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“The Machine that Would Predict the Future?”

Isaac Asimov’s ‘Hari Seldon’ is a role model for the social scientists and urban planners whose profession it is to predict the future from 50 to 500 years and longer.  We are able to predict with a high degree of … Continue reading

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Sustainability Rating System for Infrastructure Coming Soon

An infrastructure sustainability rating system has been in the works since 2009.  Leading the charge is The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).  ISI is a collaboration of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) … Continue reading

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Is Toronto Growing ‘Smarter’?

As of October, 2011 Toronto, according to Emporis a Frankfurt-based research company that tracks multi-story buildings, had 132 active high-rise construction projects, the most of any North American City, surpassing Mexico City’s 88 projects and New York City’s 86 projects. … Continue reading

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World Town Planning Day

A day that celebrates planning may not be on your calendar, but it is on ours here at  HSAL.  November 8th is World Town Planning Day.  Every year, planners from approximately 30 countries on four continents observe this day in … Continue reading

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Creative Collaboration

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of students from Loyalist College’s Art and Design Foundation program. Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited (HSAL) is partnering with Loyalist College to produce branding for one of our non-profit clients: … Continue reading

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Green City Planning

In many of my blogs, I discuss ways to make urban environments more sustainable and green. I recently read an article in The Wall Street Journal entitled: How to Build a Greener City. This article was aimed less at what … Continue reading

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Lowering Your Carbon Footprint, One Step at a Time (Literally!)

This morning while browsing PR Newswire I saw an article which made me think about my lifestyle. I consider myself aware of my impact on the environment, and do what I can to lower my carbon footprint. Here are some of … Continue reading

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Age-Friendly Communities

In my last few blogs I discussed some of the central themes challenging contemporary planners –  things like the importance of meaningful public consultation to elicit “on-the ground” information to be infused into  projects, plans and policies; the need for … Continue reading

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Bus Compromise

So you’re driving to work and you get stuck behind the dreaded bus that stops: Every. Single. Block. You think to yourself, I wish that bus would get out of my way. You’re on the bus, doing your part for … Continue reading

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