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: 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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  • [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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  • 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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  • Webinar Recording: Smart Suburbs

    Webinar Recording: Smart Suburbs

    Saving our Suburbs series: On July 25 an expert panel, led by our David Dixon and Dan Baxter, discussed “future-proofing” that can help suburbs surf the wave of new tech, not drown in it (Part 3 of 3)

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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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  • How can we build smart cities of the future?

    How can we build smart cities of the future?

    We have the technology and the knowledge to build smart cities for people—it’s time we put them into action

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  • 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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  • Webinar Recording: New Opportunities in Suburbs—And How to Seize Them

    Webinar Recording: 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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  • Webinar Recording: Planning Suburbs for 21st-century Success

    Webinar Recording: Planning Suburbs for 21st-century Success

    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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