Urban Design

A New "National Park" Could Be Coming to a City Near You

David Suzuki | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada's newest "national park" is a vibrant patchwork of green space meandering through dynamic downtown neighbourhoods in one of Canada's densest metropolises, along the former path of a creek buried more than 100 years. It's a welcoming space for birds and bees that's nurturing a new generation of city-builders. And it may spread to your city.

Vancouver Architects Create A Lot With A Little

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

When you think of an attic, what do you see? Probably something like this: But what if instead, it could look something like this? T...

People Are Excited By Small Change in Landscapes, Not Mammoth Buildings

David Suzuki | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Replacing pavement with a pollinator garden on one small street won't solve the vast issues our communities face, but little spaces perhaps hold the greatest potential. To make our cities truly green, we must bring nature to the oft-neglected bits between parks and existing green areas.

Does Your Neighbourhood Pass 'Trick-Or-Treat' Test?

Brent Toderian | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Brent Toderian

On top of loving to dress up each year, Halloween is my favourite holiday because it's the most dependent on how we design and build our communities. In city planning and design, there's an old saying about the "Trick-or-Treat Test." It's often brought up in the context in suburban home design: Can kids easily find the front door to your house, or must they poke behind the huge multi-car garage, past the parking asphalt, to ring your bell?