Book Review – The Affordable City

As Vancouver’s renowned housing crisis continues to deepen and grow, so too do the conversations about just what exactly we should do... Read More

LORINC: A first-responder service for mental health crises

This column was originally published in Spacing‘s fall, 2020, edition. City council’s executive committee yesterday voted... Read More

LORINC: Calculating the pandemic’s carbon footprint

Does your Blue Bin runneth over? On my morning dog walks, I’ve noticed in the past several months that a growing number of blue bins... Read More

How Much of Vancouver Is Even Left to Plan?

Atop this article is a “Five-minute City” drawing I made in 2007 as Vancouver’s senior urban designer when my team was asked to scope... Read More

LORINC: The never-ending war between Queen’s Park and City Hall

There could have scarcely been a more succinct visual metaphor for the chronically dysfunctional relationship between City Hall and... Read More

BRADFORD OP-ED: Making 2021 Toronto’s year of the missing middle

The year 2021 comes with high expectations, expectations to get back to the work we started pre-COVID and to build back stronger when... Read More

MESLIN: If a billboard falls in a forest… Part 4

Exactly fifteen years ago this week, I received this short and uplifting e-mail from Toronto city staff: January 12, 2006 Hi Dave, We... Read More

Book Review – The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

Authors: Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020) It is not a stretch to say that most contemporary urbanists... Read More

The Laws of Settlements book available for free online!

Are there fundamental laws that govern all settlements—from the smallest village to the largest cities? This is the question that... Read More

The City in Sight Podcast: Who’s in Charge of the Pandemic?

Spacing and Massey College proudly present City in Sight: Canada’s constitutional city crisis, a special podcast series. THIS EPISODE... Read More