Urban Places

  • Curiosity and artistry: 6 takeaways on downtowns

    Curiosity and artistry: 6 takeaways on downtowns

    The 2018 International Downtown Association conference inspired a renewed love of place—and the desire to make downtowns better

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  • Register Now! SOS Web Series Part 2, New Opportunities in Suburbs—And How to Seize Them

    Register Now! SOS Web Series Part 2, New Opportunities in Suburbs—And How to Seize Them

    On January 29 an expert panel, led by our David Dixon, explores creative ways suburbs can fund the creation of walkable urbanism

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  • Electric scooters are everywhere—what should we learn from them to plan future mobility?

    Electric scooters are everywhere—what should we learn from them to plan future mobility?

    The rapid global rise of this small-but-mighty transit tool offers 7 takeaways for cities preparing for their future

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  • RECORDED WEBINAR: Planning Suburbs for 21st-century Success; David Dixon, Chris Leinberger

    RECORDED WEBINAR: Planning Suburbs for 21st-century Success; David Dixon, Chris Leinberger

    Saving Our Suburbs series: Chris Leinberger and Stantec’s David Dixon discuss how suburbs succeed by becoming more urban (Part 1 of 3

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  • How do we find funding for cities? It’s all about getting creative with partnerships

    How do we find funding for cities? It’s all about getting creative with partnerships

    Two funding experts share strategies for helping cities large and small secure hard-to-find dollars that move projects from concept to construction

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Seeing civic infrastructure differently

    From the Design Quarterly: Seeing civic infrastructure differently

    People-centered design for community infrastructure facilities upends expectations

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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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  • 5 reasons to cheer high-rise development—when it’s done right

    5 reasons to cheer high-rise development—when it’s done right

    Reduced traffic, better commutes, improved streetscapes, and more positive impacts that might turn a NIMBY into a YIMBY

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  • From the Design Quarterly: What happens when hospitals move out?

    From the Design Quarterly: What happens when hospitals move out?

    What can our experience designing urban places tell us about planning for the next chapter of healthcare building reuse?

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  • Good Resilience Planning Involves More Than Building Barriers – It’s About Making Connections

    Good Resilience Planning Involves More Than Building Barriers – It’s About Making Connections

    Good resilience planning is more than hard infrastructure-based solutions, it requires a holistic approach. John Malueg and Gary Sorge discuss this approach for UN World Cities Day.

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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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  • 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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  • Issue 04 | Intersections

    Issue 04 | Intersections

    When the silos break down, connections between people and place grow.

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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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  • Webinar Recording: Equity and Mobility in Design

    Webinar Recording: Equity and Mobility in Design

    Watch Ryan Martinson's presentation on the role equity plays in our built environment and discuss approaches we can to take to integrate equity into our transportation systems

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  • Driving economically robust downtowns from buildings that are already there

    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

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  • The science of wayfinding—a formula to increase transit ridership

    The science of wayfinding—a formula to increase transit ridership

    Academic research shows how good wayfinding at transit stops can help increase overall ridership and user experience

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  • What is a smart city? And how can we avoid getting the "Betamax version"?

    What is a smart city? And how can we avoid getting the "Betamax version"?

    When planning for ‘smart cities’ the most important consideration is how new technologies can serve people

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  • Published: Trends in Urban Planning - What’s on the horizon for our cities?

    Published: Trends in Urban Planning - What’s on the horizon for our cities?

    General Manager of Urban Planning & Environmental Services Tom Young discusses four emerging trends in urban planning for the Resource Management Law Association of New Zealand

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  • From the Design Quarterly: Digitally illuminating a city’s utilization

    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

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