Category Archives: Economics

Placemaking in Hamilton, A Driver for Economic Growth

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Several months ago, the Ontario Association of Architects, in partnership with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion, “Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.” The event featured talks by Jason Thorne (General Manager of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hamilton,) Steve Kulakowsky (Partner, Core Urban, Inc.,) Sonja Macdonald (Principal, Civicplan,) Rob Zeidler (Partner, The Dabbert Group,) Richard W. Allen (Director of The Renew Hamilton Project, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.) Continue reading

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Participatory Budgeting and Public Space—Better Together?

19359651805_2fc2a7e10c_zNot only do I get excited about public space and urban design—I’m also a bit of an emerging municipal budget nerd. I volunteer with an organization called Better Budget TO, and earlier this year we released a report with recommendations for the City of Toronto to make our budget process more participatory, visionary, open and evidence-based. We also hosted a day-long event called Better Budget Day at Evergreen Brick Works (a great public space!) in partnership with Evergreen City Works. (You see, public space and public budgets really do go hand in hand.) Continue reading

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Brandalism takes over the COP21 climate talks

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Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris ahead of the United Nations summit beginning on November 30th. Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change. Continue reading

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Legacy at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Chicago has a long history of reinvention. After the Great Fire of 1871, the city has had to think big, dream boldly and push the boundaries of what is possible in the urban landscape. From the world’s first modern skyscraper to the iconic bungalow, Chicago has always used architecture and design to continually transform itself and its identity. This past weekend, marked another milestone for the city with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first and largest exhibition in North America dedicated to contemporary architecture. Continue reading

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Floating observation deck over Grand Central Terminal

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What does the future of hold for New York City? To maintain its stature as one of the world’s great global cities, New York City continues to cultivate opportunities and nurture innovation in all spheres. MAS Summit for New York City, presented by the Municipal Art Society invited over 1000 innovative city shapers and thought leaders to discuss the summit themes of: Development, Density and Diversity – explored the balancing act of users and uses and the challenge of building a globally competitive city that is socially, economically and environmentally resilient – and liveable – for all New Yorkers. Continue reading

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The New Face of Union Station

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Central stations are at the heart of urban history: they play host to the mass transportation systems that allow for the collective movement of millions into city centres. Conveniently, the rise of regional rail systems corresponded with a period of remarkable architecture, as Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical buildings sprung up as hubs for regional mobility. Continue reading

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