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Urban Places

By tapping the rising demand for urban living, we create plans that add economic, environmental, and social value for every resident...

Stantec’s Urban Places helps clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers. Driven by data and grounded in the marketplace, our plans inspire people. They generate excitement. They respond to stakeholder concerns. And they’re helping dozens of communities across North America chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability. The results of our plans and designs are significant and measurable. When transit-oriented development lifts real estate values, a community gains new jobs and new revenue that can underwrite more affordable housing. When roads designed as complete streets invite people to leave the car at home and walk, bike or use transit, then public health gets a boost and our carbon footprint shrinks. When imaginative design turns a brownfield into a leafy riverside park, or a seawall into an elegant esplanade, quality of life rises and environmental threats become easier to manage. Our urban design team creates places, networks and infrastructure that connect people to place, to prosperity, and to each other.

BLOG: Shoreline resilience

The developer sees resilient developments achieving top-of-market pricing, faster leasing, higher renewal, and higher occupancy rates…MORE 

BLOG: Autonomous vehicles and healthcare design

It’s the most disruptive technology of our time – and it will change the way people use healthcare buildings...MORE


Listen to Rod Schebesch’s master talk from this year’s IDA Conference in Winnipeg. He shared his thoughts on how SAVs will change the future of our downtowns…MORE

BLOG: Planning for SAV adoption

Shared autonomous vehicles can support urbanization, inclusion, and improve transportation options…MORE

WEBINAR: Retail is changing

Malls and the areas around them are suffering, yet these sites offer a new era of opportunity. Please join us for our webinar as we explore the opportunities these sites offer…MORE 


ARTICLE: The Next Big Disruption is Here, By David Dixon and Harold Madi

This article first appeared in the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s, Ontario Planning Journal, July/August 2017, volume 32, issue no. 4. Harold Madi is a contributing editor to the Journal…MORE

BLOG: Creating communities from defunct malls

It's time to plan for the suburban retail reset-and it starts by rethinking the traditional mall... MORE

BLOG: Preparing for today’s mobility revolution

Shared Autonomous Vehicles are one of the most exciting new mobility options…MORE

WEBINAR: Protected Bikeways

Gain an insider’s look at what design guidance is provided in the guide and the considerations that helped to shape it as a useable guide for transportation and city planners and engineers across North America…...MORE


In our monthly Twitterverse Roundup, we compile the best online content related to urban policy, research, design, and analysis...MORE

BLOG: Can a city’s downtown be its portal to prosperity?

A $3 billion investment in Water Street Tampa is connecting the Tampa Bay region to the global knowledge economy...MORE

Our Work

From outdated brownfield and grayfield sites to award-winning new neighborhoods, villages, and city centers, we bring to life remarkable, vibrant places that connect the entire community. Our portfolio includes:

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