Urban Planning & Design

Stantec experts share their knowledge on the trends, innovations, and challenges – downtown vitality, suburban development, evolving mobility – shaping urban planning and design.

  • From the Design Quarterly: Cities as innovation centers

    From the Design Quarterly: Cities as innovation centers

    With tech hubs and innovation districts, research universities have the keys to unlocking reinvigorated cities

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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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  • [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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  • 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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  • 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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  • RECORDED WEBINAR: New Opportunities in Suburbs—And How to Seize Them

    RECORDED WEBINAR: New Opportunities in Suburbs—And How to Seize Them

    Saving our Suburbs series: On January 29 an expert panel, led by our David Dixon and Jason Beske, explored creative ways suburbs can fund the creation of walkable urbanism (Part 2 of 3)

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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 and Jason Beske discuss how suburbs succeed by becoming more urban (Part 1 of 3)

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  • Stantec's Urban Places conferences and speaking engagements

    Stantec's 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • [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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  • Roundtable: Imagining a day without water—with planning, it’s something we can avoid

    Roundtable: Imagining a day without water—with planning, it’s something we can avoid

    Four experts consider our critical relationship with water and the role we can play in protecting this precious resource

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  • Using an environmental review tool to yield planning and economic development benefits

    Using an environmental review tool to yield planning and economic development benefits

    In Minnesota, the Alternative Urban Areawide Review helps map a realistic path to realizing community goals—other states should use it too

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  • Mentioned in Forbes: Driverless Cars Will Dramatically Change Where And How We Live

    Mentioned in Forbes: Driverless Cars Will Dramatically Change Where And How We Live

    Our Urban Places team member, Jason Schrieber, shares insights on current driverless vehicle capabilities and work on the city-level to start planning for the impacts on our communities.

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  • Published: Walkable Suburbia

    Published: Walkable Suburbia

    Can suburbs be walkable? Our David Dixon and Jason Beske, address how to reshape the suburbs to be more walkable in this Planetizen feature article.

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  • David Dixon discusses the next generation of urban places at NZPI 201853:17

    David Dixon discusses the next generation of urban places at NZPI 2018

    On March 22, 2018, David presented to an international audience at the 2018 New Zealand Planning Institute conference about the growing demand for denser, mixed-use, walkable—urban—environments in the

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  • Published: Demographics are Destiny: Dublin, Ohio Responds

    Published: Demographics are Destiny: Dublin, Ohio Responds

    Adapted from his presentation at the "Who is Reinventing the Suburbs" session at CNU 26 in Savannah, David Dixon discusses a case study on suburban redevelopment.

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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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