"In a red-hot market, Ontario’s middle-income families are struggling to find housing they can afford. According to a recent report, all levels of government need to provide capital to the non-profit sector to build more affordable ownership housing."
To be resilient the city needs to be able to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks it experiences, according to the 100 Resilient Cities network. This requires a comprehensive strategy that outlines the role for all players, including municipal staff, utilities, transit authorities and conservation authorities, in building urban resiliency.
A healthy city requires its services and structures to also be healthy. These include a city’s utilities, transportation services, public safety services, buildings, social services and its natural environment. While isolating any one of these services or structures can make planning seem more straightforward, changes occurring in one sector will often affect many others.
"New research is making it easier to understand what built form and density look like in relation to
provincial growth policies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, but density is only one element
when building complete communities" states Andrew Cohrs in his recent article "Built Form Crucial Variable" published in Novae Res Urbis – GTHA Edition. The article features the Canadian Urban Institute's new pilot project, Visualizing Density, an initiative created to help planners, designers, elected officials, residents’ groups, and private sector builders design more complete communities and adapt existing ones over time.
Ecodesign means integrating planning, urban design and the conservation of natural systems to produce a sustainable built and natural environment. Ecodesign can be implemented through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in most communities. This free course, lead by Larry Beasley and Jonathan Barnett, describes specific solutions to the vexing urban challenges we all face, course participants can see how these ideas might be applied in their own area.
Glenn Miller, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Senior Associate with the Canadian Urban Institute, shares the decade-long journey behind his publication "No Place to Grow Old: How Canadian Suburbs Can Become Age Friendly" released yesterday by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
In this edition discover opportunities for youth to explore urban growth and sustainability, provide input on Toronto’s policy directions for Community Service and Facilities and learn about the economic benefits of LED streetlights and how they are improving the overall quality of life for communities.
CUI's online Excess Soil By-Law Tool helps support municipalities in managing excess soils being brought onto sites in their jurisdictions and ensuring human health and the environment is protected. Informed by the MOECC guideline Management Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices (MOECC BMP) and consultation with stakeholders, the tool provides sample by-law language and discussion on over 18 key issues.
In this edition, learn about the national workshop CUI hosted in partnership with the Canadian Home Builders Association to support affordable home ownership and download the Affordable Home Ownership Factsheet. Also included, outcomes and photos from our 2016 National LightSaver’s Summit and 13th Annual Urban Leadership Awards.
In this edition, learn more about the Lifetime Achievement Award our ED, Peter Halsall received. We also share news about our latest work including: TO Core, Toronto Waterfront Resiliency & Innovation Framework and our International Urban Exchange programs.
On December 4 CUI hosted Urban Leadership Day at Artscape's newest venue the Sandbox. The morning kicked-off with our Annual Meeting with Toronto's Chief Planner with NRU Publishing and was followed by CUI's presentation of the 2015 Urban Leadership Awards program. Thank you to all who attended! #togrows #ULD2015
It's the last week to get the amazing $149 delegate rate for the October 1st Green Building Festival in Toronto. Register before Friday at 5 pm to hear from top experts on urban resilience, enjoy lunch / reception / tour, earn valuable CEU's and more. http://bit.ly/1KZ1YKa
Join us as we congratulate CUI Director Larry Beasley on the publication of his new book (co-authored with Jonathan Barnett): Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs.