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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • An in-depth look at the new leader of the Delta Stewardship Council as published in The Water Report

    An in-depth look at the new leader of the Delta Stewardship Council as published in The Water Report

    Lisa Beutler talks to Chairwoman Susan Tatayon about her role, goals, and findings from the Delta Plan’s five-year review

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  • Hear from our speakers at the 2019 KY/TN Water Professionals Conference!

    Hear from our speakers at the 2019 KY/TN Water Professionals Conference!

    Stantec is excited to present on the following topics at this year’s event

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I survived my TEDx talk: Here are 5 tips I learned that can make you a better speaker

    I survived my TEDx talk: Here are 5 tips I learned that can make you a better speaker

    Urban designer Cynthia Albright questioned her presentation skills in front of a giant audience, but persistence and practice, practice, practice paid off

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  • ESI ThoughtLab: The Path to a Hyperconnected City

    ESI ThoughtLab: The Path to a Hyperconnected City

    Stantec’s smart cities lead Nancy MacDonald tells our research partner ESI ThoughtLab what makes a hyperconnected city

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