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Urban Places

By tapping the rising demand for urban living, we create plans that add economic, environmental, and social value for every resident...

Stantec’s Urban Places helps clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers. Driven by data and grounded in the marketplace, our plans inspire people. They generate excitement. They respond to stakeholder concerns. And they’re helping dozens of communities across North America chart a path to greater livability, equity, and sustainability. The results of our plans and designs are significant and measurable. When transit-oriented development lifts real estate values, a community gains new jobs and new revenue that can underwrite more affordable housing. When roads designed as complete streets invite people to leave the car at home and walk, bike or use transit, then public health gets a boost and our carbon footprint shrinks. When imaginative design turns a brownfield into a leafy riverside park, or a seawall into an elegant esplanade, quality of life rises and environmental threats become easier to manage. Our urban design team creates places, networks and infrastructure that connect people to place, to prosperity, and to each other.

BLOG: Planning for the suburban retail reset

Suburban malls are struggling across the U.S., but dramatic transformation is still possible...MORE

BLOG: Placemaking for mobility in Boston

Reclaiming streets for people...MORE

ARTICLE: The Road Ahead by David Dixon, FAIA

Autonomous vehicles will not only transform how we get around, but how we design, build, and think about cities. Published in the Eureka! issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine…MORE

BLOG: The emergence of health-focused rating systems

WELL and Fitwel meet growing demand for healthy workplaces... MORE


A new approach to help shoreline communities create ecologically balanced seawalls in a time of climate change…MORE



Watch the recorded webinar and earn Professional Development Credits...


In our monthly Twitterverse Roundup, we compile the best online content related to urban policy, research, design, and analysis...


If you want to talk tiny housing in Boston, talk with Tamara Roy. Click to read the Boston Globe article.

Our Work

From outdated brownfield and grayfield sites to award-winning new neighborhoods, villages, and city centers, we bring to life remarkable, vibrant places that connect the entire community. Our portfolio includes:

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