Author Archives: Karen Quinn Fung

APA 2013 – Participation & Thoughts on Unconference on Intelligent Cities

Four quick tips for the APA Unconference, some news about my involvement with the APA’s Technology Division, and a side-trip on Evgeny Morozov’s latest work.

Untangling positions from interests in the Uber debacle

Since I first wrote my previous post describing my reactions and thoughts on Uber, the topic has since, as expected, exploded — both across the continent and here in Vancouver. Uber itself has stoked this fire. Since Uber’s business model makes it technically a limousine service, the Passenger Transport Board is requiring it to charge […]

Unpacking Uber’s role in the transportation system and policy

Smartphone-savvy taxi service Uber is the new transportation efficiency tool on the block. What’s the story for the taxis – and transportation system as a whole – that we already have?

Me on Vancouver Transportation in Spacing Fall 2012 issue

TonightOn September 25th, the fine folks at Spacing Magazine will celebrated the launch of the latest issue of Spacing Magazine. As Spacing has done since last year, they publish one two national issues a year with contributions from cities across Canada. I am grateful that the editors extended to me an opportunity to contribute, alongside […]

Today’s Transit, Tomorrow’s Pipeline: Connecting the dots between the headlines

The big story for yesterday was TransLink unveiling their draft 2013 base plan (which TransLink is bringing out for public consultation starting September 20). The gist of it is this: because Christy Clark’s BC government scuttled the Mayor’s Council proposals for drumming up the funds to maintain and expand existing transit services, TransLink is having […]

Urban stories and other thoughts: Digital Storytelling Unconference Vancouver, July 7th, 2012

This past weekend, I attended the Digital Storytelling Unconference at New Westminster’s River Market. In the morning pitch session, I introduced myself, then said I was very glad to hear that the Unconference was being held in New Westminster, and attributed to the revitalization of the Quay and its market as a phenomenon rooted in […]

Re-visiting co-design as participation in planning

Source: Co-Design Group About three years ago, prior to entering UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, I had a chance to attend a demonstration of the co-design method pioneered by architect Stanley King. This article will give a brief rundown of the major activities involved in a co-design process, This will be followed by […]

Reflecting on This Is Our Stop

Last Thursday, friends and local web app artisans Tylor Sherman and Todd Sieling (principals of Denim and Steel) launched This is Our Stop, a web application they have spent the last few months developing and testing. It is a refinement of my original concept of “a Facebook wall for every bus stop” I proposed back […]

#PlannersTweet: Learning how planning and planners use(s) Twitter

Inspired by my friend Raul Pacheco-Vega’s recent use of Twitter to encourage scholars to talk about their research, I’d like to get planning researchers and practitioners talking a little bit about what they get from using Twitter. There’s always been a lot of misperceptions — that Twitter is only for reading headlines, sharing what you […]

A little more about #myresearch

#myresearch looks at how planning orgs have used & understand Twitter for public engagement on sustainability issues. Here’s a little more on what that research is looking at, why I chose Twitter, and what I hope to get out of this research.