August 21st, 2019 | 20 mins 2 secs
calgary, cities, city governance, olympics, urban planning
Some thoughts on a failed Olympic bid and what it tells us about the shocking randomness of how we build our cities.
March 6th, 2019 | 24 mins 1 sec
alberta, aviation, calgary, canada, history, mosquito, world war ii
It wasn't supposed to end this way.
March 8th, 2018 | 22 mins 55 secs
calgary, canada, cold climate, plus 15, urban planning
In 1970 the city of Calgary, Alberta embarked on an ambitious plan to interconnect all of its downtown buildings into one integrated network using walkways elevated 15 feet above the street. The Plus 15, as it’s called, has shuttled downtown workers around the core for nearly 50 years to their considerable delight. It’s success, however, has been at the expense of the streetscape below. Some thoughts on the past, present and future of this ambitious project.
June 1st, 2017 | 7 mins 14 secs
calgary, entrepreneurship, innovation, podcast, silicon valley, startup
Societies around the world are struggling with the disruption brought on by technological change combined with other factors. Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been profoundly impacted by the sustained collapse of oil prices and has been forced to reinvent itself. It's usually at times like these local government and business leadership call for us to be 'more innovative' and inevitably comparisons with Silicon Valley are invoked. Sorry folks, it just isn't that easy.