Skateboarding, Sprawl and Carbon Control

The neighbourhood I grew up in, Burlington, Canada was about 1km by 1km. It was a classic mix of 1970’s social housing towers with townhouses and townhouses with public hallways we called ‘maisonettes’. As a kid we used to play on the street.  Right in the middle of it. There were hockey nets, bicycles with […]

Robot Architect

If anyone had told me last year that starting in 2018 I would be using a robot to create measured plans of existing buildings, I would think that either a) they are whackos that over-estimate the capabilities of current technology or b) they must assume that I have unlimited funds to buy such equipment.  Neither […]

Tiny Homes – Are They Legit?

    Tiny homes are everywhere in popular media and the internet, and the meme has persisted for well over a decade now. With click-bait headlines like, “Man Builds Tiny Log Cabin For $500” and “You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home!” we get seduced into believing that if only we had […]

The Eco Trailer Park

WHILE SMART GROWTH AND ECO-DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BECOME PART OF THE MAINSTREAM PLANNING DIALOGUE, TRAILER PARKS DEMONSTRATE A FORM OF SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS THAT ALREADY EXIST.  THE OFT-SNUBBED TRAILER PARK IS PROBABLY THE MOST OVERLOOKED FORM OF SUSTAINABLE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, A TRUE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.  WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM GREEN DESIGN, […]

Reinventing the Trailer Park

In 2009, Lisa Selin Davis wrote for Grist.org, which the Guardian subsequently picked up – article here –  about my vision for a greener trailer park – which I see as the future of suburban development for a number of reasons; the footprint is lighter on the earth, there is no disruption of landforms, infrastructure […]