Building More Resilient Cities Requires Understanding Urban Interdependencies

Building More Resilient Cities Requires Understanding Urban Interdependencies

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.

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CUI's Visualizing Density Initiative featured in Novae Res Urbis – GTHA Edition

CUI's Visualizing Density Initiative featured in Novae Res Urbis – GTHA Edition

"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. 

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Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs - A New Free Internet Course by UBC

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs - A New Free Internet Course by UBC

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. 

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New Tools to Improve Excess Soil Management

New Tools to Improve Excess Soil Management

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.

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CUI January 2017 Newsletter

CUI January 2017 Newsletter

In this edition read the the outcomes of the annual meeting with Toronto's Chief Planner, register for our free lunchtime webinar on improving excess soil management and learn about CUI’s work helping downtowns across Canada build support for downtown development and business improvement.

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CUI November 2016 Newsletter

CUI November 2016 Newsletter

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.

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Developing Canada's Infrastructure Report Card: Lessons Learned

Developing Canada's Infrastructure Report Card: Lessons Learned

CUI served as Project Manager for the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card. This included responsibility for managing the survey distribution to Canadian municipalities, organizing the results and convening 18 professional membership organizations to finalize the report card.

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Urban Leadership Day 2015

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

Thank you to CBC and UrbanToronto for post-event coverage! And thank you to our sponsors: Loblaw Real Estate, TD, Aird & Berlis, KPMG for helping to make this event possible.

New CUI Directors bring fresh perspectives on city building, policy and stakeholder engagement.

CUI is excited to announce the appointment of three new board members:

  • John Campbell, President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto
  • Bruce Peever Senior Manager, KPMG Hamilton
  • Megan Wallingford Analyst, Sustainalytics

Our new Chair is Andréa Callà, a Senior Executive with Tridel, with Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, P.Eng. as Vice-Chair. CUI thanks Marni Cappe, who served as Chair for the 2014-2015 term. Marni will continue as a Director. We also thank departing Directors Tanzeel Merchant and Winnie Shi.

Learn more about CUI's Governance structure here.

Read our 2014 Annual Report here.