Chris Quigley is a qualified urban planner who has recently moved to Vancouver after time spent as a planning consultant in London, UK. He has a wide ranging interest in contemporary cities and regions, in particular planning policy, architecture and city branding. His personal blog explores international episodes of urbanism and can be found at

Book Review: Branding Cities

Edited By: Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Eleonore Kofman, and Catherine Kevin (Routledge, 2012) Can a city be described in just a few... Read More

Book Review: Making Healthy Places

Editors: Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin, and Richard J. Jackson (Island Press, 2011) Real estate agents are known for using many... Read More

Book Review: Block by Block

Not another Jane Jacobs review.  Unfortunately yes.  If you are reading this blog, chances are high that you have a dog-eaten copy of... Read More

A Brighter Future with Cities: Review of Scientific American special edition

Following the UN declaration in 2008 that the majority of people now live in cities, there has been an explosion of city-themed... Read More

Thinking outside the (newspaper) box

Though the summer weather has stayed away, Vancouver is experiencing a growth in street activity.  The increased number of specialist... Read More