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Why Does Edmonton Need Infill Development?

Since the 1950s, following the discovery of oil in the adjacent area of Leduc, Edmonton has experienced a period of spectacular growth. In just over 100 years, Edmonton grew from a small town into a metropolitan region with over 1.2 million residents. A population explosion, a new civic centre, new subdivisions, and new suburbs transformed the city and the surrounding area. Edmonton became a major centre for the petrochemical industry and expanded its traditional role as a government, educational and transportation centre. We are now starting to experience what I would call a hangover from these cycles of extreme growth... Read the Rest →

 

We Are Edmonton

I often hear people comparing Edmonton to other cities, saying they wish we were more like Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, etc. We are not these cities, we are Edmonton. This kind of comparative mindset is what prevents innovation and good design from flourishing within our unique city. If we are always looking at other cities and wishing we were built like them, we will lose sight of finding our own identity and a built form that is uniquely ours. I’ll be honest here, I understand where this mindset comes from. I... Read the Rest →

 

The latest from RedBrick

Since the last time I wrote here, RedBrick has continued to grow, both in people power and ambition. It hasn’t been an easy two years, but it has been both exciting and fulfilling. We have faced many challenges with each individual project, overcome those challenges and gained a lot of experience as a result. RedBrick is now poised to start our next phase of projects with a strong team, from a foundation of diverse, completed projects and in a better position than ever before. We are currently focused on our... Read the Rest →

 

IDEA – Infill Development in Edmonton Association

Yesterday Paul and I helped launched a little project we have been working on for almost a year, the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA).  This association will promote and advocate for high quality infill development in Edmonton, and work to create opportunities for collaboration between all stakeholders involved in the development of infill.  We invited a number of Edmonton’s biggest infill champions to the IDEA Founding 50 Launch Party at a beautiful home designed by talented local architect Louis Pereira at www.thirdstone.ca.  Everyone had a chance to tour the home... Read the Rest →

 

A bee is never as busy as it seems; its just that it can’t buzz any slower.

                  It has been a busy year thus far, as we focus more and more on building cool stuff.  The first quarter of 2013 has been spent tirelessly working on the Low Density Bylaw changes, and a few exciting projects we have in the works that will be announced shortly. As you probably know by now, the subdivision of 50ft lots in RF2, RF3, and RF4 zones in our mature neighbourhoods has been approved by City Council.  This is very exciting for... Read the Rest →

 

In the media: RedBrick’s first narrow lot design revealed

I was interviewed by David Staples, a columnist for the Edmonton Journal.  We discussed the City of Edmonton’s proposed bylaw changes to allow subdivision of 50ft lots, and how the combination of narrow lots with flexhousing principles will help bring affordable family housing to mature neighbourhoods.  Here is a link to the complete article. Through my involvement with Elevate, the Sustainable Communities Taskforce report, my community league, and the NextGen Committee, I have learned that if we are going to attract young families and next geners to the mature neighborhoods... Read the Rest →