Accommodating families with children in high density environments is a key tenet of Vancouverism. Upon their adoption in 1992, these guidelines helped enable the design and construction of residential units with this idea in mind. Read the full document here.
I recently sat down for an interview with Vancouver City Councillor Colleen Hardwick. We had a very productive discussion, and covered topics ranging from public consultation in the city to the upcoming elections. Listen to our full conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvcB6KES2Rg
Last week I had the privilege of giving a virtual keynote address at the Moscow Urban Forum. Renowned urbanists from all over the world participated in the event, which you can watch in full here – skip to 9:42:00 for the beginning of my speech.
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched cities around the globe to their limits. In a virtual lecture hosted by AIR Rotterdam, I discussed how the principles of smart and equitable city-building have been relevant throughout this global crisis – as well as how they can be used to create more livable cities post-pandemic. Listen to the full lecture here: https://youtu.be/wVp62ANyYhw
Vancouver may not totally be the “paradise city” that the Globe called us, but it is true to say that almost three-quarters of residents enjoy the benefits of the 15-minute neighbourhood – that is absolutely the result of aggressive civic planning. Now if we could only find a way to offer this to people of all incomes in secure housing – this is the current challenge! Read more here.
Vancouver’s transformation into a model for urban planning around the world did not happen by accident. Rather, it is the culmination of decades of careful and innovative policy decisions. I discussed the process with Peter Edmonds-the host of the Rennie podcast, which you can listen to here.
As part of the City of Westmount, Quebec’s Imagine Westmount 2040 project, I recently keynoted a webinar that discussed the building of sustainable cities. You can watch it in full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qshOcSJ2EyQ
For more info on Imagine Westmount 2040, click here: https://engage.westmount.org/en/project/imagine-westmount-2040/
Last year, I had the pleasure of aiding the transformation of Downtown Saskatoon into a vibrant, livable urban neighborhood that the city’s residents will be proud of. A detailed description of our plans can be found here: