REID: Piketty and the decline of “dirty mansions”

Toronto’s affordable housing crisis has many facets. One of these many facets is the conversion – or rather, re-conversion – of big... Read More

Student Housing as a Response to the Housing Crisis

The global housing crisis is a challenging and multi-faceted problem. Part of the solution, already successfully employed by... Read More

A case for compassionate design in housing standards at Toronto shelters

For thousands of Toronto residents, housing precarity and homelessness are a lived reality. But for many others, the issue grew... Read More

Parks, policing, and the pandemic

Park People’s national COVID-19 survey shows that parks have become more important than ever to Canadians during the pandemic. While... Read More

Book Review – The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness

Author: Emily Anthes, Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2020) We spend most of our lives in buildings. According to... Read More

Video Vancouver: The Amazing Housing Politics of Spider-Man

Pop Culture Urbanism via Pacific Legal Foundation How can Spider-Man possibly afford to live in New York? And how can we make the city... Read More

LORINC: Slaying the NIMBY beast

It took council and city planning officials almost exactly a year to adopt a policy meant to make Toronto’s abundant, overpriced and... Read More

REID: Examples of east side gentle density

One of the things I started looking out for on my local walks during the our locked-down pandemic spring (in addition to former corner... Read More

Book Review: McIntyre House

UBC SALA West Coast Modern House Series Written by Sherry McKay, Preface by Douglas Coupland (ORO Editions 2020)  I miss that people... Read More

LORINC: Is Toronto missing the middle or missing the mark on housing?

A thought experiment: Imagine Toronto is a big city experiencing a housing affordability crisis and steadily worsening polarization... Read More