City Planning Faculty Research Projects
 Age-Friendly Manitoba Communities  
Milgrom Image 2   Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Student Researchers: City Planning Studio students from 2010-2014

The Canadian population is aging and this has implications for how neighbourhoods and towns should be planned. The University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging worked with the Province of Manitoba in developing the Age-friendly Manitoba Initiative (AFMI). It also developed a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) to study how communities could facilitate more active aging. City Planning studios, with finding from the CURA, worked with communities in Winnipeg neighbourhoods and Manitoba towns to provide options about how they might be made more age-friendly. Building on work of the AFMI, the research provided visualization of how environments might be changed over time, and provided suggestions about how services for older adults might be improved.  
    With funding from: Community University Research Alliance / Age Friendly Communities - Active Aging Alliance
 Age-Friendly Regions: Supporting Uneven Growth and Decline
Milgrom Image1   Principal Investigator: Dr. Richard Milgrom

While the population of the province of Manitoba is growing, this growth is concentrated in the Capital Region that surrounds Winnipeg. The overall rural population has remained fairly constant, however, the concentrations are changing - some towns are attracting growth, while other decline. Those areas that are losing population are frequently also aging disproportionally. This situation presents challenges for the province in terms of providing services needed – particularly in times of fiscal austerity. This research is documenting the issues and seeking regional strategies to address the challenges that older adults face in declining centres
    Currently preparing funding applications
 Building Toys - Architecture on the Red Carpet

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Visiting Scholar: Ming Xiao (Jiangsu Institute of Urban Planning & Design)
Partner: BridgmanCollaborative Architecture
Research Assistants: Isabela Araujo do Nascimento, Marina Renosto Gennari and Thiara Oliveira Araújo

The Building Toys - Architecture on the Red Carpet collection of toys, games and books documents a long history of design, collaboration, creation, storytelling, modelling, experimentation, testing, tinkering, making and recycling for those who invent and make such toys, and for those who play with them. The growing collection celebrates ephemeral architecture in a small box. Miniature structures, buildings, entire cities can be erected, demolished and an hour. The child is the architect, designer, structural engineer, contractor and builder, client and guest critic.

  With funding from: Science Without Borders Program (Brazil); Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba; and BridgmanCollaborative Architecture
  Indigenous Peoples, Municipalities and the Emergence of New Urban Planning Contact Zones: The Examples of Manitoba, Canada
 & Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Principal Investigator: Dr. Janice Barry
Co-Investigator: Dr. Michelle Thompson-Fawcett (University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand)
Collaborator: Professor Hirini Matunga, (Lincoln University, Aotearoa New Zealand)
Research Assistants / Masters of City Planning Students: Bradley Muller, Christopher Northcote

Urban planning does not often acknowledge that (post)colonial cities exist on Indigenous traditional territories and that treaty responsibilities might inform contemporary practice. Yet, Indigenous peoples are gaining new opportunities to engage in urban property development through the settlement of land claims. Municipalities are also devising new policies and procedures to support Indigenous engagement and promote greater land use coordination when Indigenous lands are within or adjacent to an existing municipality. This research compares the interface between Indigenous peoples and municipal agencies in Manitoba, Canada and Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores how treaty settlement lands are catalysing new relationships and new points of conflict between Indigenous peoples and municipal planners.

    With funding from: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),
Insight Development Grant
 Selecting the Route: Balancing Development and Equity in Transit Decision-Making
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Principal Investigator: Dr. Orly Linovski
Co-Investigator: Dr. Kevin Manaugh (McGill University)
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Dr. Dwayne Baker
Research Assistants / Masters of City Planning Students: Matthew Robinson, Jeff Hanson

In recent years, bus rapid transit (BRT) systems have emerged as a lower cost public transit option, thought to provide similar development benefits as rail transit, albeit at a lower cost and with added flexibility. While BRT systems may require less investment than rail, they still represent a major public outlay from multiple levels of government and can reinforce existing spatial patterns of segregation and access. With this significant investment in BRT systems, there is the opportunity to improve transportation equity outcomes, including enhanced access to employment, services and housing, in addition to encouraging new development. This research examines how Canadian cities balance the desire for increased growth against improving access for disadvantaged communities in planning for BRT.

  With funding from: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant; University of Manitoba/SSHRC Research Grants Program