It’s complicated — our relationship with Instagram and nature

On a hike to Upper Joffre Lake near Pemberton this summer, I saw a dozen people frozen in the same pose. In one hand, they held out... Read More

WexPOPS pops-up in a vibrant suburban stripmall

WexPOPS is a pilot of the plazaPOPS project, an initiative spearheaded by Daniel Rotsztain, aka The Urban Geographer, and Brendan... Read More

Book Review – The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology In Its Place To Reclaim Our Urban Future

Author: Ben Green (MIT Press, 2019)  This book is about the battle for the future of cities. The smart city may represent the next... Read More

When is efficient too efficient? Tech lessons from the port city of Hamburg

Cities can have ports, and many do. Moreover, successful ports make for thriving cities. But ports are not cities. They are not models... Read More

Notes from Charlottetown

As the new BC/Yukon regional director of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, I recently had the privilege of meeting in June... Read More

A City on the cusp: A Torontonian’s visit to Detroit

Claire Stevenson-Blythe is entering her second year in the Master of Science in Planning program at the University of Toronto. Her... Read More

Event – 2019 East Vancouver Garden Tour, Sunday, June 16th!

East Vancouver Garden Tour Sun, 16 June 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT This year’s East Vancouver Garden Tour will be on... Read More

Vanishing venues: new funding models favour festivals over small music clubs

Since January 2017, Toronto has lost more than one live music venue per month, with 76A, The Central, The Comfort Zone, Hard Rock... Read More

REID: On Public Etiquette

It’s not a coincidence that words for people who understand good etiquette – polite, urbane – are derived from classical words for... Read More

Book Review: The Language of Cities

Author: Deyan Sudjic (Penguin Press, 2016)  The early moderns did all they could to find ways of controlling the uncontrollable city... Read More