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Ever Curious: David Adam Braun

The qualities that make a good Young Leader are eagerness to learn, openness to change, and commitment to improve the environment for everyone – with these words, an image of David Adam Braun is...

Urban Planning – “It’s Not Hard Science”

With so many interest groups all wanting representation in the decisions that form our living cities, it isn’t easy getting it right. There will be those who are unrepresented, those involved but who do...

CityChanger Florian Lorenz: A Perfect City Is an Unfinished One

Urban planning can no longer be business as usual, and cities need to allow for the necessary innovation to tackle the world’s environmental problems. We talked about these topics, among others, with Florian Lorenz,...

CityChanger Jennifer Keesmaat: An Unconventional Urban Planner

What do a liberal arts degree, a congested street, and the City of Toronto have in common? They all link back to our CityChanger Jennifer Keesmaat, an unconventional urban planner. We sat down with...

CityChanger Lior Steinberg: A Different Kind of Human

Why are we obsessed with success and fearful of failure? Often, it’s the unexpected trials and tribulations that provide the most valuable learning opportunities. Lior Steinberg is a rarity: with so many irons in...

Bringing Homes to Life: How to Green Your Walls

Greening your walls just may be easier than you think. We have gathered guidelines, recommendations, costs, benefits, and everything you need to consider in this compact, easy-to-follow guide. Whether you’re a lover of vegetation or...

How to Revitalise Cities: Doughnuts in Urban Development

Urban development isn’t always about the brand spanking new. It’s all well and good to build new modern constructions, but it’s even more essential to give those run-down, if not abandoned areas some love...

CityChanger Tony Matthews: With Passion for Cities and Climate Adaptation

From working in urban and environmental planning, producing shows about cities, to researching and teaching, Tony Matthews has positively impacted the field of urban climate adaptation in many ways. What follows are his reflections,...

Communicator and Collaborator: Andrew Amos

Great communication, determination, vision, curiosity, and eagerness to learn are all qualities that make up a good urban planner and a CityChanger. Qualities that this Young Leader possesses without a doubt. As an Urban Designer...

From Architecture to Urban Planning: Shweta Gandhi

From a naïve 19-year-old architecture student to working on government projects and helping achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Shweta Gandhi has already gathered a multitude of experiences. We spoke to this Young Leader...

How to Include Greenery in Strategic Planning

Everyone wants some sort of a green nook in their city. A place to relax, cool down and simply enjoy the fresh air. Perfectly fine, but the problem occurs when cities are too dense,...

The Life-Sized City x CityChangers.org: Luc Ferrandez, Montréal

How did Projet Montréal emerge from the neighborhoods to being a dominant, city-wide political force? How can we acknowledge the value of public space? And how does this go hand in hand with gentrification? Life-Sized...

The Life-Sized City x CityChangers.org: Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto

Did you ever wonder about how much of city planning is actually planning, and how much is fixing? How do you plan for the fastest-growing city in North America and re-design streets for pedestrians,...

How to Build a City for Women – and Why Cars Take a “Back Seat” in Feminist Urban Planning

Have our cities really been built with gender bias in their design? How did this happen, what does a "feminist" city really look like, and how can a female perspective in urban planning be...