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The Higher ED Blog: Understanding the world of planning

This week’s blog post is a companion to a recent seminar held in Waterloo, Ontario on October 20th by the Economic Development Program of the More...

Urban forests yield high returns

Mannheim, Germany just raised the bar for urban planners as a new car-free neighbourhood is set to be developed by design firm, MVRDV. The urban More...

Does your main street have touristic appeal?

Small cities, towns, and villages often struggle to attract tourists. Many focus on the downtown core highlighting “historic” aesthetics as a key marketing message. The More...

Will skyscrapers ruin Paris?

Late last month, the Conseil de Paris and Mayor Anne Hidalgo approved plans for the first skyscraper to be built in central Paris in 42 More...

Drawing the line on cultural development in Toronto

In the frenzied world of Toronto property development, there’s only one place left to go: up. City planning has put a premium on increased density More...

The Ponzi scheme of urban sprawl?

In 1919, an Italian-born Boston entrepreneur named Charles Ponzi began to employ a clever way of making large sums of money.  It was not to More...

Why Africa’s booming cities need more autonomy in urban planning

While cities in Africa are usually cast off as dystopian, they are actually booming both demographically and economically and are only expected to grow. People More...

What makes a city beautiful?

While it is commonly said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Alain de Botton argues that this isn’t necessarily the case when More...

Why are developers still building sprawl?

While the trend for boomers and millennials is that they desire compact living closer to urban centers and public transit, it seems that builders and More...

Is your neighborhood changing? It might be youthification, not gentrification

I know what you’re thinking…what in the world is ‘Youthification’? Urban planning professor from the University of Waterloo, Markus Moos coined the term and refers More...

5 Trends that will shape the future of tiny housing

Shaunacy Ferro at Co.DESIGN takes a look at a new report by the Urban Land Institute on the trends that will shape the future of micro-housing. As demographic More...