• Montreal subway cars get new life and revitalize public space
  • Read the summary | Kids and Place Lab: Learning from the United States and exploring for Canada
  • Cities as Places of Transformation: A Presentation from Jayne Engle
  • Crafty placemaking with Brussels-based Urban Foxes
  • This February, Edmonton will host the second Winter Cities Shake-Up

From our Blog

Cities as Places of Transformation

Last May, Jayne Engle gave the keynote presentation at the Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience (MUSE) Symposium on the enormous transformative potential of cities - and the thorny obstacles that are preventing the kind of wholesale changes that would allow cities to be liveable, resilient, and inclusive. Here is the introduction to her presentation: Cities as...
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​Montreal subway cars get new life and revitalize public space

Elvira Truglia Civic Innovation Blog Series: Campus—City collaborations. This post is the second in a series showcasing the seven selected projects of the Civic Innovation Awards. Launched in the fall of 2015, the awards program supports innovative collaborations between post-secondary institutions and community organizations, municipalities or businesses that strengthen their communities. Montreal's South West is...
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Crafty placemaking with Brussels-based Urban Foxes

This is second in our Placemaker Profile series. Read Part 1, an interview with Victoria Dickenson, here. We first heard of Urban Foxes, a Brussels-based collective, when one of its founders reached out to us, sharing their “Saint-Cath-sur-Mer” project. We found this to be an unassuming yet impactful approach to bringing people together around a...
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Placemaker profile: Victoria Dickenson

This is the first in a Placemaking Profile series in which we will share short conversations we've had with leaders in Canadian cities - from those who are actively building places that foster social inclusion to those who listen, engage, and tell stories from the communities that make up our cities. For more information about...
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Articles from SPACING

Weekly feature blogs produced by our partner, Spacing, the Canadian urbanist magazine

WWW: Making art functional in cities around the world

Alleys to Art A neighborhood in Philadelphia has transformed a formerly derelict alleyway into a work of art by installing a glowing LED mural. The project aims to improve the safety of underused spaces that otherwise attract crime. Solar powered, glow-in-the-dark bike lanes in Poland Poland is testing new glow-in-the-dark bike lanes, entirely powered by […]

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WWW: Rethinking urban space

Designing urban spaces for women How Vienna incorporates gender into public policy and urban planning practices to promote inclusive urban design. Placing pedestrians first to improve urban livability A guide to improving the walkability of cities, thereby improving urban quality of life. How Barcelona is reclaiming public space for pedestrians, not cars Barcelona is restructuring […]

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Bikes and Belonging: helping Toronto feel like home

This post by Yvonne Verlinden is part of Spacing’s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank at the University of Toronto. Yvonne’s research project was funded through the RBC Partnership for Change: Immigrant, Diversity, and Inclusion Project at Ryerson University.  How can a bike change one’s experience of a city? This summer, I explored this […]

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Notes from Holland

As an architect on vacation, one does not travel merely to escape the ennui of change orders and field reviews. Time spent abroad in another city is an opportunity to witness firsthand the delicate balance between human activity and its constructed counterpoint, and how this interaction becomes physically manifest in the way a particular city […]

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