Blogpost Archives

News, events, and reflections on urban experiments and social innovation

Placemaking for Peacemaking

This is the third in a Placemaking Profile series in which we will share short conversations we’ve had with urban innovators – from those who are actively building places that foster social inclusion to those who listen, engage, and tell stories from the communities. For more information about placemaking, please click here. Rony Al Jalkh:…

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Participatory cities grounded in practical, everyday acts

This is the fourth in a Placemaking Profile series in which we will share short conversations we’ve had with urban innovators – from those who are actively building places that foster social inclusion to those who listen, engage, and tell stories from the communities. For more information about placemaking, please click here. Tessy Britton: Participatory…

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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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Students bring their talents and skills to community projects through Vancouver’s LEDlab

By Elvira Truglia Introducing the Civic Innovation Blog Series: Campus—City collaborations This post is the first of 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. Photo…

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Cities for People + getting to collective impact

Read the original article, Ten Key Ingredients for Collective Impact: Powering Town Halls for Societal Change, by Indy Johar, Imandeep Kaur, and Orestes Chouchoulas on Dark Matter Laboratories. One of the goals set out by the Cities for People initiative during its inception over three years ago was to shake up the ways in which we work…

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Digital technology as one pathway to social inclusion in placemaking

As part of the Placemaking Leadership Forum in Vancouver, we had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions on approaches to placemaking. One session that has stood out so far centred on Digital Placemaking – defined in the program as learning how to build in and wisely use technology in authentic ways that reinforce the place-based…

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Laneway Futures

This isn’t the first time we have written about laneways (see our previous stories on le Parc Oxygène in Montréal and the Laneway Summit in Toronto); they are the sites of an emerging kind of urbanism – one in which communities work together to implement on-the-ground projects that bring to light possibilities for underused or…

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