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Seven Ways to Rethink Toronto’s Resiliency

Seven ways the recent ice storm, earlier power outages and floods enable us to consider whether municipal sustainability plans for Toronto and other municipalities should be reconsidered through the lens of resiliency planning. How different would social and environmental planning for food, climate change, energy, economic development, healthy communities, natural assets and transportation be if seen through the lens of ‘resiliency’? Continue reading

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We Built Toronto with People’s Needs at the Forefront

Let’s mark World Town Planning Day on November 8 by remembering two bold moves that put Toronto’s people first by addressing changes in the suburbs and affordability. It’s time to reflect on their impacts and use them to inform our City’s ongoing evolution. Continue reading

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Toronto’s Energy Future: Part 2

As promised, here’s Part 2 of Noah’s documentary on, “Toronto’s Energy Future.” Noah Brotman is an Urban Planner at Hardy Stevenson Associates Limited and the newest member of our team. Noah completed his Master of Environmental Studies and Urban Planning at York … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Energy Future: Part 1

Our newest team member, Noah Brotman, created a compelling documentary on, “Toronto’s Energy Future.” Here’s Part 1. (Part 2 will follow later this week.) Noah Brotman is an Urban Planner at Hardy Stevenson Associates Limited and the newest member of our team. Noah … Continue reading

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Communicative Planning for the Digital Age

More than ever, planners need to inform and educate people about urban issues. Somehow we need to get across to residents and various stakeholders the importance of the planning processes which will ultimately impact their lives. Our recent work incorporating … Continue reading

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Why Your Communication Plan Sucks

Yes, I said it: your communication plan sucks. No, no – I didn’t mean yours specifically. I’m sure your communication plan is great…just great… [Awkward pause] But there are plenty of communication plans out there that need help! Here are … Continue reading

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Are We Really Building a ‘Sustainable’ Toronto?

As a recent transplant to Toronto, I’m often asked by those from my home town where in the city I moved to. When I give them the neighbourhood’s name, their brows furrow quizzically, so I usually have to supplement my … 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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