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Our Work

Browse through our published reports, guides, and our favourite books related to placemaking and public spaces.

Guides & Reports

Our Resources

Take a look at our visual resources to build understanding around key placemaking issues. We cover topics such as equity, sustainability, and more.

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Public Spaces & Women

Cities are not gender neutral, but they were planned that way. To make cities truly equitable, we must collect gender-disaggregated data, encourage varied perspectives in the planning process, and focus on designing spaces that work for all people.

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Pedestrianized Streets

Pedestrian-only street initiatives are global movements towards cities that are healthier, more sustainable and community-focused. Car-free streets have many benefits to individuals, businesses, and communities.

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7 Ways to Make Your Event More Sustainable

Check out this resource with tips on hosting sustainable events. It's a useful guide for both large and small organizations!

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10 Areas to Prioritize in Future Urban Planning

In the 2022 Squamish's Public Spaces Survey Report, OurSquamish identified 10 areas to prioritize in public space planning, for now and in the future. This infographic summarizes these 10 areas to prioritize and can be used as a visual resource to inform public space planning.

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Healthy Communities

This visual pulls information and recommendations from The Case for Healthy Places report. It shows five key attributes of a healthy community, plus various recommended placemaking strategies within each category that can be implemented to improve health outcomes.

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 Resource List

Interested in delving deeper into one of these topics? Or perhaps other placemaking topics? Check out this list of resources we put together to help you with your learning! 

In the News

In the News

OurSquamish in the news: see below for articles published about our work in the community.

Watch for the Placemaking Society’s free bike valet at Open Street Day July 29.

Jennifer Thuncher, The Squamish Chief, 07/24/2023

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The tour, inspired by the Jane's Walk movement, led the group through various public spaces in the downtown area.

Andrew Hughes, The Squamish Chief, 09/10/2022

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OurSquamish spearheaded the project, with funding from the District of Squamish and the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association, among others.

Steven Chua, The Squamish Chief, 07/20/2022

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More bright and inviting benches will soon be popping up around town thanks to students at Howe Sound Secondary. The students worked with art teacher Nathalie Boisvert on the OurSquamish project to paint the 10 benches. 

Jennifer Thuncher, The Squamish Chief, 03/11/2022

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Placemaking society works to improve spaces for all and requests feedback on what you want to see in public areas around town.

Jennifer Thuncher, The Squamish Chief, 09/21/2021

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Many people are drawn to Squamish because of the trails, the crags, or the water; nature’s public spaces in Squamish are some of the best in the world. However, we believe urban public spaces in Squamish could be better.

Cameron Cope, The Squamish Reporter, 09/19/2021

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For the Squamish Wind Festival this year, the Squamish Arts Council partnered with OurSquamish — a non-profit that aims to enhance public spaces — to add to our functional local public art and showcase 10 Sea to Sky artists. 

The Chief Staff, The Squamish Chief, 08/23/2021

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The non-profit OurSquamish installed a new "parklet" at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Winnipeg Street as its fourth and largest public seating project. The angled bench "acts as an extension of the sidewalk" [...]

The Chief Staff, The Squamish Chief, 03/12/2021

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If you’ve noticed and appreciated an extra pop of colour on Eagle Run Drive, you can thank the OurSquamish Placemaking Society.

Dan Falloon, The Squamish Chief, 09/11/2020

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More Resources

Resources to inspire or research your placemaking ideas. Here are some of our favourite websites on placemaking, public spaces, transportation, and healthy and inclusive cities.

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Squamish 2040 OCP

The Squamish2040 Official Community Plan (OCP) is the overarching vision and guiding document for the future of Squamish. It provides direction for change and development in the community over time. 

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The District of Squamish Master Plans & Strategies includes relevant materials and bylaws on public spaces and transportation in Squamish.

District Master Plans & Strategies

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Project for Public Spaces

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) brings community-powered public spaces to life through placemaking and offers resources to learn more about placemaking and public spaces.

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The Pandemic Recovery Toolkit for Local Communities provides examples of programming and interventions, as well provides advice on how to use inclusive process for rapid placemaking.

Rapid Placemaking to Bring Back Main Street

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Healthy Homes & Healthy Communities

This website helps individuals and groups better understand the many important factors that shape our opportunities to have healthy homes and healthy communities.

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Women in Urbanism

A women-led community working to transform Canadian cities into more equitable, enjoyable, and sustainable places for everyone.

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PlacemakingX is a cooperative network initiated by a network of placemaking thought leaders from all over the world. 

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8 80 Cities

8 80 Cities is a non-profit organization that brings citizens together to enhance mobility and public space to create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.

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Park People

Park People helps people activate the power of parks to improve the quality of life in cities across Canada.

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