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Welcome to Ideas, where you can learn about the trends, innovations, and challenges impacting the built environment.

  • How do you design smart cities for people? Start by getting them involved.

    How do you design smart cities for people? Start by getting them involved.

    Explore the ideas, insights, and experiences from Stantec's first Idea Hackathon: Toward a Smart Toronto

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  • What can smart buildings do for the environment?

    What can smart buildings do for the environment?

    Sensors, data, and automation can serve a higher purpose, but only if we design them to

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  • Family business office update: 6 ways to get the most out of your workplace designer

    Family business office update: 6 ways to get the most out of your workplace designer

    A family-owned business has history and traditions that a design team can enhance to instill a unique company culture—and do business better

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  • Design Quarterly Issue 06 | Destination Zero

    Design Quarterly Issue 06 | Destination Zero

    What's driving the global push for sustainable buildings and what are the tools and techniques we can use to create Net Zero Carbon and Net Zero Energy buildings?

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  • Stantec ERA Issue 01 | The Energy Remix

    Stantec ERA Issue 01 | The Energy Remix

    What is the future of the energy market?

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  • New York City is fighting climate change—and the clock is ticking to update its buildings

    New York City is fighting climate change—and the clock is ticking to update its buildings

    New York City recently passed the most progressive climate legislation for buildings in any city worldwide. Here’s what you need to know.

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  • Let’s meet up at Rail~volution!

    Let’s meet up at Rail~volution!

    Check out where we’ll be at this year’s conference

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  • Published in Chicago Tribune: Planners contend future of Hammond’s downtown best served by its history

    Published in Chicago Tribune: Planners contend future of Hammond’s downtown best served by its history

    Could following an example of the city’s past help Hammond move forward?

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  • Published in ENR: Long-awaited Boston Marathon bombing markers reach the finish line

    Published in ENR: Long-awaited Boston Marathon bombing markers reach the finish line

    Stantec’s Community Development team supported the design of this moving tribute

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  • Weaving mental healthcare spaces into the neighborhood

    Weaving mental healthcare spaces into the neighborhood

    Design can help increase mental healthcare access for city dwellers

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  • Join us in Peru for the Perumin 34 Mining Convention

    Join us in Peru for the Perumin 34 Mining Convention

    Our presentations this year will be focused on the themes of science, innovation, technology and education in mining

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  • Published in Western Canada Water: Choosing the right project delivery path

    Published in Western Canada Water: Choosing the right project delivery path

    Case study of the Bonnybrook WWTP Plant D expansion

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  • Attend Stantec Presentations at the WCW Conference

    Attend Stantec Presentations at the WCW Conference

    Join our interdisciplinary presenters as they discuss what we can do for our water and our future. Today.

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  • Published in NRU Toronto: Designing the smart city

    Published in NRU Toronto: Designing the smart city

    How can we build smart cities that serve their citizens well? How can we use technology to ensure Toronto is a thriving, livable, and resilient city for everyone?

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  • Five ways smart cities can change daily life in the public realm (for the better)

    Five ways smart cities can change daily life in the public realm (for the better)

    Better health, reduced energy consumption and improved security are just some of the possibilities, proponents say

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  • Stantec Podium Presentation Schedule at WEFTEC 2019

    Stantec Podium Presentation Schedule at WEFTEC 2019

    Water, water everywhere—our experts are talking collection, control, treatment, nutrient removal, reuse and plans for where all this water will go…

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  • Hitting Saskatchewan carbon targets: How to achieve, measure, and prove reduced emissions

    Hitting Saskatchewan carbon targets: How to achieve, measure, and prove reduced emissions

    In the fight against climate change, we’re working with clients to establish baseline measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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  • From the Design Quarterly: 8 ways to design for density and live where the action is

    From the Design Quarterly: 8 ways to design for density and live where the action is

    Cities that have higher density are inherently more sustainable—and they are generally more livable, too

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  • Published in Planning magazine: May you live in interesting times

    Published in Planning magazine: May you live in interesting times

    Planning commissioners and planning staffs must chart a path forward while considering climate, demographic, economic, and technological changes

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  • How Indigenous and northern communities shape my professional philosophy as a planner

    How Indigenous and northern communities shape my professional philosophy as a planner

    Engaging the communities we work with and aligning ourselves with their perspectives

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  • [With Video] 3 surprising things I discovered from hacking 21st-century city challenges

    [With Video] 3 surprising things I discovered from hacking 21st-century city challenges

    A mentor from Stantec’s Idea Hackathon shares her thoughts from a two-day forum on smart city solutions

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  • How can we optimize evolving lighting design to enhance health and well-being?

    How can we optimize evolving lighting design to enhance health and well-being?

    In an industry disrupted by changing technology, designers must take a holistic approach to integrate innovative concepts without compromising fundamentals

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  • Published in World Water Magazine: Embracing change delivers SMART technologies

    Published in World Water Magazine: Embracing change delivers SMART technologies

    A successful business change is key to ensuring a sustainable return on investment says Stantec’s Neil Croxton

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  • Grounded art: Flooring in healthcare spaces increases in creativity and impact

    Grounded art: Flooring in healthcare spaces increases in creativity and impact

    The right flooring choices can help with wayfinding, healing, and level of comfort

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  • Published in Metro Magazine: Retrofitting garages for zero-emissions buses

    Published in Metro Magazine: Retrofitting garages for zero-emissions buses

    North American communities are switching to electric buses; here are 8 factors to consider when retrofitting bus facilities for more sustainable transit options

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