These topics were assigned to bridges according to thematic association with existing cultural entities near the bridges. The result of this effort is a document that provides thematic direction, cost opinions and marketing directives for the implementation of the master plan, while at the same time providing a springboard into the pilot design effort at the St. Clair Street Bridge.