Steven Snell is a professional urban planner and novelist with a master’s degree in urban design. Opinions here are his own.
Being on the street used to be a dance, but not so since the automobile took over. Is there a way for all modes to coexist through a mutual ethic rather than compete for a street’s right of way?
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:00am PDT
The physical requirements for walkability—like narrow streets and wide sidewalks—aren't always enough to compel the activity of walking. How can we reorient toward the primal activity of walking?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 6:00am PST
Human beings are both born and programmed to need open spaces. As our existence becomes increasingly urban, cities and towns must provide the open spaces our natures require.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:00am PST
You’re being monitored. Everything you are is tracked and stored in a data centre. How do you feel about these digital and physical forms of regulation? Do they make you jittery? Do you feel more secure? Are you a wiser consumer?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 3:30pm PST
Biodiversity is not something “out there”, studied in labs, outside of our cities. It is a borderless organism that resists complete solutions to the problems arising in such interconnectivity.
Monday, January 6, 2014 - 9:30am PST
One way to address traffic congestion is to provide a bypass for vehicles around city traffic machinations. Ring roads, by definition, are meant to perform that function. In reality, they ignore the supply and demand model of traffic management.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 8:30am PST
The short-sightedness of overarching proclamations for the right city form obscures the very context in which cities are built and expanded. City planning must become reconnected to its environmental context.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 3:00pm PDT
Some argue that if something is not directly contributing to our public coffers, why protect it? Perhaps it’s worth broadening our understanding of the services – and tax implications – provided by parks.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 3:00pm PDT
Parks have long been likened to "the lungs of the city." But to better capture the totality of parks' role in our urban milieu a more apt metaphor is necessary.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 3:25pm PST
Broadening our definition of parks to recognize their role in preventative health care and promotion will only expand our awareness on how important they are to good neighbourhood design.
Friday, January 11, 2013 - 2:42pm PST