Ottawa can’t build ’15-minute neighbourhoods’ without ensuring access to healthy, affordable food

Ottawa’s new Official Plan (OP) emphasizes the need to develop 15-minute neighbourhoods throughout the city. But what is a 15-minute neighbourhood and why is this…

June 17, 2022

Bland Ottawa needs a grand vision worthy of a national capital

Ottawa is a city caught for decades in a struggle between what should be the grandeur and charm of a national capital, and the harsh…

June 10, 2022

Op-ed: We can be better than bland, but it will take a coherent vision for our city

In the post-war years, the federal government commissioned the General Report on the Plan for the National Capital, known as the Greber Plan. It established…

May 24, 2022

Design matters for a better ByWard Market

Ottawa’s ByWard Market is in a sad state. Once famously home to food vendors selling local produce, the Market has few or no local vendors…

April 28, 2022

Improving procurement for architectural services

It’s time to change procurement practices for public sector architecture projects in Canada. The current procurement process favours larger firms that can devote more resources…

August 25, 2021

Building Trust: the foundation of respect is see-through

“Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist.” – George Carlin There is something in the Zeitgeist telling us to stop trusting in authority. It’s…

November 16, 2020