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Simon O'Byrne
Urban Designer & Planner. Lover of cities, architecture, politics, transit, stats, economics, urban vibrancy and local organic goodness. Opinions are my own.
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Stantec 7h
Just because winter is coming doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy our outdoor spaces. Landscape Designer Adam Fearing says the key is to shield the wind and trick yourself into enjoying the cold:
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Stantec Dec 4
We're excited to share that we've signed a letter of intent to acquire Wenck, a US-based environmental engineering firm with core expertise in air, water, waste, food processing, natural resources, and infrastructure. Learn more here:
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Simon O'Byrne Dec 2
It's hard not to love this and also be envious. Imagine more streets turned into full people-centric places. Who wouldn't want to live, work, play, shop and study on and near this street?
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Simon O'Byrne Dec 2
Replying to @berkie1
I love what you did with the place! Why would you want urban vibrancy and successful local businesses when you can have more parking???
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Simon O'Byrne Dec 2
What cities can learn from the biggest battery-powered electric bus fleet in North America | CBC News
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 27
AI and machine learning enabled a Covid vaccine to be developed in just 2 days in Jan. Since then the slowness is due to human systems needed to determine the efficacy of the vaccine in the form of regulatory frameworks, testing, and safety checks. We need faster systems.
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 27
Replying to @AoDespair
Princess Bride deserves to be in this same rarefied comedy club of movies. Talk about a movie with endless quotable lines!
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isla_rambles Nov 26
Excellent article by . Check out the link in the article to the Park People Winter Grant. What fun will you have in your this winter?
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 26
Replying to @therealyotung
I can assure you that I don’t particularly enjoy watching or listening to myself either. I rarely watch myself and when I do, I cringe. My mental avatar is much better than reality. Watching shatters this avatar.
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 25
I voted for Elks. It allows us to keep the EE and it is also a majestic animal that I warmly associate with Alberta.
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 24
Replying to @barry
As the last big city on the fringe of northern NA, it has a self-sufficiency that permeates the food, arts & culture, sports and economic environment. It strives to relentlessly be a better version of itself as opposed to the foul's errand of endlessly chasing being world class.
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 24
Replying to @barry
YEG has the world’s… best public school system, largest proportionate middle class, best mtn/fat bike network in any city limit, most kms of skating freezeways, and best opportunity for social mobility.
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 24
Replying to @DavidDixonUrban
I agree, but think that COVID and retail and hospitality trends mean that we now need a much larger ratio of people to walkable trade area to sustain local businesses and make them resilient. Perhaps it should be 2-3,000 now?
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Felipe Nov 21
Some examples of recent tactical urbanism in Colombia.
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Brent Toderian Nov 21
“In central Barcelona, 1 in 3 streets will soon become ‘green axes’ that prioritize people on foot & bikes instead of cars. On those streets, 21 intersections will be converted to public squares, so no one is more than around 650 feet from a small park.”
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Jonathan Berk Nov 22
"But our city isn't Amsterdam!" Neither was Amsterdam... 📍Eerste van der Helststraat, 1978 & Today 📸 &
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 19
Is it being recorded? I would love to see it, but I am doing my own webinar on Winter Cities close to that time.
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 18
Please join me, and for a webinar on Winter City Design this Thursday. Click here to register:
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Jonathan Berk Nov 18
Transforming a back alley in Toronto into a winter wonderland, the Sweaters n' Snowflakes Holiday Pop Up is built around dozens of Pine trees, garland, thousands of lights, and burning fires. Enjoy mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate & apple cider. ☃️🎄🇨🇦
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Simon O'Byrne Nov 17
People complaining today would not have survived 5 years of WWII. The restrictions today are tepid compared to what war survivors endured. We need to take care of our community and not just ourselves.
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