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The Smart Farm Project

A quick scan of the 2011 Census of Agriculture paints a bleak picture. The average age of farmers in Canada is 55, with more than 48% over the age of …

Farming

With a revamped CityLab, The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media

For The Atlantic, niche media doesn’t have to mean small business.<p>CityLab, The Atlantic’s site focused on urban development and innovation, is getting a big redesign Tuesday, joining a more refined editorial mission and more ambitious business goals. The new site, whose coverage revolves around the …

Urban Design

Labs in Place: Weaving Networks to Achieve Systemic Change

Designed by Karen Gomez, background image from LEDlab.In 2015, Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU partnered to initiate a social innovation lab to …

Why Canada needs a new National Housing Policy — now!

Canada is in the midst of a housing crisis. Skyrocketing prices in our biggest cities are making it nearly impossible for young people to dream of …

Want People to Take Your Survey? Ask Yourself These Questions First

A former market researcher on how to make online surveys more enjoyable for the takers and useful for the writers<p>I have a message for the survey creators of the world: I’m tired of answering your questions. In particular, I’m tired of online surveys that are too complicated, too cumbersome and too …

The Star | Canada's largest daily

A Blueprint for Better Housing Messages

And why the ones we're using can backfire. | More than just a home; the place we live shapes how we live. Where we live maps our lives: where we go …

How We Razed the Affordable House

<b>TheTyee.ca</b>Vancouver's high-end housing market is doing well of late. Cranes and sales centres dot the downtown landscape. In February, prospective …

The Moderator’s Role in Panel Discussions

An article in the Atlantic magazine argued that panels would be better without a moderator. Coming into “peak bad panel season,” her expectations of …

10 Do's and Don'ts for Moderating a Panel Discussion

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, part of any solid marketing and public relations plan will likely involve you (or key spokespeople from your company) hitting what I like to call the “speaker-panelist-moderator” circuit.<p>If you’re naturally …

Public Speaking

Intensification nation

Illustration by Studio Tipi<p>Vancouver these days has become a city fixated by the curbside view of its gold-plated residential real estate. As the …

Urban Design

Michael Mortensen: Do we need a New Vancouver Special?

.<p>.<p>There are some lessons that can be learned from the Old Vancouver Specials – those boxy but roomy, poorly insulated, one-up-one-down duplexes …

Urban Design

INTA34 - Interview with Remi Feredj (RAPT, Paris) by Lawrence Barth (AA, Londres)

Growth plan will fill in ‘missing middle’ of housing choices: report | The Star

“Right now they go where land is cheap and has less rules. We need to make things more cost effective and less complicated to build the density and …

Urban Design

Econ 101 And The Missing Middle

HUD has released 2015 building permit tallies. Austin’s tallies for 2015:• Single Family Units: 2,846<br>• Duplex units: 326<br>• Units in 3-4 unit buildings: …

Can This Radical Form Of Affordable Housing Development Make Cities More Livable?

By linking housing costs to income level, not market rates, community land trusts combat gentrification and create permanent affordable housing. As a big project opens in London, can other cities follow?<p>When St. Clement’s Hospital, a psychiatric institution, shuttered its doors in London in 2005, …

The Star | Canada's largest daily

Low-Income Renters May Get A Financial Boost From Ottawa

OTTAWA — The federal government is looking at creating a new benefit to help low-income Canadians who struggle to pay the rent each month.<p>Multiple …

105 Keefer: An Interview with King-Mong Chan

Map of ChinatownIn 2014, the developer Beedie Living approached the City of Vancouver with a proposal to construct a new condominium. The site in …

“Density” is not a bad word

DC’s population recently reached its highest point in 40 years, which for some stokes fears that the city is undergoing a “Manhattanization” and …

Vancouver's housing market — the canary in the coalmine

Growing concerns over Vancouver's housing market is the canary in the coalmine for affordability issues across the country, that according to UBC …

Housing

The Cities Of The Future Will Be Great If We Figure Out How To Make Them Affordable

While cities increasingly become out of reach for all but the wealthiest, there is a raft of solutions from around the world to make more housing and make the apartments that do exist cheap enough to live in.<p>No aspect of living in a city causes more misery, divides communities more deeply and is …

Paul Kershaw: Taxing homeowners could pay for better health care system

What’s housing got to do with health?<p>A lot! Housing shapes both our health and our ability to pay for medical care. The premiers and Prime Minister …

What Happens if Young People Never Buy Homes?

We asked two experts how much damage this could possibly do.<p>If you're collecting clues that civilization as we know it is about to collapse (be honest, we all are), the fact that millennials aren't buying homes maybe isn't at the top of your list right now. Yet modern economies generally depend on …

How housing policy benefits from a socioeconomic perspective

On November 17, I delivered a webinar presentation for the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association titled “The Missing Piece: How Housing Policy …

1st-time homebuyers loan only serves the 'privileged,' UBC professor says

A University of British Columbia professor says the B.C. government's new program to provide first-time homebuyers with loans to cover their down …

The more the State has withdrawn from housebuilding, the more it has found itself propping up the private market

<i>There is a paradox in modern housing policy, writes Daniel Bentley. The aim of rolling back the state from housebuilding has turned its role from one</i> …