Cities Alive

Planning & Design Centre

Bringing planning and development issues from around Canada down to earth through storytelling. Based out of Halifax, N.S.
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Planning with Politics – Part 2

29:27 | Jan 19th, 2016

Large-scale transit projects are the most politically volatile initiatives in urban planning. In order to succeed they require the involvement and cooperation of all levels of government as well as public engagement and support. The role of planners ...Show More
Halifax Explosion

59:00 | Dec 6th, 2017

At 9:04 and 35 seconds AM on December 6, the Halifax Explosion interrupted all plans for Halifax. It left thousands dead or injured, decimated Richmond area of Halifax, brought together international support and set in motion a series of events that ...Show More
Holding Down the Fort

17:14 | Mar 8th, 2016

  Fort York is one of Toronto’s most iconic historical landmarks. It’s both well-known and under-appreciated. The core of the Fort has been preserved, but its fringes have been in constant flux since the late 1700s. Fluid Fort York, a course taught a...Show More
Zoning Out! – Part 2

28:46 | Feb 16th, 2016

Millennial’s values and the market realities they face are becoming more and more prominent and this may be impacting the way our cities are developing. Places where cafes now spread like wildfire, smart phones and Instagram followers have more curre...Show More
Zoning Out! – Part 1

36:48 | Feb 9th, 2016

For a long time, zonings main purpose was to separate incompatible land uses, but that course seems to be taking a turn. Zoning is becoming more comprehensive and more flexible. Rather than restricting, zoning is encouraging complete communities, inn...Show More
Planning with Politics – Part 1

28:30 | Jan 12th, 2016

Major planning decisions are ultimately the decision of council, but planners play a key role in guiding those decisions. They provide a professional perspective and analysis to ensure councilors are equipped to make informed decisions. As opposed to...Show More
Planning with Cents – Part 2

30:49 | Sep 22nd, 2015

We know that land development is expensive, risky and complex to begin with but, when you think about Brownfields that have contamination and require remediation it becomes even more risky. Are there other revenue tools we can use to finance developm...Show More
Planning with Cents – Part 1

41:11 | Sep 16th, 2015

Without jobs many young people are leaving mid-sized Canadian cities like Windsor, Cambridge and Sarnia, all of which are struggling with declining populations or limited growth.  For cities, growth provides the opportunity to finance investment and ...Show More
Community By Design – Part 2

53:06 | Aug 18th, 2015

Part 2 of “Community By Design” is here! In Community Design Part 2 we travel across Ontario to see how some municipalities are embracing experimentation and design to transform our cities. They are building from the story of that place and harnessin...Show More
Community By Design – Part 1

35:54 | Aug 11th, 2015

While buzz words like “high density” and “mixed use” are standard in planning conversations, it is not always clear how to put these ideas into practice. Planners and city staff from all over Ontario are taking risks and experimenting with new design...Show More
Road Wars

40:09 | Jul 21st, 2015

What is it about sharing the road that incites animosity between people on bikes and people in cars? How have cities tried to resolve the battle between cars and bikes? Tune into the new episode and learn about the innovative ways that communities ar...Show More