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Andrew Pask

Executive Director, Vancouver Public Space Network in Vancouver

Life Between Umbrellas: Designing a Rain-Friendly City

PRESENTED ON MAR 21, 2019
IN VANCOUVER @ VOL 48

Public spaces – the parks, plazas, and streets that comprise half of Vancouver’s land-base – are the connective tissue that ties the city together. Public space is a canvas for urban life – a stage for social and cultural activities, a marketplace of local economic activity, a forum for democratic engagement. And yet, for much of the year, our spaces are challenged by rain and inclement weather. With even heavier rains in the future, how can we ensure that Vancouver’s public spaces remain vibrant people places all year round?

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City Urban Planning in Genoa

BY BEATRICE MORETTI
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation, they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. (in Italian)

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Planning for a Denser Urban Neighborhood in the Heart of Louisville

BY PATRICK PIUMA
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 05, 2013

Patrick Piuma -- organizer of PKN Louisville -- develops a case for the need for more density in Louisville, particularly a dense, modern neighborhood just south of downtown in an effort to provide more housing options and position Louisville for the new century of global competition for talent and to improve the city's quality of place.

 
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Imaginative Planning

BY HEATHER TERNOWAY
@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2013

Heather Ternoway is an urban planner committed to making planning more tangible and exciting. For over a decade, she has worked with communities large and small to improve quality of life through creative community-driven planning and design. 

 
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What Makes a Great City

BY JONATHAN X. CÔTÉ
@ VOL 2 ON APR 26, 2013

Jonathan X. Côté discusses the elements needed to make a city truly great. He states that Great Cities are not necessarily the biggest or most perfect places. However, a mix of certain aspects can turn a city into a fantastic place to live, and Côté shares with us just what it takes to create a great one.

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Transport and Urban Planning for People

BY JULIE ANNE GENTER
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION ON MAR 28, 2014

As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, people need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices. Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 5, 2014.

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Two Projects, Two Cities

BY VERONIKA KOVACSOVA
@ VOL 26 ON APR 16, 2014

Urban designer Veronika Kovascsova's two projects look to build a bridge between the cities of Vienna and Bratislava, and also try to reimagine the unused spaces in the city, giving them a new lease on life, and engaging and contributing to the growth of communities.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 21, 2014.

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Big Data and Public Space Perception

BY ASHOT SNKHCHYAN
@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2017

How ‘big data’, generated as a result of the penetration of digital technologies in our daily life, can be used by architects for creating better and more efficient public spaces. 

 

 

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Is public transport planning just for bureaucrats and consultants, or is there space for true community involvement?

BY ROBERT HENDERSON
@ VOL 36 ON SEP 17, 2018

Rob Henderson worked tirelessly for 6 years promoting bike share as part of Christchurch's public transport network. After being told "now's not the time for new ideas" he crowd-funded and launched a bike share pilot, and built a local community in support of the idea; providing the basis for a city business case for bike share. Before watching consultants and overseas companies get all the rewards.

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Our Future City

BY VANESSA LIRA
@ VOL 38 ON DEC 09, 2018

Vanessa Lira, an urban designer for the Atlanta Department of City Planning, talks about the Atlanta City Design, a new 400-page plan for the city.