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Toronto’s tech boom is transforming the city
July 26, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | MARCUS GEE.

the tech industry that is transforming Toronto. The city is in the midst of a spectacular tech boom. Big firms such as Microsoft, Twitter, Uber, Google and Netflix are setting up shop or expanding here. Thousands of workers are coming to live and work in the city. Thousands of startup companies are revving their engines.

The pell-mell growth of the city comes in part from the rise of tech. Patrick Fejér of B+H Architects says 10 million square feet of new office space is due to open by 2024, more than was built from 1992 to the present. Toronto, he says, has more than 120 construction cranes in the air, compared with 65 in Seattle and 35 in New York.

CBRE, a real estate consultancy, says that Toronto is the fastest-growing market for tech talent in North America, “adding an eye-popping 80,100 tech jobs in the past five years, a 54-per-cent increase.” It now ranks third, just behind San Francisco’s Bay Area and Seattle.
Big_Tech  creative_class  downtown_core  housing  King-Spadina  Kitchener-Waterloo  livability  Marcus_Gee  millennials  neighbourhoods  Port_Lands  property_development  Sidewalk_Labs  talent  Toronto  transformational  transit  walkability  technology 
12 weeks ago by jerryking
one casualty of designing cities around the needs of automobiles is access to shade, as available public space is consumed for streets and parking, and pedestrians' need for shade must compete with drivers' need for visibility. in los angeles, shade is unevenly distributed -- for example, tree canopy cover is 53% in bel air, but 10% in south l.a.. in areas targeted by police, shade loses out to surveillance, as trees are cut down to clear sightlines for cameras and helicopters. designers of public parks are constrained because shady areas allow people to congregate, and "Los Angeles obviously has a very conflicted position towards creating shelter in the public realm." and it's not just shade from trees: even the locations of shaded bus shelters were decided on by advertising companies who want to target more affluent consumers. meanwhile individuals and businesses wanting to create ad hoc shade structures run into regulatory enforcement. with rising temperatures and an increasing number of people living without shelter, shade is a public health issue -- one study found the difference in surface temperature between shaded and unshaded asphalt was 40 degrees fahrenheit. los angeles was not always this way -- the article traces a change in the landscape, away from shade, to the availability of cheap electricity in 1936. since then, parts of the l.a. have become "shade deserts."
public-space  public-infrastructure  public-safety  shade  climate-change  livability  car-culture 
april 2019 by tarakc02
Thinking BIG: Danish architects have a radical vision to build a distinct condo community in Toronto - The Globe and Mail

The new condo will be hard to miss. It could be the strangest residential building ever constructed in Canada. Certainly, it will set an interesting example for new housing. While new condos and apartments are often faulted for being soulless, this promises to be a carefully detailed building, a distinctive place, and a village that contributes to the larger city.......the King Street project, by Westbank in partnership with Toronto office developers Allied Properties REIT. It was inspired by Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67, the legendary assemblage of prefab boxes on Montreal’s harbour.......Like Habitat, the King Street building is configured as a series of “mountains,” irregular stacks of boxes that each contain a home or a piece of one. The residences rise up, over and around four century-old brick buildings, which will all be retained entirely or in large part......They are eminently livable. This is typical of BIG’s work, which tends to juxtapose fantastic ambition with business savvy and technical expertise.......BIG, and their clients, were ready to do something more thoughtful, but had no interest in blending in. After much back-and-forth, they’ve settled on glass block as the building’s main cladding material.....The King Street project is also an ambitious experiment with urban design. There are basically two species of tower in Toronto: a mid-rise slab of six to 10 storeys, which steps back at the top; and a “tower-and-podium,” a model borrowed from Vancouver that combines a fat, squared-off base (or “podium”) with a tall, skinny residential tower.
architecture  Danish  heritage  King_Street  livability  property_development  thinking_big  Toronto  condominiums  soul-enriching  housing 
september 2018 by jerryking
Finding happiness may depend on where you live - The Washington Post
Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine
Happiness  Cities  Livability 
may 2018 by phillanes
What actually is a good city? — Universal-Sci
We start with the idea that there should be basic principles that relate to the following basic domains of social life:

Ecology – cities should have a deep and integrated relationship with nature.

Economics – cities should be based on an economy organised around the social needs of all citizens.

Politics – cities should have an enhanced emphasis on engaged and negotiated civic involvement.

Culture – cities should actively develop ongoing processes for dealing with the uncomfortable intersections of identity and difference.

These have become the top-level principles for going deeper and deeper, elaborated across more and more specific subdomains of practice.

And here is the completely novel dimension. These principles have been and will be debated by people. None of these principles are fixed, hidden, confusing, or commercial-in-confidence. They are the outcome of open dialogue.
urbanplanning  urbanism  cities  sustainability  environmentalism  livability 
january 2018 by cdzombak
Franklin County doesn't want to make bike/ped friendly communities, loses funding to communities that do | County |
Franklin County could lose 2 percent of its transportation funding if new project scoring criteria is approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW) next month.

Franklin County Highway Administrator Ron Williams said the new scoring is part of a federal 2045 master plan, which will give priority to larger projects with extra features not normally included in Franklin County projects.

“I think this is a bad plan for us out here,” Williams said. “The scoring used to be based on performance criteria, now it’s about getting more bang for their buck.”

Williams added simple road preservation projects would now have to take on more options like adding sidewalks, trails and lighting. Traffic flow, public transit, multimodal and alternative forms of transportation would also be key factors.

“We (county) don’t have sidewalks and public transit that connects with anything,” Williams said. “How do we compete? We just want to overlay roads to preserve them. We don’t want to put in sidewalks.”

MoBikeFed comment: The problem is that there are plenty of communities--including a BUNCH in Franklin County, that in fact do want to create walkable and bicycleable spaces and streets.

So the relatively few locations that don't want to work for walkable and bicycleable communities rightly lose out on funding to those that do.

They will soon lose out even further, as people gravitate from unfriendly, unwalkable, unbicycleable communities towards the many communities that now already exist in Missouri, that are working hard to become more healthy and livable.
health  franklincounty  livability  walking  cycling  planning 
september 2017 by mobikefed
Vancouver retains ranking as third most livable city in the world
Vancouver  livability  from twitter_favs
august 2017 by photographer
Auckland Design Manual
"Designing the world’s most liveable city together

We are all involved in the design of our city - decisions we make about our homes and places of work, shape our streets, our neighbourhoods and our city. Great design comes from people with vision, knowledge and experience.

The Auckland Design Manual (ADM) provides a resource for everyone involved in design, building and development to either share their great design stories with others, or to seek inspiration, tools and best practice advice from those who have already been successful. Auckland's planning rulebook, the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (Unitary Plan) will articulate the rules for the future growth, whilst the ADM illustrates how to achieve the quality outcomes sought by the Unitary Plan.

The transformation of Auckland is a joint responsibility, not just council alone. We need the help, support and commitment of every resident to deliver the world's most liveable city.

Why is the design of the built environment important for Auckland?
"Everyone benefits from well-designed buildings, spaces and places. The built environment contributes a great deal to our quality of life and economic success, and delivers enormous value to society. Yet we often take it for granted, without appreciating its effect on our daily lives" (CABE 2005: 3)

Indeed design is often seen as a dirty word, some frivolous addition to the budget that adds little more than some aesthetic preference of those who are paying for it. We should consider design as a verb as well as an outcome. It is a process of constant refinement working with the variables of time, cost and quality to achieve the optimum outcome. Everything within the built environment has been designed and thought about to some degree. However we all know examples where it is obvious that this thinking has stopped early on and we are left with places or buildings that don't work well, not built well or are simply an eyesore. These are generally not great investments, and often need further money spent to rectify them over the longer term.

With Auckland likely to grow substantially over the next thirty years, we need to get more of these decisions right. As your council we are already trying new approaches, for example the Elliot Street shared spaces in the central city, the Transit Oriented Development in New Lynn and the Wynyard Quarter development on the waterfront. However, it is not just the council who builds the city; you do! It is your individual and collective decisions that shape our future – from where you choose to rent to what developments you might undertake.

We want to support the people of Auckland who are interested in the design of their house, their business premises, their street, their park or neighbourhood. So we have created the Auckland Design Manual – a website resource to provide you with inspiration through sharing good examples and some of the more detailed guidance about how to achieve similar great outcomes. We have started the ball rolling, but want to hear from you about your definition of a great project and want you to send us your best examples so we can continue to develop and refine the ADM – because only by sharing the lessons already learnt can we design the world's most liveable city together."

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[See also “Māori Design Whakatairanga Tikanga Māori”

"Understanding and following a Māori design practice is key to delivering design outcomes that help to deepen our sense of place and develop meaningful and durable relationships with Iwi in Tāmaki Makaurau.This hub builds on design processes based upon Te Aranga principles. The content is being developed in partnership with Ngā Aho, a network of Mā​ori design professionals, and other partners. " ]
via:anabjain  aukland  design  cities  auklanddesignmanual  participatori  maori  newzealand  neighborhoods  democracy  urban  livability  builtenvironment  māori 
january 2016 by robertogreco

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