Alicia Medina

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Alicia is an architectural designer and entrepreneur based in Vancouver currently working on a number of affordable housing projects in Western Canada. Some of her areas of work include affordable housing, the future of industrial neighbourhoods and playful studies on spontaneity in urban environments. She was the co-founder of the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, a three-year project which generated creative solutions to address Vancouver’s housing crisis. While on a two-year… Continue reading


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CAMINA Center for Pedestrian Mobility Studies A.C. is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, with an interdisciplinary team committed to improving pedestrian environments and creating strategies that encourage more people to walk safely, efficiently and comfortably. CAMINA works with both public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, civil associations and with people who interact directly with the urban environment. Continue reading

Tristan Cleveland

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Tristan Cleveland is an urban planner and writer who has worked in Canada, Guyana, and Venezuela. Tristan leads cutting edge research that helps municipalities understand the financial impacts of urban design decisions. He is a research assistant and PhD candidate at Dalhousie University with a focus on the health and financial impacts of urban design patterns. He also leads master planning and research projects across Canada. Tristan is a distinguished… Continue reading

Dr. Elizabeth Dunn

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Dr. Elizabeth Dunn is the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. Dunn is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where she conducts original research on happiness. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, TEDx and The Globe and Mail, among other outlets. Continue reading


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HAO is a multidisciplinary design studio with a focus on physical and digital experiences spanning brand, product and environment. We craft narratives that shape how the world views products and services. Led by Principal/Creative Director Harry Olson, HAO brings a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to convening community through creative work that advances social change, brings civic history to life, and builds community in the public realm. Continue reading