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

  • Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Design Quarterly Issue 05 | Smart & Livable Cities

    Articulating a livable vision for city life

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  • Is virtual reality for design worth it? Yes. Here’s why.

    Is virtual reality for design worth it? Yes. Here’s why.

    VR makes communication with key stakeholders easy, increases project efficiency, and provides a valuable marketing tool

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  • This Earth Day, let’s embrace the full spectrum of sustainability

    This Earth Day, let’s embrace the full spectrum of sustainability

    “Protect the environment and fight for social equity”—those ideals drive our sustainability director and match the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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  • How to plan for the future of electric vehicles

    How to plan for the future of electric vehicles

    Incorporating smart technologies to future-proof your charging infrastructure investments

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  • Published in The Institute of Water Magazine: Developing with our water environment

    Published in The Institute of Water Magazine: Developing with our water environment

    Stantec’s Chris Mooij looks ahead to meeting the challenges of the Water Industry National Environment Programme

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  • The trickle-down effect of enhancing satellite technology

    The trickle-down effect of enhancing satellite technology

    New satellites can measure the earth’s surface on the scale of centimetres, making remote sensing more powerful

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  • Designing a new home for survivors of abuse: 7 ways to help you adopt the right mindset

    Designing a new home for survivors of abuse: 7 ways to help you adopt the right mindset

    Here’s how you can balance security, comfort, and privacy when designing a purpose-built shelter for women

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  • Published in WET News: Making the outcomes-based approach to delivering infrastructure work better

    Published in WET News: Making the outcomes-based approach to delivering infrastructure work better

    With busy periods approaching across a number of sectors, it is vital to ensure the right approach is in place says Stantec’s Paul Taylor

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  • Published in CIWEM Environment Magazine: Creating a flood-resilient future for Yorkshire

    Published in CIWEM Environment Magazine: Creating a flood-resilient future for Yorkshire

    Stantec’s Chris Digman and Yorkshire Water’s Deborah Redfearn discuss how collaboration is key to creating capacity and resilience across wastewater drainage services

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Embracing modular and prefab for future-ready design

    From the Design Quarterly: Embracing modular and prefab for future-ready design

    Complex projects when time and space are tight are a perfect fit for off-site prefabrication and modular construction

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  • Need for speed: Accelerated bridge construction adds efficiency to infrastructure upgrades

    Need for speed: Accelerated bridge construction adds efficiency to infrastructure upgrades

    How a rising tactic in bridge design and construction is bringing welcome relief to drivers and communities alike

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  • Back to our (grass)roots: New guide aims to decode grass and rush plant families

    Back to our (grass)roots: New guide aims to decode grass and rush plant families

    A passion for regional ecosystems inspires a user-friendly field guide to ecologically and economically important plant groups

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  • Stantec at Ontario's Water Conference & Trade Show - 2019

    Stantec at Ontario's Water Conference & Trade Show - 2019

    Check out our presentations

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  • [With Video] TEDx University of Nevada: The Pearls of Urban Design

    [With Video] TEDx University of Nevada: The Pearls of Urban Design

    What are the pearls of design that make some urban places memorable? Urban planner Cynthia Albright explains in her TEDx talk

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  • Published in Roads & Bridges: On the double

    Published in Roads & Bridges: On the double

    A design-build solution replaces an 82-year old bridge in Washington’s Cascade Mountains in just 17 days

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  • Brick-and-mortar retail is not dead—here’s proof

    Brick-and-mortar retail is not dead—here’s proof

    We continually hear that “retail is dying,” but there are many foundational retail types essential to consumers—here’s a look at 3 of them

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Teaching sustainability and energy conservation through play

    From the Design Quarterly: Teaching sustainability and energy conservation through play

    Energy use is high and energy literacy is low; a pop-up park turns city parks into places that boost energy understanding

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  • What can smart city planners learn from 3,000-year-old Varanasi, India?

    What can smart city planners learn from 3,000-year-old Varanasi, India?

    India faces infrastructure challenges, yet one of its ancient cities is bridging old and new ideologies—an inspiration for all aspiring smart cities

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  • How can we improve access to clean drinking water and sanitation around the world?

    How can we improve access to clean drinking water and sanitation around the world?

    For this World Water Day, our team members brainstorm ways to achieve the UN’s goal of water for all by 2030

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  • Energy efficiency is really about energy productivity—and that’s about the bottom line

    Energy efficiency is really about energy productivity—and that’s about the bottom line

    As we adopt the language of revenue growth, designers and engineers can use metrics to connect with clients where it matters to them most

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