Category: Cities

  • An Edmonton Root Beer Opportunity

    An Edmonton Root Beer Opportunity

    Edmonton Has a Root Beer Deficiency In June 2016, the City of Edmonton enacted an Herbicide Ban with the aim to “eliminate non-essential uses of herbicides on city-owned land.” It’s been a year since, and despite the fact that some people are losing their shit, I’m proud of the City for sticking with their decision – going so far as…

  • Nature Is A Verb – Your Parking Spot Wants To Be A Forest

    Nature Is A Verb – Your Parking Spot Wants To Be A Forest

    Nature Is A Verb Imagine a parking lot: hot, grey, dry, and dead. Parking lots are uninteresting, uninviting, and inhospitable to life. And they are turning into forests. Nature is a verb. Even the most meticulously paved asphalt has imperfections. Expanding and contracting with the rise and fall of the sun, asphalt forms cracks. It’s even…

  • School Urban Agriculture Supports Local Food

    School Urban Agriculture Supports Local Food

    Growing Food in Schools To Kickstart Urban Agriculture One of the best ways to kickstart a local movement is to provide early access to training. I saw this firsthand when culinary teacher and Pastry Chef Kelly Hobbs’ culinary students won more than 28 awards between 2009 and 2017. After graduation, a sizable number of them enrolled in…

  • The Nature of Cities

    The Nature of Cities

    Why Cities are Good for the Environment Contrary to our cultural narrative, cities are good for nature. Why? Because cities are natural and governed by the same processes that create ecological systems. In fact, cities may be the most useful tool we have for tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. One study out of Yale University reported:…

  • Gardening in Edmonton

    Gardening in Edmonton

    Tending The Landscape I want to acknowledge the First Nations communities that have long lived and tended the land on which Edmonton stands. From passive actors, Indigenous communities were active participants who managed the landscape in ways that increased biodiversity and tipped ecologies in ways that benefited culturally significant plants and animals. For First Nations…

  • Beekeeping in Edmonton, 13 Steps to Get Started

    Beekeeping in Edmonton, 13 Steps to Get Started

    A Step-By-Step Guide To Beekeeping In Edmonton Since 2014, beekeeping has been permitted within the City of Edmonton, and in that short amount of time, the City’s beekeeping community has steadily grown to hundreds of urban hives. If you’re here, there’s a chance that you’re interested in joining that community. Let me be the first…

  • Why The Magpie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird

    Why The Magpie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird

    11 Reasons Why the Magie Should Be Edmonton’s Offical Bird No other Edmonton resident is more controversial than the ubiquitous Magpie (Pica hudsonia). While many Edmontonians resent its 4 am wake-up calls, many of us find the Edmonton magpie fascinating. It’s the bird that Bird Studies Canada refers to as a “charming and charismatic species…easily recognized by its…

  • The West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace Greenhouse

    The West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace Greenhouse

    Modern Places in a Post-Apocalyptic Edmonton Eutopia One of my favourite things is reimagining mundane spaces as opportunities for abundance. A fun question to ask is, “How would a post-apocalyptic Edmonton reuse this space?” What’s possible here? West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace Greenhouse We’ve all been there: shopping for the holidays, walking from one end…

  • The Hive Next Door -Living Next To 60K Bees

    The Hive Next Door -Living Next To 60K Bees

    When Honeybees Move In You’ve found yourself living next to a beekeeper; now what? Should you be concerned? Will you get stung? Can you expect more honeybees in the yard? Will your flowers and fruit trees be happier? If you’re unfamiliar with bees, it’s understandable that you may have questions about the hive next door.…

  • Bat Bridge: Span The Gap Between Urban and Ecological Design

    Bat Bridge: Span The Gap Between Urban and Ecological Design

    Spanning The Gap Between Urban and Ecological Design What if a bridge could do more than move people from one side to another? What if bridges offered habitats, pest control, tourist attractions, and a boost to the local economy? Then, let me introduce you to bat bridges – a seemingly normal bridge that, intentionally or…

  • The Edmonton Magpie Flag

    The Edmonton Magpie Flag

    Let The Edmonton Yegie Fly! In 99% Invisible episode 140, host Roman Mars discusses the flag design and why many city flags are awful. Shortly after this, Aurora Flags and Banners ran a Colour Your Flag Edmonton design competition to find an alternative to Edmonton’s Flag. 99% Invisible’s 5 Rules for Flag Design How does…

  • Urban Glaciers In A Time Of Climate Change

    Urban Glaciers In A Time Of Climate Change

    In a world where glaciers are disappearing, could northern cities build them? While travelling on Edmonton’s ring road, be on the watch for a mountain of snow – an urban glacier – made from the snow cleared from Edmonton’s city streets throughout the winter. Lasting well into summer, residents have taken to betting on when…