Get to know the neighbours: Cohousing experiments in democratic living

IT IS POPULAR today to claim that polity is giving way to tribalism, whether of the partisan or lifestyle-politics variety, making a widely shared understanding of the challenges we face, and the possible solutions to them, feel out of reach. In such a situation it would seem foolhardy to try to invite closed-up people into […]

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Cohousing is an inclusive approach to smart, sustainable cities

The idea that technology will fix complex and systemic problems like climate change, poverty, the housing crisis or health care is simplistic to say the least. We need a radical shift in how we live, and designing for environmental and social sustainability cannot simply be about applying new technologies to our existing models of living. We need […]

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Smart cities include smart communities

I was very honored to be asked to talk at the most recent Chancellor’s Builders and Friends Dinner on October 25, 2018. I was asked to speak about my research into cohousing and it’s relationship to the concept of smart cities. It’s just 3 mins long, so as a person who is, despite my best […]

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500 communities program

I’ve joined the 500 Communities Program, run by Cohousing Solutions. That means I’m joining a growing network of cohousing practitioners who are learning from the most experienced cohousing consultants in North America. This means that people who are in Eastern Canada who are looking to get help from the best… I can help you! We […]

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Eco-Design for Behavior Change: Sustainability is people

This article first appeared in Communities: Eco-Building, (Summer 2018); for further information on Communities: ic.org/communities-magazine-home Eco-Design for Behavior Change: Sustainability is people The notion that technological innovations will save the day as it relates to environmental problems such as climate change and “the Great Acceleration” seems simplistic to me, to say the least, and dangerous when we consider the […]

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Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference 2

Come check out the second Annual Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference March 8-9th at Concordia University. This conference is open to the general public. Admission is free but registration is required.  You can register via Eventbrite here.  On Mach 8th, it takes place on the Loyola campus, and on the 9th it takes place on the downtown campus. I’ll […]

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Upcoming Talk: The Good Fight

I’m going to share some of my slightly more academic thoughts in this upcoming talk. Going to consider the relationship between design, dialogue, organizations and living more sustainably via the example of cohousing in Canada. Yes, it’s a talk full of buzzwords! Feb 16th, 2018 MB 13.101  

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Igniting Sustainability Research at Concordia

Time: January 19, 2018, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m Location: Room 3.430, John Molson Building (1450 Guy) Come hear what’s going on in the world of sustainability research at Concordia! During this event, faculty and graduate students of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre are invited to spend 5 minutes each talking about their work. Presenters include Professors Bengi Akbulut, James Grant, Jochen Jaeger, Monica […]

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