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urban planning

Searching for a Lost City, eyeing the wildlife of China, honoring the guru of better cities

And there’s more: friends and monsters connect long distance, wartime feelings that don’t go away and the real life of drug addicts

Canadian cities to tame downtown white elephants of 'wrong-headed planning'

The City of Vancouver voted last month to tear down the Georgia Viaduct while discussion continues over construction of a new street network below it.
A proposed downtown tower; Brian Jackson

RESIGNATION BOMBSHELL: The Ballad of Brian Jackson

The former top city planner wasn’t master of his own house inside City Hall and was unpopular with the public, developers and builders outside a select inner circle.
Bjarke Ingels

Gesamtkunstwerk and Vancouver House: "Vancouverism 2.0"

Reimagining the foot of the Granville Bridge.
Mayor Gregor Robertson and a V-Pole: Artist's rendition

V-Poles: Douglas Coupland writes the future of the telephone pole

The future of utility poles: wireless and open-source.

Richard Wolak’s first edition of Vancouver Food Talks

Richard Wolak's first edition of #FoodTalksVan highlighted dialogue on food, from farm (or ocean) to fork. With great food, company & knowledge, Volume 1 set a high bar for the series.

Key to smart transit is data sharing, experts say at Cities Summit

Sharing information is the city's best bet for improving public transit, according to panelists at Vancouver's 2012 Cities Summit.

Douglas Coupland to be keynote speaker at Cities Summit in Vancouver

The renowned Canadian writer and artist will be keynote speaker at the upcoming Cities Summit.

What's your vision for Vancouver's viaducts?

Public voting is open until Sunday in the City's competition for new solutions around the viaducts.

Open source city: the future of Vancouver’s urban landscape

When we talk about urban landscape, we usually think about grand 19th-century interventions like Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park or Haussmann’s epic re-engineering of the avenues and boulevards...