New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part I: Cohousing in China

By Katie Sperry Sharing and cooperation are evolved, sociocultural traits that have played an integral part in human social and cultural evolution (Nowak, 2011). In modern societies, private interests have been prioritized at the cost of shared interests. This is particularly prevalent in contemporary urban areas, where sociocultural or informal sharing still occurs, but has … More New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part I: Cohousing in China

New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part II: Coworking and Non-Communist Cohousing in Chinese Cities

By Katie Sperry The first co-working space in China was established in 2009; three organizers of a series of informal art-technology gatherings in coffee houses, galleries, and private studios across Shanghai decided to start a coworking enterprise called XinDanWei (新单位 translated into English: new work-unit). Similar to coworking spaces in other countries, XinDanWei was established … More New community innovations in Chinese cities – Part II: Coworking and Non-Communist Cohousing in Chinese Cities

New Partnerships Needed for New Kinds of Neighbourhoods

By Dr. Meg Holden Model sustainable neighbourhoods today are being built by new kinds of partnerships in new kinds of structures. Arguments exist from a number of different perspectives about why this is needed: to build financial capacity, to close gaps in jurisdiction and authority over different pieces of a project, to distribute risk, to … More New Partnerships Needed for New Kinds of Neighbourhoods

Canadian Index of Wellbeing – the systems view of progress

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing results are out today. While we are drawn to the promise of “sunny days” in our country, and we are a fortunate nation, at this challenging historical moment, particularly in comparison to our neighbours, this is not the whole story of the quality of our lives. The CIW is a … More Canadian Index of Wellbeing – the systems view of progress

The Walrus has beached – Calling mayday for collaborative solutions in housing. 

    By Daniel Sturgeon and Meg Holden In early April of this year, The Walrus magazine published an article titled “The Highest Bidder”, a commentary on unaffordability, predominant speculation, and foreign investment in the Vancouver housing market.  The article postulates that these factors are negatively impacting the demographic makeup and permanent residency of Vancouver. … More The Walrus has beached – Calling mayday for collaborative solutions in housing. 

Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood up: Part 3

Opening up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnerships Immediately following the 2016 EcoDistrict Summit in Denver, Colorado, EcoDistricts held a Research Forum shoulder event hosted at University of Denver (DU). The day was themed around the idea of “City as Lab”.  The objective was to advance a comprehensive research agenda for urban redevelopment at the … More Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood up: Part 3

Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 2

Operationalizing the EcoDistricts Protocol As urbanists attending the 2016 Denver EcoDistricts Summit, the Ecourbanism team was motivated and inspired by the variety of examples of urban regeneration success stories discussed by the many compelling keynote speakers, panelists, and session presenters.  As researchers attending the Summit, studying models of neighbourhood scale development, we sought also to … More Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 2

Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 1

A New Leap Forward for EcoDistricts Denver, Colorado is a city with confidence.  This is confidence is buoyed by the arrival of nearly 4000 new residents each month, adding to a population count of 670,000, alongside nearly $4 billion of new investment in the past year alone. “We’re booming!” is the apt description by the … More Building Vibrancy from the Neighbourhood Up: Part 1

Triangulation: A Thesis Recap + Pokemon Go

By Luc Bagneres Embarking on my honours thesis under Meg Holden for my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University my goal was to explore the process of triangulation. To recall, I had a previous blog post as an introduction to triangulation. To briefly recapitulate, triangulation can be defined as “any temporary disruption of civil inattention. It … More Triangulation: A Thesis Recap + Pokemon Go