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The Spreading Suburbs

Posted on March 1, 2008
Written by Enid Slack

By now, urban sprawl is almost a dirty phrase among planners. Its negative impact on the environment is well understood—less well understood is how cities are actually subsidizing sprawl through taxes and fees.

Air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, loss of farmland, green space, and natural resources—all of these problems stem, in large part, from the way we’ve planned and built our cities. We know, for example, that compact urban development is more environmentally sustainable than suburbanization [...]

Wall-to-Wall Gardening

Posted on January 28, 2008
Written by Eddie Wu and Ashley Smith

Green technology goes vertical

The practice of planting ivy to climb up the walls of buildings has existed for centuries. Now, the trend towards sustainability and green building practices can lead to the development and use of living walls as a means of filtering and improving a building's indoor air quality. Green walls are [...]

Bill Power

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by Glenn Miller

How Ontario’s Bill 51 Launched a Quiet Revolution in Planning

When Ontario brought in its first planning act some 60 years ago, the goal was to instill some order into post-war growth. This groundbreaking legislation not only set out basic ground rules and responsibilities for directing changes in land use, but was instrumental in launching planning as a professional [...]

Making a Connection

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by Jason Magder

The Windsor-Detroit gateway is just one example of how transportation projects that involve several parties can get overly complicated.

It has taken seven years to get to this point, but Transport Canada says by this time next year, companies will be bidding to build a new bridge linking the cities of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. In between now and then, a lot of preliminary work is needed. The project involves four levels [...]

Talking Heads, Make Sense

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by ReNew Canada Staff

Extras to Todd Latham's closing shot about a recent business mission to Holland that he joined. [...]

Beyond Budgeting

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by Leo Gohier

The benefits of adopting Beyond Budgeting practices

Empowerment of operating managers to make decisions right there and then with limited constraints, in order to meet customer requirements within the context of corporate goal Holds managers accountable Focuses on life cycle costs and performance measures, not budget numbers, to measure progress [...]

AM: The Final Frontier

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by Leo Gohier

Beyond the technical and financial elements of asset management lies a vital third dimension – organizational structure.

The “discovery” of the infrastructure deficit has made asset management (AM) a hot topic, captivating professions from planning to engineering and financial. The amount of material currently being written and presented on the subject leaves the impression that we have all of the solutions at hand [...]

Internal Organization Structures

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by Leo Gohier

Part 2 of Leo Gohier's series on reform in Asset Management.

Part 1 of this series defined assets as existing primarily to provide a service. By extension, asset management (AM) should be focused on service and levels of service, with an appropriate balance of risk management. Focusing on the assets themselves will only perpetuate the status quo, especially if [...]

Watch Your Assets

Posted on January 1, 2008
Written by Leo Gohier

Leo Gohier is back with the third instalment of his series on organizational structures and policies—what he calls the third dimension of AM.

Part one of this series dealt with the need to move towards an externally-focused structure, and presented an alternative reporting structure to city council that would promote this external focus within the organization. This structure, in turn, would provide the proper links between the triumvirate [...]
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