Market Leader – Urban Places

Tom started training as a planner as soon as he learned how to ride a bike and take public transport as a kid, revelling in the freedom these modes of transport gave him to explore and discover how the city works. After a decade with Stantec in Canada, Tom relocated to Aotearoa in early 2018 and now leads Stantec’s Urban Places offering here. The move to New Zealand opened his eyes to the universality of our urban challenges and opportunities, and reinforced the value of approaching planning and design from a holistic and multi-disciplinary perspective. For the past 8 years, Tom has been involved in the regeneration of Blatchford, a former council-owned airport site in Edmonton, into a transit-oriented, mixed-use, and low-carbon neighbourhood for 30,000 people. Since moving to New Zealand he has contributed to comprehensive masterplanning and infrastructure strategies, including the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan, the Milford Opportunities Project, and the Auckland Transport Walking Programme Business Case. Tom is excited about building more resilient and inclusive cities and moving beyond liveability towards truly loveable communities.

Presenting with Nancy MacDonald:

Rising to the Challenge: Reimagining our Communities for Better Outcomes

The events of the past two years have highlighted the struggles that communities across the world are contending with. COVID has disrupted tourism and affected where and how we work, with implications for city centres, transport networks and the role our neighbourhoods play in our everyday lives. Climate action is moving into high gear and governments across the world are grappling with how to rapidly transition transport systems and built form to achieve low carbon environments, as well as build in resilience. Underlying these trends are technological revolutions that are transforming how we live and how we move, and an explosion of data that can be used to enhance our understanding of how cities function. In response, it's time to move to a more outcome-oriented process for planning and designing our cities, putting goals like climate resilience, equity and access, transit oriented development, and more at the forefront and leveraging data analytics to achieve better results. Nancy MacDonald, Stantec’s Director of Urban Places and Smart Cities, and Tom Young, Stantec’s Urban Places lead for New Zealand, will share lessons learned from across the world to illustrate how we can emerge from this period of disruption more prepared and better connected.

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