Development & Density

March 4, 2019 in Business, Community, Design

Developers play a key role in shaping the landscape of a city. Often times, however, when we talk about the future of our cities, the voices of the folks that build the places we live, work and play aren’t considered. And that includes this podcast to date. So, we wanted to fix that.

In many North American cities, residential development has created a city that continually sprawls outwards. This has been the case in Calgary, where the City is not constrained by many natural boundaries that limit growth. New communities featuring auto-oriented development with primarily single-detached homes, winding roads and grassy lawns are still very common.

Despite the historical trend to build out instead of up, some developers are re-shaping existing neighbourhoods by designing higher density homes in existing communities. Today, we wanted to talk to a developer who is focussing on thoughtful inner-city development.

Alakarim Devani is a co-founder of RNDSQR, a Calgary-based inner city urban residential development company.

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Citizen Science in the City

February 19, 2019 in Environment

People often think about cities as being separate from nature, but the reality is that cities are intimately connected to the natural systems that support life. There’s a concept called ‘ecological services’ that is worth understanding when we think about our cities. Basically, ecological services talk about the activities that naturally occur in nature – for example a wetland naturally cleans water; a tree naturally cleans the air – all for free. As more and more people move to cities, it is important to continually improve how we integrate our natural and urban systems. With all that in mind, we wanted to talk to someone who understands the relationship between natural systems and cities. Danah Duke is the executive director of the Miistakis Institute.

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Cultivating Community through Creativity

February 4, 2019 in Art & Culture, Community

“The artists musicians and designers, they make the city colourful. And they bring life to the city. And even if you don’t think you like art or music, you probably do, and you probably enjoy those type of people in your city, because they really create that culture and create that community.” – Angel Guerra

In 2018, Market Collective celebrated their 10 year anniversary. A lot has changed for the company since their humble beginnings in 2008. John talks with Angel who has been running this Calgary-based artisan market since day one. Angel, along with co-founder Angela Dione, decided to chip in $50 each to launch Market Collective together. The result? In the last three years alone, the markets have generated $5 million in sales for local artisans and artists.