Urban Design

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 12.25.2012 | 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?