LORINC: The Revenge of the Market Urbanists

Here’s a tale of two cities… In the City of Toronto (pop. 2.8 million), there are about 1.1 million private dwellings, and... Read More

Deconstructing Visuals 2.0

It’s been 10 months since I wrote Deconstructing Visuals. Within that piece, I argued that the architectural profession’s dominion... Read More

Smart city in a post-pandemic world: Small-scale, green, and over-policed

On the face of it, the smart city market is bleeding. In May 2020, Alphabet pulled the plug on Sidewalk Toronto, the company’s... Read More

Vancouver Plan – An Opportunity for Climate Input

The City of Vancouver is in the midst of the next phase of engagement for the Vancouver Plan, a planning process that will ultimately... Read More

PODCAST: Spacing Radio 061, Community sports and urban farming

In this episode, we follow up on the municipal elections in Edmonton and Calgary, with a bit of a rant about rooming houses. Then, we... Read More

LORINC: Unanswered questions about John Tory and the Rogers Centre

Questions about Mayor John Tory’s relationship with Rogers Communications Inc. have dogged him since even before he was elected mayor... Read More

LORINC: Council prepares to bring in inclusionary zoning, finally (updated).

Update: Council’s planning and housing committee approved an amended version of the inclusionary zoning staff report today... Read More

LORINC: What is the future of CafeTO (with update)?

On October 27, Toronto City Council’s executive committee will get to dine alfresco on the results of an online survey about the... Read More

LORINC: The Supreme Court ruling on the size of council was a distraction

I’d be lying if I said I was the least bit surprised by Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling, which dismissed by a 5-4 vote the... Read More

PODCAST: Spacing Radio 060, Alberta’s municipal power vacuum

With the mayors of both Edmonton and Calgary stepping down, and Alberta municipal elections taking place October 18, we decided to... Read More