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Examples of this pattern in action:

Since its inception in 1991, the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments has initiated several projects that aim to demonstrate what our neighbourhoods and communities could be like if they were designed and built to conform with emerging local, provincial, and federal policies for sustainable development. Through a series of design charrettes and workshops, the Chair has sought to reveal, then resolve, the often competing imperatives of sustainable development policy.

Cities Feeding People
A community enjoys food security when all people, at all times, have access to nutritious, safe, personally acceptable and culturally appropriate foods, produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just. A combination of hunger in Canadian society, continued degradation and loss of agricultural lands, limited economic viability of small and medium sized farms and a general dissatisfaction with the food system in general has propelled community organizations to action. Excerpt taken from "Urban Agriculture and Food Security Initiatives in Canada: A Survey of Canadian Non-Governmental Organizations" by Jacinda Fairholm.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Congress for New Urbanism

Patrick Condon

Smart Growth BC


Congress for the New Urbanism. Charter of the New Urbanism. McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing. New York, NY. 1999.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Modern Library. New York, NY. 1993.

Krieger, Alex, ed. Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk: Towns and Town-Making Principles. Rizzoli. New York, NY. 1991.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling