The French econeighborhood policy: issues in national certification (part 1)

By Hugo Rochard Introduction A global race has taken off to redefine development paths for advanced postindustrial societies in time to address the ominous threats of environmental changes and unsustainable societal trends. One area of innovation is the model sustainable neighborhood. These developments take many names and are designed with a range of different frameworks … More The French econeighborhood policy: issues in national certification (part 1)

The French econeighborhood policy: issues in national certification (part 2)

By Hugo Rochard Part 2: Evolutions and challenges for the French label Since the two first national competitions in 2009 and 2011, the ÉcoQuartier label has undergone minor modifications (figure 4). With a view to improving the ÉcoQuartier Charter, Alain Jund, Vice-President of the Eurométropole of Strasbourg, was tasked by the Ministry in November 2016 … More The French econeighborhood policy: issues in national certification (part 2)

Comparaison de la certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) et du label EcoQuartier. Partie III

By Apolline POIROUX Résumé De nombreuses organisations de certification et labellisation d’écoquartiers ont vu le jour ces dernières années à travers le monde. Chacune d’entre elles retient des critères propres pour définir la notion d’écoquartier. Dans cet article, nous nous sommes intéressés à comparer la certification LEED ND (Neighbourhood Development), utilisée en majorité en Amérique … More Comparaison de la certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) et du label EcoQuartier. Partie III

Comparaison de la certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) et du label EcoQuartier. Partie II

By Apolline POIROUX Résumé De nombreuses organisations de certification et labellisation d’écoquartiers ont vu le jour ces dernières années à travers le monde. Chacune d’entre elles retient des critères propres pour définir la notion d’écoquartier. Dans cet article, nous nous sommes intéressés à comparer la certification LEED ND (Neighbourhood Development), utilisée en majorité en Amérique … More Comparaison de la certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) et du label EcoQuartier. Partie II

Comparaison de la certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) et du label EcoQuartier. Partie I

By Apolline POIROUX Résumé De nombreuses organisations de certification et labellisation d’écoquartiers ont vu le jour ces dernières années à travers le monde. Chacune d’entre elles retient des critères propres pour définir la notion d’écoquartier. Dans cet article, nous nous sommes intéressés à comparer la certification LEED ND (Neighbourhood Development), utilisée en majorité en Amérique … More Comparaison de la certification LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) et du label EcoQuartier. Partie I

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.