Cartographically Speaking – CoV Elementary School Capacity vs Child Population by Neighbourhood

Click here to see an enlarged version. In September 2016, I unexpectedly received an email from a concerned Vancouverite. She had read... Read More

Book Review – The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream

Author: Stefan Al (The MIT Press, 2017) The first time I visited Las Vegas, I was quickly taken aback at the structures. I’d just... Read More

Book Review – Rethinking A Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking

Author: Eran Ben-Joseph (MIT Press, 2015) Surface parking lots are ever-present in the contemporary city. Moovelab’s incredible... Read More

A Vancouver Parable: False Prophets, Green Illusions and Vanishing Neighbourhoods

A stroll along Vancouver’s Broadway west of Macdonald offers the pedestrian many small, engaging storefronts. The low awnings provide... Read More

Vancouver’s Built Legacy: Transitioning a DTES Jail to Affordable Living

Steps from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside police headquarters, stands a former jail that once haunted the community even beyond its... Read More

Maintaining History: Preserving Special Sites through Good Maintenance

Vancouver’s historic buildings and streetscapes offer diverse residential and commercial spaces and contribute numerous benefits for a... Read More

Video Vancouver: False Creek South

Via City of Vancouver: False Creek South is one of Vancouver’s pioneering waterfront communities. It’s a highly livable and walkable... Read More

Book Review – Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements

Editor: Stefan Al (University of Hawai’i Press, 2014) Although writing and research on informal settlements has increased... Read More

Third Wave Coffee—How Vancouver is celebrating its Coffee Culture at the Beanstock Festival

Since the emergence of coffee chains starting with Starbucks, coffee has become more than a consumer product; it has developed into a... Read More

Release: CoV Housing Strategy to Transform Low-Density Neighbourhoods

In response to Vancouver’s changing population, rising housing costs, and the increased need for diverse types of housing, the City of... Read More