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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
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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
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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
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Superblocks: How Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

Modern cities are designed for cars – but the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians, creating more human-scaled streetscapes and other public spaces. Watch this five-minute video to find out how.

January 4, 2017 Visit Site
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Mainstreets: Activating Places for Engaged Community

Co*lab made this toolkit after piloting a process they called ‘Mainstreets’; it is intended to help users activate public spaces & under-used spaces. The approach and methods in this toolkit are an accumulation of lessons learned from years of leading place-based community initiatives in Halifax, NS and beyond.

December 28, 2016 Visit Site
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Kids and Place Lab: Summary

This report summarizes the ideas and outcomes of a Kids and Place Lab, convened in Montreal by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation at Percolab. The Lab brought together about people from about 30 organizations in Canada and the United States, all working childhood well-being, healthy cities, and the lab process as it applies to cities…

November 25, 2016 Download
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The City at Eye Level

The City at Eye Level is a book (co-authored by 90+ contributors), an open source learning network, and a program for improving cities, streets and places all over the world, using public space quality as the backbone. Download the book for free, or choose to purchase a hard copy. If your language is missing, you’re invited to…

September 19, 2016 Visit Site
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Great Public Spaces

These are the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things happen, the places we tell stories about. Browse some of the world’s most engaging public spaces, and nominate one you love.

March 8, 2016 Visit Site
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Active Design Guidelines: Promoting physical activity and health in design

The New York City Departments of Design and Construction (DDC), Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation (DOT), and City Planning co-presented this report as part of the vision of a more livable and hospitable NYC promoted in Mayor Bloomberg’s Design + Construction Excellence Initiative. Produced by the Center for Active Design.

November 28, 2014 Visit Site