Hi, my name's Brian, and my life's work in transportation is dedicated to the humble street. With a burgeoning urbanism in Vancouver and across Canada, I'm hardly alone - and for good reason: streets, long under-appreciated in North America, are the majority of the public realm we come in contact with on a daily basis, containing the pavements, trees, furnishings, and facades that are the building blocks of a vibrant public realm.

In following this thread of inquiry, I've built a multidisciplinary background including studies and work in civil engineering, city planning, journalism, urban design, public policy, landscape architecture, and urban forestry. I've collaborated across these disciplinary boundaries and more, whether for professional practice, academic research, municipal governance, or transport advocacy.

This thread has brought me to Vancouver, first to explore the urban landscape with Spacing Magazine, and now to help set the City's sights higher and farther ahead in the new transportation plan. My goal in the coming years is to put this high level vision into practice to build streets that put people first.

This isn't all I've been up to lately. In the last few years I've completed my MCP at the University of California, Berkeley, honed my urban design techniques in two studios, worked for a transit agency with a service area population of 1.5 million, developed a spreadsheet to portray the US passenger transportation system and project emissions to 2050, studied (and mapped) how bike lanes and other facilities affect route choice, and wrote a weekly freelance transit column, among other things.

My resume is available below, and as a pdf. (Click to Expand)

Among my projects for Spacing Magazine/Spacing Vancouver are a growing series of short documentary montages on recent interventions in Vancouver's public realm; a piece on Urban Pasture/Pop Rocks/Hot Tubs/VIVA Vancouver 2012 is currently in the works. A sample magazine article can be found as a jpg. (Click to Expand)

This study of the influence of bicycle facilities on route choice investigates the built environment surrounding a popular grocery store for bicycle riders. (Click to Expand)

Intermediate cyclists are found to be the most likely to seek facilities, especially when carrying heavy loads and when the street grid supports their use.

Media/Software: ArcGIS, Excel, SPSS, Illustrator, InDesign

This project, part of a transportation studio for a street in Berkeley, CA, proposes 370 new housing units over a subway station's recessed parking lot (a literal hole in the urban fabric). (Click to Expand)

The existing flea market would be retained with semi-permanent market infrastructure, and the subway entrance would be moved from over a precipice to the centre of a new plaza.

Media/Software: Hand Drawings (Marker), SketchUp, Synchro, SimTraffic, Excel, AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign

The clash of street grids and confluence of neighbourhoods help create a new public square where Union Street meets a realigned Expo Boulevard. (Click to Expand)

The shift puts the SkyTrain guideway to the inside of the development parcels, creating a well-defined axis along Expo and supporting secondary frontages along the Dunsmuir Viaduct Greenway (the Georgia Viaduct is completely removed). The resulting multilevel Union Square is uniquely suited to pull the city together.

Media/Software: Synchro, SimTraffic, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign

The Praca de Lisboa currently suffers from the aftermath of a failed modernist incursion (an introverted and bankrupted shopping plaza) in Porto, Portugal's historic centre. (Click to Expand)

This ideas competition entry proposes a series of small, vital public spaces - fanciful, yet in keeping with the area's fine grain and character.

Media/Software: Hand Drawings (Marker, Coloured Pencils), AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign

The first two boards show central San Rafael, CA, and its recreational species, bayland habitats, and urban forest canopy. The third board includes a diagrammatic assessment of the existing transportation conditions and proposed treatments. (Click to Expand)

The fourth board illustrates the proposed street network revisions to redevelop an auto-dependent strip mall with a mix of uses that embraces rather than ignores downtown and the canal.

Media/Software: Hand Drawings (Marker, Coloured Pencils), ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Map layers showing medieval Copenhagen at various scales and in various dimensions. (Click to Expand)

Media/Software: AutoCAD, SketchUp (Originally printed on semi-transparent layers)