From the Project Files: Community Hubs

April 13, 2018 in Community

Cities need to serve diverse communities with diverse needs. For many people, accessing a variety of services in many locations can be a real challenge. Community hubs are an innovative approach to addressing these challenges and help meet the needs of citizens in a community.

According to the province of Ontario: A community hub makes it easier for local residents to access the health, social, cultural, recreational and other resources they need… together in one spot. In addition to providing better access to services, community hubs can also provide places to gather and build a sense of community.

Recently, our team at Intelligent Futures has been exploring examples of community hubs for a project we are working on, and we thought 360° City listeners would like to hear the stories of how some community hubs are helping to serve their citizens.

This podcast is a different format than the usual 360° City episode. You’ll be hearing from three Intelligent Futures team members. Cassandra Caiger is the Engagement Lead, Chad Peters is a Planner and Designer and Jean Roe is the Intern and Podcast Producer.

To learn more about the work that we do at Intelligent Futures, visit our website.

Some of the community hubs that are discussed in this episode include:
The Mount Community Centre
Unison Health and Community Services
Langs Community Hub
Elmwood Resource Centre

Audio clips from the Premier of Ontario’s video Community Hubs in Ontario  and Unison’s video Unison Official.

Thanks to Anne Pinnock and Steve Kylie for making the time to chat!

Music by Sound of Picture.

Life-Sized Living

March 26, 2018 in Community, Transportation

Mikael Colville-Andersen is the Founder and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. He is also the host of The Life-Sized City, a TV show that highlights “pockets of life-sized goodness in cities around the world.”

Some of our favourite cities are the ones that have certain qualities. They’re comfortable – you can easily get around by walking or biking, and the buildings aren’t so massive that you feel insignificant. They’re interesting – there are all kinds of things to see and do.  They’re exciting – there are other people around adding to the energy of the place.

And then there are other places that don’t quite fit this description. If you’ve ever walked on a narrow sidewalk along an eight lane road, you know what we’re talking about. You feel like you’re taking your life into your own hands just by going for a walk. These places don’t consider the needs of actual human beings.

In this episode, we wanted to talk to Mikael, as he is exploring places around the world that are showing how cities can be comfortable, interesting and exciting.


Bringing Back the Bikes

March 12, 2018 in Community, Transportation

Amsterdam has been cited by many as the most bicycle friendly city in the world. Approximately 40% of all the trips in the city are made by bicycle. So many cities around the world are striving to become cycle friendly, so we thought we’d find out more about the Amsterdam story. This week, we talk to Cornelia Dinca about how the city became a biker’s paradise.

Sustainable Amsterdam:

Are Cities for People or Cars?

Historical Photos of Amsterdam’s Streets: