A\J's guide to the sharing economy

Share Now: Your How-to Guide to Getting More and Wasting Less

Sharing is about maximizing the use of products, services and ideas in order to minimize overall consumption by a community. This principle has a surprising number of applications – people can and do share just about anything. It’s also nothing new; sharing books, movies, equipment and hand-me-downs has been common […]

TINY small house documentary review A\J Alternativesjournal.ca


The postwar consumer boom caused a swell in both the number and size of houses, leading to mass-produced homes and the advent of suburbia. The average size of Canadian homes immediately post-war was less than 1,000 square feet; by the mid-2000s it had grown to a peak of 2,300 feet […]

Designing Suburban Futures \ June Williamson

Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb

Suburban sprawl has defined much of the last half century of North American development. Suburban design and use have changed continuously throughout this period and are still evolving as suburban retrofit projects become ever more common.

Out My Window film review A\J AlternativesJournal.ca

Highrise: Out My Window

In the spirit of taking a bit of time to step outside of my busy routine, I checked out Kat Cizek’s multi-award-winning, interactive NFB documentary project: Highrise. Our editor Eric interviewed Kat for the latest A\J and podcaster Emily had a conversation with her. I wanted to see Kat’s view […]

Neighbourhood © cienpies - Fotolia

How to Green Your Neighbourhood

Always eager to learn more about community engagement, A\J attended the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Summit presented by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) at Evergreen Brick Works. The summit began by featuring neighbourhood initiatives within the Golden Horseshoe that are tackling community-scale sustainability issues.