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What are the Commons?

This is an excellent primer for understanding what the civic commons are, why they are important, and what social and ecosystems are necessary to sustain them .

April 21, 2017 Visit Site

Open Data Privacy Playbook

Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain sensitive information about residents. As cities embrace open data initiatives, more of this information is released to the public. While opening data has many important benefits, sharing data comes with inherent risks to individual privacy. This report examines this tension.

April 6, 2017 Visit Site

Incomplete Streets

Incomplete Streets problematizes the Complete Streets concept by suggesting that streets should not be thought of as merely physical spaces, but as symbolic and social spaces. The contributors posit that when important social and symbolic narratives are missing from the discourse and practice of Complete Streets, what actually results are spaces that reinforce inequalities.

March 26, 2017 Visit Site

Just Not the Same

This image bank offers users a selection of scalies in ethnicities that are often under-represented in architectural renderings. It was founded by Rose Florian and Kordae Henry, who  met as graduate architecture students and wanted to change the ways in which architects approach visual depictions of the urban spaces we inhabit. Images are power!

March 26, 2017 Visit Site

Active Transportation Planning Beyond the Greenbelt:

Thinking active transportation is only reasonable in dense, urban environments? This book profiles 13 projects that have improved conditions for walking and cycling in rural, suburban, and urban context beyond the GTHA – the ‘Outer Ring’ of the Greenbelt. Find out how smaller municipalities have implemented off-road trails, paved shoulders, bike lanes, sidewalks and more…

March 16, 2017 Visit Site

Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighbourhoods

Sparking Change explores social impacts of communities in underserved neighbourhoods becoming involved in animating/improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by community members and partner organizations to support this work. Through interviews with community volunteers, partner organizations, and city staff in seven North American cities, Park People highlight five social impacts of park engagement.

February 28, 2017 Visit Site

Data and the City

This report explores the role of city data infrastructures in advancing progress around a range of societal issues – from basic needs (e.g. housing) to governance systems to environmental degradation. The paper is based on six case studies looking at civil society participation around data infrastructures in cities around the world.

February 27, 2017 Visit Site

La ville intelligente n’aime pas les pauvres !

This article presents a critique of the technology-driven “Smart City” rhetoric being used by many city governments. While the term isn’t inherently exclusionary, it can easily be used to justify top-down data collection that serves to control the users and uses of urban spaces. The authors suggest that truly smart cities conceive citizens as producers,…

February 26, 2017 Visit Site

Cities – C2 Montréal

C2 Montréal has announced that the theme for their 6th annual international business conference is Ecosystems. Leading up to the May 2017 event, they`re sharing a host of resources that delve into the ideas of cities as places of collision, but also as living organisms, exploring intertwined notions of architecture, transport, population, and public squares.

February 23, 2017 Visit Site

Defining and advancing a systems approach for sustainable cities

This paper argues for a systems approach in urban research and policy analysis. The authors present four key issues for the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda: institutional setup on urban issues; promoting regenerative culture, behaviour, and design; financing a systems approach; and a new and enhanced role for…

February 10, 2017 Download