Category Archives: Ideas

Big Ideas, Little Moments

My first column contribution for Metro News Vancouver

Quick post to mark the occasion of the publication of my first column for the Vancouver edition of the daily Metro News newspaper yesterday. I will be contributing an article for the weekly column on the topic of transit, walking and cycling; it appears on Tuesdays. I’m very excited at getting to share my experiences […]

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 […]

Complexifiers and Simplifiers: some necessary nuance

Scott Berkun writes that there are two kinds of people in the world: simplifiers and complexifiers. Complexifiers are averse to reduction. Their instincts are to turn simple assignments into quagmires, and to reject simple ideas until they’re buried (or asphyxiated) in layers of abstraction. […] They take pride in consuming more bandwidth, time, and patience […]

Politics: from the belly of the beast to the depths of our hearts

Friend Chris Demwell passed along Kai Nagata‘s personal, detailed, and insightful blog post chronicling the change of heart and realizations that prompted him to leave his position at CTV News. His post flits between the critical, large-scale, and the intimate, small-scale, in a way that really speaks to me and reminds me of what I […]

The Crowdsourced City: at SFU City Program, and Open Gov West 2011

Some late reflections on The Crowdsourced City, which describes two things: first, it was an event at SFU Vancouver on May 10th; I then repurposed it as the departure point for an unconference I proposed and led at Open Gov West 2011 in Portland on May 14th. CrowdSourced City: the SFU City Presentation This event […]

Conversations in Boston at APA2011 and beyond

I’ve been back in Vancouver for just about 48 hours now — enough time to get a little distance without being too far away from the conversations I had at this year’s American Planning Association conference. While I often look back and think that the event is really intense and overwhelming — especially since it […]

This Blog is for Tracking the Flux

Wherein I angst about writing, this blog, my future job prospects, and the value of failure.

Lessons: Planning and the Spiral Nature of Experience

We’re at the first day of 2011. I’m coming down the homestretch of this journey I started a year and a half ago with this master’s degree. I’ve been here before, and I will be here again. Here are some lessons from 2010 that I’m hoping to carry with me for the relationship between my personal journey and my work.

Bringing Historic Vancouver Maps into the Present and Future

I’m writing this blog post from Vancouver Open Data Hackathon. These are some takeaways from a conversation with Sue Bigelow from the Vancouver Archives. Sue has been interested in the potential applications of Map Rectifier on scans of maps of Vancouver created by the City of Vancouver over the years as part of their work. […]