April 04 2013

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

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 began to see opportunities for engagement everywhere I looked! One stood out: an internship position with a phenomenal branding company, writing about a city that I am proud to be a part of while learning from social media guru and urban planning expert, Renée van Staveren.

Vancouver skyline as seen from North Vancouver shore

I am so thankful to have had this tremendous experience writing for The Grid. The other bloggers, my fantastic assistant editor, Debra Hawryzki and, of course, Renée have made this position one of my best learning experiences to date. Beyond expanding my writing and editing skills, this position has opened my eyes to so many more sub-fields within urban design and has helped me narrow down where I want to go with my career. In addition, I have very much appreciated the fantastic virtual and concrete resources that Renée and her team have passed on to me, allowing me to further explore my interests.

Downtown Vancouver as seen from Jericho Beach

As I leave The Grid behind, I also prepare to leave the fantastic city of Vancouver, British Columbia and return to my hometown of Calgary, Alberta. Vancouver has been an extraordinary home away from home; I will always appreciate the memories I made here and look forward to returning in the future. I am especially proud of Vancouver’s goal to become the Greenest City in the world by the year 2020. My experience blogging for The Grid and researching the city’s efforts has taught me that this goal is not only desirable but also 100% achievable!

Thank you for your readership! All the best.

Credits: Data linked to sources. Images by Courtney McLaughlin.

Courtney McLaughlin

Courtney McLaughlin holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. An avid traveler, her interests are public space modification in Canadian cities and sustainable urban planning. As an aspiring landscape architect, Courtney is particularly fascinated by the interplay of landscape architecture, public space, and urban power structures. During her time writing for The Grid, Courtney reported on urban developments in Vancouver, a city frequently named one of the world’s “most liveable” urban locations. Her blog posts explored how this title has been maintained through sustainable and accessible urban design decisions that pride themselves on community engagement.

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