City plan map for Thompson, Manitoba, proposed in student project.

Theoretical clarity, clear research questions, solid reviews of the literature, empirical work and creative analysis are hallmarks of their exploratory work. Ultimately, our graduate students contribute new knowledge to the planning field, give back to the communities with whom they engage, and help to push the boundaries of planning practice and theorizing.

Case-in-Point projects

The Case-in-Points archived here are the products of collaborative case study research, by each student and a professional practitioner, conducted within the context of the capstone Professional Planning Practice course. Especially notable Case-in-Point projects are recognized through a Manitoba Professional Planners Institute (MPPI) Awards Program.

Capstone projects

2020 - 2021

  • Beattie, Hillary MCP
    Planning for Cycling in Small Cities in Western Canada
    Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
    External Advisor: Shonie Madden, Urban Systems
    Extended summary

    Camps, Dominique MCP
    Public accountability in smart city projects: Analysing proposals for Canada’s Smart City Challenge
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
    External Advisor: Laura Rempel, City of Winnipeg
    Extended summary

    Chyz-Lund, Dylan MCP
    Residential densification: An examination of initiatives to up-zone established neighbourhoods in Canadian cities
    Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
    External Advisor: Richard Mahe, City of Winnipeg

    Cooper, Callan MCP
    Planning for Urban Water Sensitivity: Nature-Based Stormwater Management In Canada’s Coastal Cities
    Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
    External Advisor: Chris Osborne, City of Campbell River

    Courchene, Maegan MCP
    Addressing Historically Traumatic Sites: Exploring the Contemporary Use of Former Indian Residential Schools and Sites
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
    External Advisor: Heather Dorries, University of Toronto
    Poster

    Friesen-Hughes, Nikolas MCP
    Prairie City: Challenges, best practices, and opportunities for tallgrass prairie development in Winnipeg
    Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
    External Advisor: Dietmar Straub, Landsape Architecture, U of M
    Extended summary

    Grift, Justin MCP
    Rapid supportive housing strategies: Lessons learned from Calgary and Toronto during COVID-19
    Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
    External Advisor: Lissie Rappaport, End Homelessness Winnipeg
    Extended summary

  • Grover, Michelle MCP
    Placemaking in the pasture: Strategies for growing agritourism in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region
    Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
    External Advisor: Wayne Caldwell, University of Guelph
    Extended summary

    Haj Ahmad, Yasmine MCP
    Infill housing: Increasing residential density and assessing design in context
    Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
    External Advisor: Erik Backstrom, City of Edmonton 
    Extended summary

    Koop, Jayden MCP
    Canadian urban cemeteries: Exploring uses for the living in spaces for the dead
    Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
    External Advisor: Brett Shenback, City of Winnipeg (CentreVenture)
    Extended summary

    Sarbandi, Gisele MCP
    Examining transportation accessibility of recent immigrants in Winnipeg
    Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
    External Advisor: Talatu Shokpeka, IRCOM 
    Poster

    Shogolev, Mishel MCP
    The Gatekeepers of Perception: How Newsprint Media Reports on Urban Issues
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
    External Advisor: Geoffrey Smith, Environment and Geography, UM

    Snider, Aaron MCP
    Politics, car culture and the status quo: Planning for cycling equity in Winnipeg, MB
    Advisor:  Dr. Orly Linovski
    External Advisor: Derek Yau, Translink 
    Poster

    Turim, Anders MCP
    Urban bike tourism in Canada: A trend in motion
    Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
    External Advisor: Jamie Hilland, Urban Systems 
    Extended summary

2019 - 2020

Akhtar Khavari, Ryan MCP
Housing Syrian Refugees in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Susan Radstrom MCP
Poster        Report

Fox, Ryan MCP
Place Authenticity: A study of the transformation of New York City’s East Village from 1960-2010
Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Dr. Carlos Rueda (Department of Architecture)
Poster

Gibson, Christopher MCP
Breaking down Barriers: Affordable LGBT2SQ housing development opportunities for seniors in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. Rae Bridgman; Josh Brandon (Social Planning Council of Manitoba)
Poster  

Ho, Choi MCP
River City revealed: Wayfinding to the Red, Assiniboine and Seine Rivers in Winnipeg Manitoba
Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper;) Stéphane Dorge (City of Winnipeg)
Poster        Report

Iskierski, Dan MCP
Why a Typology is Needed for Urban Planning: Recommendations for how urban planning tools can be adjusted to enable indoor farming in Winnipeg.
Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Karin Kliewer MCP RPP MCIP (City of Winnipeg)
Poster   

Johnson, Brennan MCP
Two-Ways to Revitalize Downtown: One-way to Two-way Street Conversion and its Potential Implications for Downtown Winnipeg’s South Portage Neighbourhood
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; David Patman (City of Winnipeg)
Poster        Report

Laapah, Isaac MCP
Household Energy Billing Through an Equity and Fairness Lens: A Winnipeg Perspective
Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Kerniel Aasland (University of Winnipeg)
Poster        Report

Lacoste, Simon MCP
Financing Mixed-use Developments in Winnipeg
Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Jeff Palmer MCP RPP MCIP (Urban Systems)
Poster 

Messier, Mélanie MCP
Financing Revitalization: How Calgary’s Downtown East Village applied the Community Revitalization Levy
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. Aaron Moore; Johanna Chabluk MCP (CentreVenture)
Poster    

Mojica, Angie MCP
(Re)Visioning Winnipeg’s Chinatown: A critical analysis of settler-colonial revitalization
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Copper
Committee: Dr. Rae Bridgman; Christina Maes Nino MCP (Manitoba Non-profit housing Association)
Poster        Report

Osadick, Brody MCP
Garden-keeping in the City: Incentives and opportunities for greenspace transformation in Winnipeg’s inner city
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Karin Kliewer MCP RPP MCIP (City of Winnipeg)
Poster        Report

Pretty, Kahla MCP
A Full Plate: The Ingredients for Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Addressing Food Sovereignty in Four Comprehensive Community Plans
Advisor:  Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. Rae Bridgman; Byron Beardy (Four Arrows Health Authority)
Poster       

Singh, Santandeep MCP
Non-residential Waste Diversion in a Historic Neighbourhood: A case study of the Exchange District in Winnipeg Manitoba
Advisor: Dr. Rae Brisgman
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Becky Raddatz MCP RPP MCIP (City of Winnipeg)
Poster  

2018 - 2019

Blatz, Samantha MCP
Age-Friendly Canada: Are Our Development Plans Working for Seniors?
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Dr. Verena Menec (Community Health Science)
Poster        Report

Broderick, Daniel MCP
Power Dynamics in Negotiating Multifamily Residential Developments in Suburban Municipalities
Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Gaeten Royer (City State Consulting, Port Moody BC)
Poster        Report

Caporale, Alexandra MCP
Planning for Healthy Communibees: Evaluating Prevalence and Quality of Municipal Support for Native Pollinator Habitat
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Dr. Kyle Bobiwash (Faculty of Agriculture)
Poster       
 
Hallbom, Alex MCP
New Urban Reserves and Indigenous-Municipal Intergovernmental Relations
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Merrell-Ann Phare (Phare Law Corporation)
Poster        Report

Menjivar, Alexander MCP
Environmental Sustainability Through Residential Development: Canadian Experiences on Implementation at the Municipal Level
Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Alan Diduck (Environmental Studies, University of Winnipeg)
Poster        Report

Metalnikov, Anton MCP
Sustainable Street Patterns in the Suburbs
Advisor: Dr. Orly Linovski
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Donovan Toews MCP RPP MCIP (Landmark Consulting)
Poster        Report

Michalczuk, Olivia MCP
Arts-Based Youth Programming: Exploring the Potential for Engaging in Community Development Projects in Winnipeg
Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; tamara rae biebrich (Winipeg Arts Council)
Poster   

Mirriahi, Leila MCP
Downtown Revitalization in Small and Mid-Sized Cities: Lessons from Canadian Cities
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Orly Linvoski; Martin Sandhurst MCP RPP MCIP (SPAR Planning Services)
Poster   

Mogollón, Felipe MCP
The Relationship between Property Taxes and Built Form: Mapping the City of Winnipeg
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. Orly Linvoski; Michael Robinson RPP MCIP (City of Winnipeg)
Poster        Report

Ndhlovu, Butho MCP
Investigating Solid Waste Management for Environmental Welfare in the Red River Planning District, Winnipeg Capital Region
Advisor: Dr. David Van Vliet
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Stephen Walker MCP RPP MCIP (Community Planning Office, Province of Manitoba)
Poster   

Penner, Daniel MCP
Approaches to Creating Vibrant Corridors: An Investigation of South Henderson
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Marc Brown MCP RPP MCIP (Genstar Developments)
Poster   

Rostosky, Zachary MCP
Park-and-Ride Best Practices: Evaluating Recommendations for Winnipeg, Manitoba
Advisor:  Dr. Orly Linovski
Committee: Dr. Sarah Cooper; Bjorn Radstrom (Winnipeg Transit)
Poster       

Sedigh, Salma MCP
How Complete Are Winnipeg Neighbourhoods? An Evaluation Based on Complete Communities Secondary Plan
Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Michelle Richard MCP RPP MCIP (Richard Wintrup & Associates)
Poster   

Treger, Andrew MCP
Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management: A Manitoban Perspective
Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski; Hank Venema (IISD, Strategic Community Consulting)
Poster        Report

Thesis and practicum projects 2018 - 2019

Krystyl Bergen

Planning and Designing Accessible Public Spaces in Canadian Universities: A Case Study of the University of Manitoba

Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee: Dr. Richard Milgrom; Judy Redmond (retired Accessibility Coordinator, City of Winnipeg)

This practicum focuses on the design of public spaces at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the use of universal design standards as a catalyst for a more accessible campus. The research contributes to current thinking about accessible, universal and inclusive planning and design in Canada. This practicum reviews planning documents and the recently enacted Accessibility for Manitobans Act, complemented by design ethnography using moving interviews, and photo mapping, to build grounded insights that lead to new ideas about accessibility planning and accessible campus design in Winnipeg and other cities in Canada.

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Keywords: Accessibility, Barrier-Free, Civil Right, Design Exclusion, Design for All, Disability Matters, Disability Planning, Inclusive Design, Inclusive Environments, Universal Design, User- Friendly

Michael Erlanger

Converting Abandoned Railways to Active Transportation Routes

Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee:  Dr. Richard Milgrom; Doug Corbett (Corbett Architecture)

The proposed research explored the conversion of existing abandoned railway corridors to Active Transportation (AT) routes. This project was inspired by the work of the “Rails to Trails” movement in North America (Ackelson, 1996). A maximum of three precedents (two international and one domestic) were studied. Each of the example projects were in cities that have characteristics similar to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Keywords: Abandonment; active transportation; bike trail; brownfield; connectivity; conversion; corridor; rail; cyclist; infrastructure; planning; railbanking; railroad; railway; remediation; right-of-way; cycling route; winter city

Kalika Hoogstraten

Growing a Rooftop Revolution: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Increased Food Production in Montreal, QC

Advisor: Dr. Richard Milgrom
Committee: Dr. Orly Linovski, Dr. Anita Brule-Babel (Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences).

In the past few decades, environmental and social realities have led to a heightened interest in how food is grown, processed, distributed, and accessed. Rooftop gardens may offer a sustainable solution for underutilized urban space, and supplement access to healthy and affordable food. Montreal, QC served as a case study comparing three buildings with rooftop agriculture; however, this research was also structured to provide lessons and insights on rooftop food production that could be applied more broadly.

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Keywords: Urban agriculture; rooftop agriculture; food security

Breanne Jack

Active Transportation: Children’s Perceptions of the Walking School Bus Program in a Rural Manitoba Community

Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee: Dr. Richard Milgrom; Dr. Joanna Black (Faculty of Education)

A Walking School Bus (WSB) is a group of children walking to school with a supervisor. Providing safe and active routes to school for children to participate in allows them to be physically active while getting to school on time. The WSB Program allows children to be picked up at a designated location, to socialize, be active and to learn more about their community.

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Keywords: children; health; active transportation; city planning

Levan King Cranston

A Study of the Protocol Agreement between the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen

Advisor: Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. Janice Barry (City Planning); James Moore MCP RPP MCIP (City of Kelowna, British Columbia)

Protocol Agreements have been used successfully as an intergovernmental relationship-building tool between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments in Canada during the last twenty years. In British Columbia, the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) and neighbouring First Nations governments created a Protocol Agreement that was signed in 2013.

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Keywords: City planning; Indigenous planning; intergovernmental agreements

Andrew Macaulay

Reclaiming the Winter City: Activating Public Space through Playful Design in Winnipeg Manitoba

Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgman
Committee: Dr. Richard Milgrom; Hazel Borys (Placemakers Inc.)

Winter presents a number of barriers that discourage urban residents from spending time outdoors, with detrimental implications for physical and mental health. This research explores the potential for playful, or ludic, design interventions to activate public space in winter cities as a means to encourage outdoor physical and social recreation.

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Keywords: Activation; design strategies; ludic; ludic cities; pedestrian activation; play; playful design; public art; public space; urban design; urban intervention; winter cities

Lucy Ramirez

Municipal Wetland Conservation and Restoration: An evaluation of context-based policy in Calgary, Alberta

Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
Committee: Dr. Richard Milgrom; Dr. Mary-Ellen Tyler (Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

The Calgary Wetland Conservation Plan (WCP) (2004) is analysed to determine if the plan conserved and restored wetlands in the landscape, by considering the plan context and outcomes and developments in provincial policy, as informed by grey literature; key informants and a focused review of relevant plans. The findings conclude The City of Calgary did not and will not meet its goal of no net loss of wetlands, because it adopted a no net loss approach to wetland management and a mitigation sequence, which prioritizes development.

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Keywords: Context-based approach; Municipal wetland policy; wetland loss; urban wetland; no net loss; mitigation sequence; implementation gap

Meleana Searle

Using First Nations’ Narratives and Oral Histories to Inform Land-use Plans: creating a prototype to aid future planning

Co-advisors: Dr. Janice Barry and Dr. Sarah Cooper
Committee: Dr. William Ashton (City Planning); Dr. Iain Davidson-Hunt (Natural Resources Institute)

Many Canadian Indigenous communities are planning for their Traditional Territories and resource management areas by reclaiming the land-use planning process. This is being achieved through the application of cultural knowledge and governance traditions to the development of long-term visions for their communities and Traditional Territories.

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Keywords: Planning, Indigenous Planning, Land-use plans, Prototype

Breda Vosters

Preserving Low-Income Housing in Winnipeg: The Case of SROs in the West Broadway Community

Advisor: Dr. David van Vliet
Committee: Dr. Rae Bridgman; Dr. Jim Silver (Urban and Inner-city Studies, University of Winnipeg

As Canadian cities face change and growth, low-income housing is becoming increasingly difficult to create and to preserve. Research and observation have demonstrated the affordability of living in many inner-city areas is rapidly diminishing, and formerly low-cost forms of tenure commonly found throughout core neighbourhoods are being replaced by more modern, higher-priced units. This practicum investigates the effectiveness of preserving SROs, primarily rooming houses, in the inner-city area of West Broadway, Winnipeg through a planning and policy lens.

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Keywords: Rooming houses, Low-income housing, Preservation, Community organizations