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CanU Supports RAIC’s Response to the US’s Withdrawal from Global Climate Agreement

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The Council for Canadian Urbanism recognizes that climate change is tied intimately to the design of urban environments. CanU advocates for cities that are not only inherently livable but deeply resilient. For these reasons CanU wholeheartedly endorses the call by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RIAC) and urbanists for all nations and leaders world-wide to abide by […]

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Prairie Urbanism: Advancing Canadian Design Innovation

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Written by: Kalen Anderson, RPP/MCIP, CanU Board Member (Edmonton) Urbanism across Canada takes many shapes and forms, but the basic principles to build great people-places that set the stage for how we move, live and thrive ties our diverse city-making efforts together from coast-to-coast.  Our evolving, northern, prairie-urban cities are particularly interesting living laboratories for […]

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Transforming Open Data into Knowledge

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The combination of Open Source Data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides an opportunity to transform raw data into knowledge that can support evidence-based decision making. A recent example of this is a set of maps released by Anthony Smith, a planning, design and engagement consultant based in Toronto. These maps were created in his personal time and shared via […]

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Do Suburbs Need Transforming?

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Two thirds of our country’s population live in suburbs. In our largest metropolitan areas, the portion of suburban residents is over 80%, including the Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal regions – Gordon & Janzen 2013  Toronto Chief Planner  Jennifer Keesmaat and former Vancouver Chief Planner Brent Toderian recently met up to discuss how we define Canadian suburbs, why […]

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Winnipeg Feature: Downtown Growth Didn’t Happen Overnight

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This year’s annual CanU Summit, #CanU9: City Making Math: The Art & Science of Urban Design, will be held in Winnipeg Manitoba from  September 14th – 16th. To learn more about our host city before the summit starts we will be featuring articles on urban design in Winnipeg.  Our first feature is a great article […]

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People-Centered Design in an Era of Reconciliation

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Kalen Anderson, RPP/MCIP Director of Planning Coordination, Sustainable Development, City of Edmonton CanU Board Member How does the city tell its stories and are we telling them well? As we gear up for our next CanU Summit next fall (our 9th!) now is the perfect time to reflect on our last gathering, which was held […]

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