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Bike!Bike! 2017

​Bike!Bike! is an international, annual gathering organized by and for community bicycle projects. The conference is a space for participants from Community Bike shops and related advocacy groups to converge in a different city each year over a 4 day period to have workshops and strengthen our social network. There is a registration fee. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Learn more and register... Read more

Growing Up: New Guidelines Promote Child-Friendly Density

​ The City of Toronto is creating new planning guidelines to ensure that high-density communities better meet the needs of children. Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities initiative provides new guidelines to promote more youth-friendly development. The newly released draft plan lays out the City’s priorities, with policies addressing urban well-being at three scales: the neighborhood, the building, and the unit. Read more... Read more

Grey to Green Conference

This interdisciplinary conference is the leading forum for designers, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits and growth of the green infrastructure industry. Grey to Green also includes a trade show, cutting-edge workshops which include tours of outstanding Toronto projects, and networking events. Learn more and register... Read more

New Designs Look to Make Edmonton Winters Less Severe

Using color and light is the basis of a proposed plan from Edmonton’s Winter City working group. The winter design guidelines were crafted by a local architects, builders, and planners to get the most out of Edmonton’s long dark six months of winter using five main principles: blocking wind, emphasizing sunshine, adding light, adding color, and promoting cycling. Read more... Read more

Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

By Streetfilms Perhaps one of the best transportation stories of 2016 comes from Vancouver, B.C. where they have achieved a 50% sustainable mode share (bike, walk, transit) a full four years earlier than goal (2020). Long traditionally a region that prides itself on transportation options and rejecting the freeway movement in the 1960’s and 70’s (still the only major city in North America that boasts no freeways within its core) what Vancouver has done is set an impressive goal to... Read more

District Energy+Water Academy

While interest in the role that district energy and water systems can play in sustainable city design has grown, city leaders, developers, utilities and community stakeholders lack knowledge and practical expertise to scale solutions beyond the building. The inaugural District Energy+Water Academy will bring project teams together to address core challenges in district-scale project feasibility, financing, policy regulations and marketability through an intensive executive level peer-learning experience. Register now... Read more

Vancouver Is Making Vibrant Public Spaces Out of Back Alleys

Over 200 of Vancouver’s downtown blocks are bisected by an alleyway, but only one of those alleys — or “laneways” as Vancouverites call them — has a foosball court. As of last week, the alley that runs behind West Hastings Street between Seymour and Granville has been reimagined as a gathering space, the first of three alleys in a $200,000 pilot project. Responding to a need for more and more diverse public spaces, the West Hastings alley has been newly... Read more

Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place

The 19th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place is expected to draw 1,000 city planners, transportation engineers, public health professionals, elected officials, community leaders, and professional advocates. Breakout sessions, panel discussions and poster sessions address trends, research, and best practices. Plenary speakers bring perspectives from other disciplines and experiences to help improve and expand the practice. September 12 – 15 in Vancouver, Canada. Learn more and register... Read more

Placemaking Week

At this event, hosted by the Project for Public Spaces, global change agents will gather for a series of events that will map the future of the placemaking movement. These discussions will take place at a critical moment, as Habitat III and COP21 set the stage for decades of dramatic change for cities. Thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates, the New Urban Agenda already emphasizes that strong public spaces are the foundation of this change. Now we need to... Read more
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