To wrap up 2015, Planetizen presented it’s annual list of top planning trends. The list is a mix of frequently contradicting technical and societal trends. They include the antithetical phenomena of non-peak driving and vision zero, as well as broader societal trends, like urbanism’s rise in pop culture, countered by its omission as an issue in US presidential debates. Equally interesting, this years list was largely based on the personal selection of trends, rather than aggregated data, as in 2014. A trend towards a re-balancing of qualitative and quantitative analysis in urbanism?
Social events abound during the holidays, but they also afford the chance to catch up with a good book. With so many good citymaking books out there, how can you choose the right one? Thankfully, Vancouver’s former Chief Planner, Brent Toderian, has compiled a list of his 100 favourite citymaking books. Compare notes and join the conversation!