By Frances Bula, Published on May 23rd, 2018 on the Globe and Mail (Full Article)

A search for the ‘missing middle’ of housing

Canada’s major cities, which used to consist of small apartment zones surrounded by vast swathes of single-family houses, are undergoing a major transformation.

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Published on: April 26, 2018 by Vancouver Sun: Full Article

A local design company has come up with a way to gently densify neighbourhoods full of single-family houses without overwhelming them with condo towers.

Vancouver-based Haeccity Studio Architecture was a winner of a competition run by Urbanarium, a local non-profit group that was looking for ways to plug the “missing middle.”

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Imagine Parks and Recreation – What could Vancouver’s parks, public space and recreation opportunities look like in 25 years? How about 100 years?

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is developing Vancouver’s Playbook, a new master plan to guide the delivery of vibrant parks and recreation over the next 25 years. VanPlay is a year-long fun and interactive conversation with the public, park board staff, partners, stakeholders and experts to make it the best plan it can be.


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Enthusiastic about public space? On September 14 and 16, the City of Vancouver will conduct its first ever Public Space and Public Life Study with the support of Gehl - Making Cities for People, a global leader in people-centred urban design.

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Towards A Better City 

Vancouverites know better than anyone what would make their city better. For that reason, we are asking residents from 50 neighbourhoods across the city to contribute their feedback in an open, authentic, transparent and defensible manner. 

We are crowdsourcing from the grassroots to help influence future decision-making in the City.


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From CBC's MAy 23rd article

Research on housing affordability suggests GTHA lacks mid-level housing like 'townhouses, duplexes, triplexes'

Call it the tale of Toronto's two housing markets: on one side are the million-dollar-plus single-detached homes, and on the other, those tiny boxes in the sky.

What's missing, is everything in the middle.

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UBC is a leader in a global network of post-secondary institutions that have turned their campuses into living laboratories for sustainable behaviour, infrastructure and community. At UBC, sustainability means simultaneous improvements in human and environmental wellbeing, not just reductions in damage or harm. The University is embedding this regenerative sustainability throughout teaching, learning, research, partnerships, operations and infrastructure, and the UBC community.


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A New Free Internet Course Offered on edX
by the University of British Columbia

Architects, urban planners, real-estate developers, landscape architects, and anyone else who is interested in the future of cities – especially students in all these disciplines – should check out this free, open course, taught by Larry Beasley, the former planning director of Vancouver, who is the Distinguished Professor of Practice at the University of British Columbia, and Jonathan Barnett, a noted authority on urban design from the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design is launching a web-based course that offers architectural education at no cost.

The Architectural Imagination course will allow students to "learn fundamental principles of architecture — as an academic subject or a professional career — from a study of history's important buildings", according to the website.

Spread over 10 modules, the programme is intended to be taken over the same number of weeks.

The first part will focus on form and history, the second on technology, and the third on representation and context.

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Check out Hindsight kick starter campaign:

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