COVID Reflections

May 11, 2020 in Community, Health

It is safe to say that it’s been a wild few months. 

And now, after two months of strict social distancing here in Canada, many provinces are starting to reopen their communities and economies. It has a lot of us thinking about how COVID will impact society and cities in the long-term. 

How might our collective values adapt to this new reality? 

How will our food systems change? 

Will transit, retail and nightlife be able to recover? 

How will global supply chains adapt? 

 There are endless questions, and not many answers. But we wanted to hear from past and future guests about their thoughts on how COVID will impact our communities. 

In this episode, you’ll hear from:

Design Justice

December 9, 2019 in Community, Design

City builders often talk about the need for community consultation. Consultation is important as it brings perspectives and feedback from community members. But too often, folks “consult” with a preconceived notion of the outcome or a limited application of what the community has to say. Another approach to involving the community is to co-create. That is, to develop ideas alongside the community.  

John sits down with Brent Brown who leads an urban design practice based around this concept of co-creation.

Brent Brown is an architect, planner and urban designer. He is also the founder of building community workshop, a non-profit community design group based in Dallas, Texas. building community workshop, or bc workshop for short, enriches lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to parts of the cities where resources are most scarce. To do so, bc workshop recognizes it has to understand the social, economic and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.

Not-for-profit Development

October 21, 2019 in Community

We are in the home stretch of the Federal Election here in Canada. During the campaign, most leaders have discussed the issue of affordability. Whatever your political stripe, and whoever wins the election, housing affordability is an issue that faces families across Canada and indeed around the world. And of course, politicians play a role in affecting housing affordability. But another key player that impacts the cost of housing is the development industry. It’s a profit-driven industry, which means developers aren’t always motivated to make housing affordable. Today, John talks with Robert Brown who works in the non-profit development sector.

In this episode, Robert and John talk about

  • What it means, and how it works, to be a non-profit real estate developer
  • How Catalyst Community Developments Society defines “affordable housing”
  • Advice Robert has for community organizations considering redevelopment
  • The potential future of non-profit real estate development


  • Learn more about Catalyst here
  • Follow Catalyst on Twitter 

On another note, we’re starting to collect denonyms from around the world. A denonym is a word used for the people that come from a particular place. If you know of a good demonym, please let us know. We plan to make a mini episode with some of our favourite denonyms. Grab your smart phone and record a short message with your name, where you’re from and what the denonym is for your city. You can email the file to hello@360degree.cityand we’ll compile these for future episodes.