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:
Prince Rupert is retooling to take command of its future. Through the new 2030 Vision, it is entering into one of the best co-governance models in Canada – it is emphasizing First Nations collaboration, community action, and public-private collaboration. Beasley & Associates is proud to be working on this exciting new project. Read the full 2030 plan here:
We were delighted to be part of a hugely successful public meeting with Mayor
Lee Brain and a host of First Nations representatives. Here are some photos of that event:
Planning West is the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s quarterly magazine. Check out the Winter 2018 issue here: PlanningWest-v60-No1-Winter2018.
I weigh in on the value of urban parks in this article from CBC Saskatchewan’s Kendall Latimer. Read more here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/wascana-park-regina-purpose-1.5164888
Vancouverism is a fascinating tale of how a city can transform itself through the creation of a distinct style of urban planning. Purchase it here from UBC Press: https://www.ubcpress.ca/vancouverism