As affordable urban living spaces get smaller, designing areas where people can gather becomes more important. Enter Stantec’s R&D fund.
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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Infrastructure Week 2019: Brownfield development is the future of the US urban landscape
Changes in demographics, urban density, P3 partnerships, and economic justice have reinforced the importance of brownfields
From the Design Quarterly: Housing design that keeps the city within reach
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All Things Urban: Joe Geller talks Stantec’s Urban Places
Stantec’s Urban Places team is using an integrated approach to help cities and suburbs alike take advantage of the burgeoning urban renaissance.
Curiosity and artistry: 6 takeaways on downtowns
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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
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
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
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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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
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.
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
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
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?
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
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.
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
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
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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