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

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

Book Review – Infrastructural Ecologies: Alternative Development Models for Emerging Economies

Authors: Hillary Brown and Byron Stigge (The MIT Press, 2017) *** The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2015), along with... Read More

Building Resilience, One Block at a Time

For several years, I lived on a residential street near Danforth Avenue (Greek Town) in Toronto. It was a welcoming street of older... Read More

Driverless Cars and the Suburban Renaissance

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Some people debate whether Henry Ford, founder of the... Read More

Book Review – Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays

Editor: Nancy S. Steinhardt (Princeton University Press, 2017) The study of traditional Chinese architecture and building techniques... Read More

Book Review – Thirtyfour Campgrounds

Author: Martin Hogue (The MIT Press, 2016) I first came across Martin Hogue‘s work in an online search for landscape architects... Read More

Co-ops Offer Family-Friendly Housing, Yet Face an Uncertain Future

I am writing a short series, “Cities for Families” to showcase how local governments, non-profits, and the private sector are building... Read More

Book Review From The Stacks – Visionary Cities

Our cities are in crisis and their futures depend on architects and urbanists who are willing to look beyond today’s realities to... Read More

Reflections on the Life of John Friedmann

Internationally-renowned planning theorist John Friedmann passed away on June 12, 2017 in Vancouver. At 91, John was an honorary... Read More