Book Review – Velotopia: The Production of Cyclespace in Our Minds and Our Cities

Author: Steven Fleming (nai010 publishers, 2017) “No one would say Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin did good for the world, but we can learn... Read More

The curious state of cycling in Japan

When we look for examples of great cycling cities or countries, we often look to Denmark or the Netherlands. For a good reason, of... Read More

Video Vancouver: Residential streets are too wide. Here’s why.

Via City Beautiful: In many places in the United States, residential streets were as wide as busy city streets. I understand why urban... Read More

Book Review – Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness: Architectural Multiculturalism in North America

Author: Donia Zhang (Routledge, 2015) Courtyard Housing for Health and Happiness deals with the impact of the design of ethnic Chinese... Read More

Video Vancouver: Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches

Via Vox: That bench won’t be yours forever. When designing urban spaces, city planners have many competing interests to balance... Read More

Video Vancouver: Road signs suck. What if we got rid of them all?

Via Vox: Shared space designs, explained with 99% Invisible. Some cities in Europe are undergoing a fascinating transformation... 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

Video Vancouver: Alleyway Revitalization

Via Conversation That Matters Re-Imagine Alleys in a major city for just a minute. Can you do it? They’re generally grungy, dark, dank... 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