Canadian Index of Wellbeing – the systems view of progress

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing results are out today. While we are drawn to the promise of “sunny days” in our country, and we are a fortunate nation, at this challenging historical moment, particularly in comparison to our neighbours, this is not the whole story of the quality of our lives. The CIW is a … More Canadian Index of Wellbeing – the systems view of progress

Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 1

A New Leap Forward for EcoDistricts Denver, Colorado is a city with confidence.  This is confidence is buoyed by the arrival of nearly 4000 new residents each month, adding to a population count of 670,000, alongside nearly $4 billion of new investment in the past year alone. “We’re booming!” is the apt description by the … More Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 1

Planning for resilience is also social

Amidst growing awareness of the role of urban planning and development in responding to the need for urban resilience against climate change, we can begin to recognize some standard protocols and responses. Typically, what springs to mind are efforts to reinforce seawalls and dykes, improve natural as well as engineered flood and storm-water management systems, … More Planning for resilience is also social

The Play Test

Creating extraordinary quality public space is seen as key to creating ecourban neighbourhoods that are attractive and inviting enough to entice city residents out of their habits and patterns of uses of city space to try something news. The public spaces of neighbourhoods are where the tests of diversity are most obviously passed and failed, … More The Play Test

In Malmö, social sustainability by policy design … and by neighbourhood surprise

In Sweden, the City of Malmö takes the question of social justice to heart – in the same sense as intended by the World Health Organization in its 2008 report, Closing the Gap in a Generation: “Social injustice is literally a question of life and death.” The Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö was struck … More In Malmö, social sustainability by policy design … and by neighbourhood surprise

Introducing the Ecourbanism Worldwide research blog

Ecourbanism Worldwide is a research project based in the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. This blog will serve as a hub for our explorations in the practice, policy, and ideas around ecourban development at the neighbourhood scale, around the world. You will find posts related to our research, from the … More Introducing the Ecourbanism Worldwide research blog