A City That Works For Everyone: Reflections on the Necessity of an Intersectional Urbanism

In the last few weeks, people have been discussing the issue of diversity in urbanism. At the recent CanU conference, there was an all-white all-male panel that got people talking. What happened at CanU isn't uncommon; many urbanist conferences often have a lack of gender and racial diversity in their speaker and panel rosters. So, [...]

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Put Yourself In Our Shoes: Using Empathy to Build Walkable Cities

About a year ago, I wrote a post about how urban design can impact a person's sense of dignity. The issue has been on my mind regularly since. I think about it every day, actually. My research involves understanding how people perceive urban environments. A study I wrapped up this semester examined how being in the presence [...]

Make Something Lean: Applying Lean Thinking to Community Building

So... it's been a while since I wrote a blog post. February flew by, and March was a time of change. I recently started a new job and I am currently packing for a move at the end of the month. Suffice to say, I've been busy. It holds true that Spring is a time of [...]

yegsnowfight: We made something, Edmonton.

Last Sunday, I witnessed something magical. It was perhaps the most "Edmonton" experience I've had since moving to this city in 2012. In October, I was tweeting back and forth with a (then) stranger about having a snowball fight. I had recently watched the Human Scale documentary, in which they showed a spontaneous snowball fight [...]

Why I Want Bike Lanes in Edmonton

On Thursday evening, I attended the #yegbikecoalition event at Edmonton’s City Hall.  We were lucky to have some fantastic speakers to help launch the event. Scott McKeen regaled us with his memories of biking from Clareview to downtown Edmonton, and accordingly some of his reflections on “sharing” the road with drivers. Andrew Knack shared his [...]

What is community?

What is community? Merriam Webster defines community as : a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) : a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. : a group of nations As you can see, the definition isn't particularly clear. I’ve been [...]

Why Edmonton?

Why Edmonton? That’s a question that lead to the development of Make Something Edmonton – an initiative that I am proud to be a part of as a member of the Activation Board. I plan on sharing my reflections on participating in this amazing movement here on my blog. Why Edmonton? I’ve pondered that question [...]