Sustainable Urban Places

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

  • From ancient to contemporary: How to design a monastery in the 21st century

    From ancient to contemporary: How to design a monastery in the 21st century

    Designing modern-day projects for cultural organizations presents unique challenges—and here are 4 ways to deal with them

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Speak up. Get involved. Shape the future.

    From the Design Quarterly: Speak up. Get involved. Shape the future.

    Designers are problem solvers. We need to have a louder voice in today’s biggest problem-solving conversations.

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  • Joining America Walks opened my eyes—it’s a long path to genuine walkability for everyone

    Joining America Walks opened my eyes—it’s a long path to genuine walkability for everyone

    Walking is clearly beneficial for people and communities, yet assuring walkability for everyone turns out to be a lot of (worthwhile) hard work

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  • Extreme caution! The trials and tribulations of renovating historic buildings in NYC

    Extreme caution! The trials and tribulations of renovating historic buildings in NYC

    An engineer gives an inside-out perspective on guiding Gilded Age properties into a new era

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  • Climate change vs. existing buildings: 8 steps toward energy efficiency

    Climate change vs. existing buildings: 8 steps toward energy efficiency

    There’s a great business case for new green developments, but let’s not forget about investing to upgrade older buildings

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  • A collaborative planning process helps chart a new course in Charlotte, North Carolina

    A collaborative planning process helps chart a new course in Charlotte, North Carolina

    The community-driven South End Vision Plan will help transform the area into a cohesive, dynamic, urban transit-oriented neighborhood

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  • Stantec Urban Places conferences and speaking engagements

    Stantec Urban Places conferences and speaking engagements

    Join our Urban Places experts as they share knowledge on city building at industry events around the world

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  • [With Video] Is a paperless project possible? New technologies bring new possibilities

    [With Video] Is a paperless project possible? New technologies bring new possibilities

    From drones to virtual reality, today’s technology is changing the design industry—one benefit is we’re reducing paper and waste

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  • Championing a changing office space at Stantec Tower

    Championing a changing office space at Stantec Tower

    Our new global headquarters embraces workplace innovation and design—offering unique flexibility and a community connection

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  • National Preparedness Month: Two things you can do now to protect you and your family

    National Preparedness Month: Two things you can do now to protect you and your family

    Preparing an emergency kit and checking your insurance coverage are two simple steps towards preparedness

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  • What if your neighborhood could make you healthier?

    What if your neighborhood could make you healthier?

    The WELL Community Standard equips planners to build health promotion into the very fabric of neighborhoods

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  • The heart of office: The kitchen’s crucial role in workplace wellness and productivity

    The heart of office: The kitchen’s crucial role in workplace wellness and productivity

    How designing space for mindful eating can create lasting benefits for office culture and creativity

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  • 3 ways complete streets policies provide social, economic, and physical equity

    3 ways complete streets policies provide social, economic, and physical equity

    Smart Growth America has made a difference in the lives of thousands across the US—and we’re proud to help continue our support

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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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  • Building urban energy resilience through education: The E-Pop Park

    Building urban energy resilience through education: The E-Pop Park

    How can spending time at a park today help ease the problems of tomorrow? At the energy pop-up park (E-Pop), visitors don’t just have fun, they learn about energy, too.

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  • Creating corridors of opportunity: Urban design for community and economic benefit

    Creating corridors of opportunity: Urban design for community and economic benefit

    Denver’s Brighton Boulevard is a perfect example of turning a traffic-only strip of asphalt into a great urban space

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Healthy neighbors

    From the Design Quarterly: Healthy neighbors

    Building reuse brings healthcare closer to the community

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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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  • Realizing the benefits of largescale property acquisitions to reduce flood risk

    Realizing the benefits of largescale property acquisitions to reduce flood risk

    Stantec is researching how cities can revitalize flood-prone neighborhoods, in part by treating ecosystems as service providers

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