Closely related to urban density, urban intensity is a qualitative measure that accounts for a city’s coherence, vibrancy, draw and aesthetic features. Intensification advocates for the optimal use of urban space to develop living environments that meet the evolving needs of tomorrow’s city-dwellers, whose influence is already being felt in the commercial and residential real estate sectors today. Proponents of intensification stress innovation, functional diversity, and public and private synergy as means to develop environments where economic interests and individual well-being can coexist.

The UDI aims to leverage urban intensification to sustain thriving, vibrant urban centres where people learn, work, grow and play. To that end, the Institute has established four key pillars:

1) COOPERATE

In terms of urban intensification, cooperation entails the real estate sector’s active involvement in urban planning and development consultation processes enacted by cities. Open lines of communication between city-dwellers, elected officials, public authorities and developers must be established to facilitate constructive dialogue. The real estate sector plays an integral role in the revitalization of downtown Montreal and Québec, and such dialogue will ensure effective stakeholder knowledge sharing as we shape the cities of tomorrow.

2) STREAMLINE

Effective infrastructure requires accessible, high-quality public transportation systems, road networks and active transportation options. Studying user habits will help us develop viable solutions to transportation issues and build vibrant urban centres that are seen as practical, attractive living environments. Transferring a greater modal share of car use to alternate modes of transportation will simplify access to and from the downtown core, while also improving traffic flow and efficiency. Urban intensification means facilitating travel by prompting a collective discussion on our relationship with mobility itself.

3) INTEGRATE

Integration increases a city’s appeal by fostering functional diversity in spaces conventionally dominated by sectors in the knowledge and tertiary economies, and by implementing urban quality criteria from the earliest phases of global strategy and development planning. Special attention is paid to common areas and architecture; heritage features are safeguarded and showcased. Drawing and retaining new city-dwellers requires an extensive, diverse local service offering, which can be expended by re-imaging city living and promoting it to new population segments.Turning economic centres into appealing, sustainable living environments means seeing neighbourhoods through a different lens.

4) CONNECT

While integration aims to achieve functional variety, connecting means making cities appealing to households of varying sizes and incomes. A wide range of residential options must be offered in order to ensure the urban intensification process is sustainable. It will be essential to develop innovative solutions to high land prices and encourage urban centres to focus on accessibility issuers pertaining to jobs and services (essential, cultural, institutional, leisure, etc.)

 

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