Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is proposing the city use a neutral third party at the start of the development process in the hope of reducing neighbourhood conflicts over contentious developments. “We … [Read more...] about Reclaiming the Gateway
Places and Spaces
exploring what makes great public spaces in our cities
This question remains a global one and a focal point for all cities and all levels of government, and reaches the deepest roots of our neighbourhoods. It seems to drive many conversations among … [Read more...] about What Makes our Communities Safe?
Is it feasible that placemaking can be at the heart of everything we build? Of course it can - and, first we need to understand its importance and why it's so integral. When it comes to the built … [Read more...] about Placemaking – At the Heart of the Matter
Small space, new reality – how small can you go?I spent years living full-time in a 26-foot trailer with my husband. In this home-is-where-you-park-it lifestyle, we flourished with less space and more … [Read more...] about Small space, new reality – how small can you go?
Keep calm and drive on!Some streets are unwelcoming. The worst for me was an RV park on the Colorado River. To get to our site, we drove over 11 extra-high speed bumps (I counted) and one scary spike … [Read more...] about Keep calm and drive on
Urban densification: fan or pan?I have mixed feelings about growing up. I’m not talking about my emotional state or my height but about cities. Like it or not, our cities are expanding upwards.As a … [Read more...] about Urban densification: fan or pan?
When I think skinny, I think jeans and lattes. After reading an ad in Avenue Edmonton magazine, now I think houses. The ad reads: New homes in mature neighbourhoods, Skinnies by Kirkland … [Read more...] about Thinking skinny in the suburbs
As more North Americans seek healthier and greener lifestyles, cycling continues to grow in popularity. But for all the upsides, there are serious risks for those on two wheels, ranging from injuries … [Read more...] about Lighted bike signals give cyclists a head start
When first conceived, Dockside Green in Victoria, BC, Canada was a living example of a global paradigm shift in the way cities could be built. As an early adopter, the project achieved a lot of … [Read more...] about Rethinking Dockside Green
When living and studying in Sweden I was lucky enough to spend some time in Copenhagen. One of the most exciting things about the city was exploring by bicycle and the sense of exhilaration and … [Read more...] about Bicycle Social Enterprise: Changing Lives from Copenhagen to Mozambique