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A Challenge for Today and Tomorrow: Urbanizing Suburbia (the Canadian Way)

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By: Alex Taranu, FRAIC, OAA, FCIP, RPP,  Corporate Secretary of CanU  Why Urbanizing Suburbia? In the context of current concerns about climate change, peak oil, sustainability and public health cities and urbanism are emerging as “convenient solutions.”1  The urbanization of suburban areas is a key issue in contemporary urbanism in particular in North America where suburban, […]

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Liberals Release Canadian National Housing Strategy

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Let’s Talk Housing – Canada’s National Housing Strategy Listen live HERE    

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Towards a more inclusive conversation

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Written by: Kalen Anderson (CanU Vice President) and Jo Flatt (CanU Caucus Co-Chair)  Last week in Winnipeg the Council for Canadian Urbanism held its ninth summit, #CanU9. As we head towards our tenth, #CanU10 in Montreal, we have an opportunity to re-think how the diversity of Canadians and our cities is reflected from coast-to-coast.  As […]

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A Brief History of CanU: Part 1 – Humble Beginnings

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Alex Taranu Founder/Director/Corporate Secretary Council for Canadian Urbanism/Conseil canadien d’urbanisme Ottawa to Toronto, July 2017   The precursor of today’s CanU started eleven years ago in Vancouver BC, where a memorable event took place – a joint conference of Canada’s main professional organizations that impact urban design: the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Royal Architectural Institute […]

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CanU9 City Making Math: The Art & Science of Urban Design

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    CanU9 City Making Math: The Art & Science of Urban Design, Sept 13 -16, 2017 CanU9 Summit Program Building on our past Summits, we dug deeply into how we quantify and analyse the decisions that go into better urban design and development, and how we communicate the compelling “math of city-making” in new and better ways […]

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CanU Supports RAIC’s Response to the US’s Withdrawal from Global Climate Agreement

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The Council for Canadian Urbanism recognizes that climate change is tied intimately to the design of urban environments. CanU advocates for cities that are not only inherently livable but deeply resilient. For these reasons CanU wholeheartedly endorses the call by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RIAC) and urbanists for all nations and leaders world-wide to abide by […]

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Prairie Urbanism: Advancing Canadian Design Innovation

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Written by: Kalen Anderson, RPP/MCIP, CanU Board Member (Edmonton) Urbanism across Canada takes many shapes and forms, but the basic principles to build great people-places that set the stage for how we move, live and thrive ties our diverse city-making efforts together from coast-to-coast.  Our evolving, northern, prairie-urban cities are particularly interesting living laboratories for […]

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Transforming Open Data into Knowledge

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The combination of Open Source Data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides an opportunity to transform raw data into knowledge that can support evidence-based decision making. A recent example of this is a set of maps released by Anthony Smith, a planning, design and engagement consultant based in Toronto. These maps were created in his personal time and shared via […]

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