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Scenario Based Planning as a Foundation for Developing Comprehensive Municipal Plans

By: John Smit BES MCIP RPP (former Director of Economic Development and Long Range Planning – City of Ottawa) CONTEXT Preparing and maintaining a comprehensive municipal plan is foundational to city planning practice.  These plans are developed through a public process to set a policy framework intended to provide direction for how a city will […]

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The Urban Common: COVID-19’s Next Battleground

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By: Jean Trottier “I do not approve your notion of seeing people. By that I mean seeing as opposed to viewing.” – R. Daneel Olivaw Pandemics, we’re told, are a good time to pick up a book. Having read Albert Camus’ latest bestseller La Peste quite a few decades ago, and with little interest in […]

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Placekeeping

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by Peter Soland, civiliti Vancouver hosted this past May the 2019 annual CSLA Congress under the theme Acknowledgment, Awareness and Engagement – Landscape Architecture and Reconciliation. (more…)

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Changing the Conversation – and along with that, the neighborhood character

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By: Jana Kelemen Our cities are struggling with housing affordability. Many political platforms are built around this issue; yet, no significant changes have been made to reconnect the existing housing-related policies with much-needed intensification. (more…)

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CanU11 Hamilton Urban Renaissance | Renaissance urbaine Nov. 6-9, 2019

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    Merci Hamilton! Le Conseil canadien d’urbanisme vous remercie de votre participation au Sommet CanU11 qui s’est tenu à Hamilton. Au cours des trois journées du sommet, nous avons abordé le thème de la « Renaissance urbaine » et avons exploré ses défis d’aménagement et d’urbanisme et Il nous fait plaisir de partager avec vous les […]

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Climate Emergency! What is Urbanism’s Important Role?

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By: John Fleming I’m horrified!  And I am heartened. My Council recently became one of 450 cities across the world to declare a climate emergency.  As the Chief Planner for the City of London, Canada, I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on matters of sustainability and resiliency.  It’s been well understood in planning and design circles […]

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CanU Working Paper 3: Growth in Canadian Mid-Sized Cities

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David L.A. Gordon with Chris Willms & Shuhong Lin SURP, Queen’s University Read Full Report Here Executive Summary Although  Canada is a suburban nation, mid-sized cities are different. We can now compare all of Canada’s mid-sized metro areas to structure and growth trends throughout the nation. Two-thirds of the country’s total population lives in some […]

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Design, disruption, and a healthy dose of competition

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By: Kalen Anderson and Jason Syvixay From a few minutes to a few hours, hundreds of thousands of tweets disrupted our world’s digital landscape seemingly overnight — as the Notre Dame Cathedral was set ablaze.  Its spire, nearly 150-years-old, was destroyed.  As the fire quickly spread, so did our stories of personal connection to this […]

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