Sustainable Urban Places

Stantec experts share their knowledge on the trends, innovations, and challenges shaping the planning and design of sustainable urban places.

  • Discussing unconscious bias can be uncomfortable, but not confronting it can be worse

    Discussing unconscious bias can be uncomfortable, but not confronting it can be worse

    If we accept that all of us have unconscious bias, we can start to recognize our biases, address them, and make successful changes—at work and in the community

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  • World Cities Day: Here’s how we can build a better urban life for future generations

    World Cities Day: Here’s how we can build a better urban life for future generations

    Our communities are facing unprecedented change, but we have the power to turn challenges into sustainability

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  • Design Quarterly Issue 07 | Adapting to Change

    Design Quarterly Issue 07 | Adapting to Change

    The rapid pace of change and how it’s influencing innovative design and engineering solutions from Sacramento to Perth.

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  • 6 myths about embracing non-toxic materials in interior design

    6 myths about embracing non-toxic materials in interior design

    If you’re not specifying healthy materials on your next project, you’re missing the boat

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  • City planning: A guide to equitable planning for your community

    City planning: A guide to equitable planning for your community

    A meaningful and inclusive planning process creates communities that are truly designed for all residents

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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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  • [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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  • Pyramid of Sustainable Design

    Pyramid of Sustainable Design

    An interactive explanation of the design process sequence for achieving NZE or NZC performance on a realistic budget

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  • [With Video] Envisioning the revitalized design of the Old Sacramento urban riverfront

    [With Video] Envisioning the revitalized design of the Old Sacramento urban riverfront

    Design competition inspires interdisciplinary team to craft a vision to transform an underutilized district into a vibrant community

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  • Presenting Stantec Design Quarterly 06: Destination Zero

    Presenting Stantec Design Quarterly 06: Destination Zero

    How do designers help battle climate change? Sustainability means thinking about net zero energy and net zero carbon—in new construction and in retrofits.

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  • From the Design Quarterly: How are we designing for livable cities today?

    From the Design Quarterly: How are we designing for livable cities today?

    Ask an expert: Nancy MacDonald, Stantec vice president for Urban Places, on the big issues facing cities today and her love of urban placemaking

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  • Join us at the American Public Works Association (APWA) PWX National Conference

    Join us at the American Public Works Association (APWA) PWX National Conference

    Connect with our experts as they discuss everything from resilience planning to managing infrastructure risk in your community!

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  • How do we manage the smart-mobility revolution? It starts with well-crafted policy.

    How do we manage the smart-mobility revolution? It starts with well-crafted policy.

    The positive potential of autonomous vehicles is enormous, but we need to make deliberate decisions to make sure we are realizing that potential

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  • Published in REDNews: How updates to floodplain mapping will impact Texas

    Published in REDNews: How updates to floodplain mapping will impact Texas

    Natural Disasters, such as catastrophic flooding, challenge the very essence of the community

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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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  • Agritecture: Bridging the design gap between city and farm

    Agritecture: Bridging the design gap between city and farm

    Urban agriculture presents a design challenge, but a multidisciplinary approach offers a solution

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  • All Things Urban: Joe Geller talks Stantec’s Urban Places5:55

    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.

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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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  • 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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