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April 04 2013

Courtney McLaughlin: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

April 4th, 2013Posted by 

They say that when something is meant to be, you begin to see signs of it everywhere; life begins to push you in the direction you are supposed to go. I can certainly attest to this phenomenon in my experience with urban design. Once I discovered how strong my interest was in this field, I […]

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March 21 2013

Unleashing Economic Potential with Public Transit: The Future of Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway Corridor

March 21st, 2013Posted by 

Is rapid transit a key factor to unleashing a city’s economic potential? A new report from accounting giant KPMG indicates that this is certainly the case for Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway Corridor. The Corridor is a ten-kilometer stretch of roadway that spans the length between historic Commercial Drive and the largest university in Vancouver, the […]

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March 07 2013

Will Evergreen Mean Forever Green for Metro Vancouver? Transit Accessibility in British Columbia’s Largest Urban Centre

March 7th, 2013Posted by 

Vancouver, British Columbia consistently ranks as one of the “most livable” cities in the world. However, what is frequently ignored about Canada’s most livable city are the multiple suburb municipalities that surround it. The Metro Vancouver region is composed of twenty-two municipalities and a population of just under two million people, many of whom work and […]

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February 21 2013

Democratizing Urban Design: A Public Square for Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

Vancouver, British Columbia can only be described as picturesque; mountain framed and seaside, the city begs to be photographed and experienced by tourists and locals alike. Along with the gorgeous scenery and temperate climate has arisen a high demand for real estate in the downtown peninsula, which has gradually resulted in a real lack of […]

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February 07 2013

Taking to the Street: Redefining Public Space in Vancouver, British Columbia

February 7th, 2013Posted by 

How can city streets be better used to create a sense of community and engage locals in conversations about public space? That’s the question that The Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN), a grassroots organization focused on public space issues, sought to explore during their four week “Lunch Meet Series” last summer. Each Thursday during July 2012 […]

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January 24 2013

Riding Towards Sustainability: Vancouver, British Columbia’s Canada Line and the Growing Pains of the Cambie Corridor

January 24th, 2013Posted by 

Just months prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver authorities proudly announced the opening of “The Canada Line,” Canada’s only fixed link between a major city and its international airport. The rapid transit train, which runs primarily underground between Vancouver’s city center and the outlying suburb city of Richmond, takes only 25 minutes to move […]

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January 10 2013

Floating Cities and CO2 Glass: Landscape Futures of The BLDGBLOG Book

January 10th, 2013Posted by 

Ultimately, the real strength of The BLDGBLOG Book is Geoff Manaugh’s skills as a compelling storyteller. As Manaugh delves into the world of Landscape Futures in the fifth and final chapter of his book, the reader is simultaneously immersed in the floating canal city of London A.D. 2109 and in the Cloud City that hovers […]

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December 27 2012

Where Past Meets Future: Revitalizing Vancouver, British Columbia’s Chinatown Neighborhood

December 27th, 2012Posted by 

Chinatown is one of Vancouver, British Columbia’s original four neighborhoods. Located at the neck of the downtown peninsula, the district holds particular historical and cultural importance. In the past several decades Chinatown has seen a mass exodus of retailers and residents as Chinese communities have become more developed in Vancouver’s suburban cities. Recognizing the importance […]

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December 13 2012

Compassionate Design for Social Change: Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park

December 13th, 2012Posted by 

Although frequently ignored in mainstream discourse, the City of Vancouver, British Columbia sits on unceded First Nations’ land. Years of systematic neglect have transformed Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, now called the Downtown Eastside (DTES), into essentially an urban reserve. The DTES, historically home to marginalized groups, is the single poorest postal code in Canada. Despite the […]

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November 29 2012

Daylighting an Urban Stream: The Still Creek Enhancement Project in Vancouver, Canada

November 29th, 2012Posted by 

Often nicknamed the “City of Glass” for its towering downtown condominiums, it is hard to imagine that Vancouver, British Columbia used to be a dense cedar and hemlock forest hosting one of the most active above-ground water drainage areas in the Northwest. More than 100 years after the first European settlers arrived on Canada’s West […]

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November 15 2012

Making Changes at the Core: Transforming Vancouver, Canada’s Viaduct System

November 15th, 2012Posted by 

At the eastern edge of downtown Vancouver, Canada remains the elevated viaducts of a freeway system that never came to be. In the 1960s, after a display of public engagement that has become legend in Vancouver, a proposed expressway was successfully opposed making Vancouver one of the only cities in North America without a major […]

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November 01 2012

Playing for Greener Streets in Vancouver, Canada

November 1st, 2012Posted by 

By 2020 all residents of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will live within a five-minute walk of a park, greenway, or other green space. This goal may seem far-fetched but the creators of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP), along with community supporters, are finding interesting methods of making this dream a reality. The city’s Neighbourhood […]

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October 25 2012

Ten Steps for Developing the World’s Greenest City

October 25th, 2012Posted by 

What does it take to become the world’s greenest city? Officials in Canada’s west coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia think they have the answer and plan to achieve this status by 2020. Using a variety of transportation measures, building codes, and urban design techniques, Vancouver is set to lead the world in sustainable living. […]

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