Alex Mazelow destroys the “Retail is dead” myth in our final episode of season 2! HIs company, The Carbon Collective has been thriving whist others are dying. We dig into WHY and HOW. Hint – it’s not as easy as opening up next to a Starbucks anymore.
Jake Tobin from ParkPeople.ca talks parks….and let me tell you, we ain’t talking about your average park. We dig deeper into the urban parks of the future from the $25mm privately funded underpass park aka The Bentway to the massive park path along the hydro corridor. You’ll want to listen to this one.
Gianpiero Pugliese: Principal at Audax talks Medieval Modern & Human Architecture, shall we? They sure don’t mak’em like they used to. Building cities in “super-blocks” as the Romans did way back in the day seems to be making a comeback. You see, Cities used to be built by pedestrians for pedestrians. They invented the whole “shop local” movement and Henry Ford ruined it all. Whatever you needed was literally steps from your front door. You worked, played and shopped where you lived.
Can you raise a family in an urban condo? YES. Jeanhy Shim talks about this and tells us that people buy jeans the same way they buy real estate. The Value Equation: Value = Rational Benefit x Emotional Benefit ÷ Price has been top of mind as Jeanhy consults developers while creating the perfect suite mix in a new development. The goal? Making 900 square feet feel bigger than it actually is.
Steven Tingley, a Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) resident talks about his experience with his TCHC apartment and living with no heat since February. Steven is an active member of the TCHC community as their Community Animator and Co-Chair of Communications Workgroup. We also learn some surprising facts about Steven’s life from a $200K book deal he turned down to his club owner days on the East Coast.
From Artificial Intelligence to Planning Algorithms to Staying Safe in tall buildings. Prof. Brenda McCabe and Prof. Arash Shahi take us on an interesting journey through their recent report titled: EVALUATION OF TALL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PERMITTING PROCESS IN TORONTO (read it here –> rescon.com/media/2015/Shahi_K_…mitting_Process.pdf)
We chat with Core Architects Principal, long time architect and urban enthusiast Babak Eslahjou about everything from politics to the next “boom town”. Will Babak run for Mayor again? How will community politics change now that the OMB is being dismantled? Are we going to see more developers back politicians to help get their way?
Why do we live in Toronto and not Vancouver? Sunlight, baby! Ara loves it but Slutsky prefers the shade. But in all seriousness as we develop more density in urban communities around the World the shadowing effect is something that needs to be taken seriously. This week, Paul Kulig Urban Design and Transportation leader at Perkins + Will has a serious talk about what’s being done about preserving sunlight, the benefits of shade and some cool new tech that make it rain sun everywhere!
This week we chat with Lisa Bate an Architect with B+H who’s working on something we bet you haven’t even thought about. Waterproofing Cities. Waterproofing. Think about that for a second. With all the recent floods wiping out major Canadian and US Cities this is a serious discussion that’s gaining a ton of momentum. One troubling thought: How do we protect against future events if we constantly take measures to protect ourselves using stats from the past?
A high level discussion with Graham Haines about the new Rent Control rules the Wynne Government has proposed and a deep dive into Graham’s recently written policy paper titled: Making Cents of Ontario’s Rent Regulation: Assessing the Financial Impact of Rent Control and Developer Incentives.