Putting Ottawa’s Public Properties To Better Use

With a little creativity, government-owned land can help increase affordable housing and enhance our community.   In January 2020, the City of Ottawa declared a housing emergency. Tackling this complex problem requires a range of initiatives. But one of the most accessible strategies involves rethinking how publicly owned land can be used to maximize its value …

How To Achieve A Fair Procurement Process

A level playing field makes for a solid foundation for infrastructure. Procurement, through a Request for Proposal (RFP), is how architects and engineers are hired to design Canada’s infrastructure. This includes exciting new museums and libraries but also the day-to-day infrastructure for offices, renovations, roof rehabilitation, barrier-free washroom upgrades, and thousands of regular projects. But …

Build Us Up: Embracing Social Infrastructure

Our physical infrastructure supports a social infrastructure, which is why design industries need to be involved in those conversations. When people talk about spending to stimulate the economy, governments are often quick to turn to “shovel ready” projects. According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the CanInfra Challenge, we have an infrastructure deficit in the …

How Public Washrooms Make For A More Welcoming City

Creating a welcoming environment is no easy task for small businesses. Finding the right space, fitting up the location, and attracting customers are typically top-of-mind concerns. The old real estate saying, “location, location, location” is very true. If your business needs regular clientele walking past your doorway, you need to be in the right place. …