Active Neighbourhoods Canada is a partnership of organizations across Canada using co-design towards the goal of creating green, active, and healthy neighbourhoods.
What is co-design:
Co-design, or participatory planning, is an approach to building active, livable cities. Our approach makes city building accessible, community-driven, and fun, and it is grounded in the belief that blending local knowledge and expert knowledge leads to strong outcomes. We work on the neighbourhood scale, and take an integrated view of planning. Land use, urban design, architecture, transportation infrastructure, and placemaking all inform residents’ experience of their neighbourhoods, so we engage professionals across these disciplines. We also integrate a health equity lens, and acknowledge the links between participatory planning processes, built environment outcomes, and public health. Each community has a unique, citizen-driven work plan developed in collaboration with diverse partners, but our participatory planning approach employs common tools and methods available on our project website:
Want more information on the project? Feel free to drop us a line!
Francis Nasca, Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager : fnasca[at]cleanairpartnership.org
Car Martin, Participatory Design Consultant: cmartin[at]tcat.ca