Antonio Gomez Palacio is a founding partner at DIALOG and was one of the speakers at the CanaData Construction Industry Forecast Conference, held on September 22 in Toronto.
Palacio examined efforts across Canada to refocus urban design and planning on people and their needs, whether it is creating livable spaces or emphasizing public transit.
He added that while it is important to create new infrastructure and upgrade current structures, the "why" of infrastructure is also important. Keeping in mind who the infrastructure will serve will add to its value, Palacio said.
Palacio also pointed to several different projects across the nation, including Granville Island in Vancouver and Edmonton's new arena district as large scale efforts designed to create a balanced urban environment for city dwellers.