By Dr. Meg Holden Model sustainable neighbourhoods today are being built by new kinds of partnerships in new kinds of structures. Arguments exist from a number of different perspectives about why this is needed: to build financial capacity, to close gaps in jurisdiction and authority over different pieces of a project, to distribute risk, to … More New Partnerships Needed for New Kinds of Neighbourhoods
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
By Daniel Sturgeon and Meg Holden In early April of this year, The Walrus magazine published an article titled “The Highest Bidder”, a commentary on unaffordability, predominant speculation, and foreign investment in the Vancouver housing market. The article postulates that these factors are negatively impacting the demographic makeup and permanent residency of Vancouver. … More The Walrus has beached – Calling mayday for collaborative solutions in housing.
Opening up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnerships Immediately following the 2016 EcoDistrict Summit in Denver, Colorado, EcoDistricts held a Research Forum shoulder event hosted at University of Denver (DU). The day was themed around the idea of “City as Lab”. The objective was to advance a comprehensive research agenda for urban redevelopment at the … More Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood up: Part 3
Operationalizing the EcoDistricts Protocol As urbanists attending the 2016 Denver EcoDistricts Summit, the Ecourbanism team was motivated and inspired by the variety of examples of urban regeneration success stories discussed by the many compelling keynote speakers, panelists, and session presenters. As researchers attending the Summit, studying models of neighbourhood scale development, we sought also to … More Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 2
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
By Luc Bagneres Embarking on my honours thesis under Meg Holden for my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University my goal was to explore the process of triangulation. To recall, I had a previous blog post as an introduction to triangulation. To briefly recapitulate, triangulation can be defined as “any temporary disruption of civil inattention. It … More Triangulation: A Thesis Recap + Pokemon Go
Guest post #2 by Gareth Wasylynko This post takes aim at how the design of our urban communities can influence our level of happiness and wellbeing. More specifically, we explore the human responses to urban planning, policy and design decisions. My interest in this subject was sparked by Charles Montgomery’s 2013 book Happy City: Transforming … More Happiness Through Design
Guest post by Gareth Wasylynko “Elevated expressways are a blight on cities and depress surrounding property values” Jeff Speck, Walkable Cities City officials are calling it a “once in a generation opportunity”, the Province of British of Columbia is suggesting we “take a pause here and catch our breath”, while the public sphere is … More Vancouver Viaducts Removal: a “Once in a Generation Opportunity” in Neighbourhood Building?
PART 2: Criticisms of cohousing and the role of government in promoting this form of housing delivery In Part 1 of this two-part blog post, I discussed cohousing in the German context and its potential for improving the built environment from an ecological perspective with more energy-efficient buildings, and also from a social sustainability perspective. … More A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 2