Densification

  • Driving economically robust downtowns from buildings that are already there

    Driving economically robust downtowns from buildings that are already there

    Using innovative tools to convert old commercial space and create the environment needed for new office towers

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Digitally illuminating a city’s utilization

    From the Design Quarterly: Digitally illuminating a city’s utilization

    Data visualization helps cities choose the right path to revitalization of retail and creation of pedestrian-friendly zones

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  • Roundtable: Imagining a day without water—with planning, it’s something we can avoid

    Roundtable: Imagining a day without water—with planning, it’s something we can avoid

    Four experts consider our critical relationship with water and the role we can play in protecting this precious resource

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  • Counting every space: What parking inventories tell us about cities

    Counting every space: What parking inventories tell us about cities

    Our planners and mobility experts offer three unique perspectives on the untapped opportunity in our parking lots, garages, and streets

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  • Published: Walkable Suburbia

    Published: Walkable Suburbia

    Can suburbs be walkable? Our David Dixon, with his co-author Jason Beske, address how to reshape the suburbs to be more walkable in this Planetizen feature article.

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  • David Dixon discusses the next generation of urban places at NZPI 201853:17

    David Dixon discusses the next generation of urban places at NZPI 2018

    On March 22, 2018, David presented to an international audience at the 2018 New Zealand Planning Institute conference about the growing demand for denser, mixed-use, walkable—urban—environments in the

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  • Published: Demographics are Destiny: Dublin, Ohio Responds

    Published: Demographics are Destiny: Dublin, Ohio Responds

    Adapted from his presentation at the "Who is Reinventing the Suburbs" session at CNU 26 in Savannah, David Dixon discusses a case study on suburban redevelopment.

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  • Creating a new paradigm for traffic safety—trade the car for other transit options

    Creating a new paradigm for traffic safety—trade the car for other transit options

    Studies suggest smart growth policies, complete streets design, and transit-oriented development might help save lives

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  • International Downtown Association Report: The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities

    International Downtown Association Report: The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities

    This groundbreaking study by the IDA, Stantec, and HR&A Advisors highlights a downtown’s unique and impactful contributions to a city's economy, inclusiveness, vibrancy, identity, and resilience

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  • In the battle of suburbs vs. cities, could both be winning?

    In the battle of suburbs vs. cities, could both be winning?

    Five years ago, experts were predicting continued urban rebound and suburban decline. What really happened?

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  • Four questions we must answer to design truly smart cities

    Four questions we must answer to design truly smart cities

    For smart cities to elevate our collective quality of life, community-minded design must be at the center of the plan

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  • Published in CityLab: Like People, Diseases Travel Fast These Days

    Published in CityLab: Like People, Diseases Travel Fast These Days

    In this CityLab article, Urban Places team member, Nels Nelson, discusses a broader approach to urban resilience to help reduce the risk of urban epidemics and the cost of containing them.

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  • Boxed in by changing markets, 20th-century suburbs learn how to reinvent themselves

    Boxed in by changing markets, 20th-century suburbs learn how to reinvent themselves

    In the competition for knowledge workers and jobs, suburbs find a surprising road to success: Becoming more urban

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  • Envisioning the future, not just planning it. CLIC tool reveals true cost of development

    Envisioning the future, not just planning it. CLIC tool reveals true cost of development

    Land-use planning—and understanding density—helps realize a promising future for communities in times of uncertainty

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  • Can a city’s downtown be its portal to prosperity?

    Can a city’s downtown be its portal to prosperity?

    A $3 billion investment in Water Street Tampa is connecting the Tampa Bay region to the global knowledge economy

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  • The next big disruption is here

    The next big disruption is here

    Shared autonomous vehicles will free up urban parking spaces, thereby increasing density, say Harold Madi and David Dixon in the Ontario Planning Journal

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  • City building: How to use place-making to get intensification right

    City building: How to use place-making to get intensification right

    Urban resurgence and intensification aren’t just for big cities

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  • 5 facets of successful retail design that further social connection

    5 facets of successful retail design that further social connection

    What’s driving experiential retail in 2017 and beyond?

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  • Planting for the future: Enhancing communities with a thriving tree canopy

    Planting for the future: Enhancing communities with a thriving tree canopy

    Trees are an essential component of community design, and need to be considered from the outset

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  • Living small. Sharing more.3:42

    Living small. Sharing more.

    As affordable urban living spaces get smaller, designing areas where people can gather becomes more important. Enter Stantec’s R&D fund.

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