A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 2

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

A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 1

Part 1: Cohousing the German context During our field research into ecourban neighbourhoods in Northern Europe, we saw German and French examples of resident-led housing design and development as an alternative form of housing provision, known in North America as co-housing[1]. In the first part of this two-part blog post, I introduce  the principles behind … More A new form of housing delivery in Germany and France – Part 1

Triangulation & Public Space: Bringing citizens together.

After missing the Seabus on my way to work today,  I decided to go check out Lonsdale Quay Plaza instead of waiting inside the terminal.I then encountered something unexpected at the plaza: Indeed, as we can see from the picture, that is a public piano placed right upon the edge of the plaza near the water surrounding Lonsdale Quay. Having just … More Triangulation & Public Space: Bringing citizens together.

Dockside Green: How a community can grow in unplanned circumstances

Last week, a couple of our research team members: Stuart Dow, Mike Wakely and myself went to Victoria for a site visit of Dockside Green, a neighbourhood scale development project which aims at an ecological form of urban living. Although I was excited to be in Victoria, I had come into the site visit with low expectations simply because the project … More Dockside Green: How a community can grow in unplanned circumstances

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