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Open During Construction

27 EpisodesProduced by Muneef Ahmad, Michelle Berquist and Rob MuirWebsite

Conversations about City-building at the intersection of planning and engineering. Michelle Berquist, Rob Muir and Muneef Ahmad reflect on stories behind-the-scenes of "Plangineering" projects.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Autonomy (Part 2 of 2)

April 9th, 2020


The Plangineers engage experts Sven Beiker and Gary Hsueh to explore the world of autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Sven Beiker is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility

Gary Hsueh is Director of Mobility Programs at 

Autonomy (Part 1 of 2)

April 9th, 2020


The Plangineers engage experts Sven Beiker and Gary Hsueh to explore the world of autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Sven Beiker is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility

Gary Hsueh is Director of Mobility Programs at

Indy Johar talks Future Cities Canada

August 31st, 2019


Indy Johar, Visionary, is co-founder of Project 00, Dark Matter Labs, as well as multiple social ventures in England. While doing all of this, he …

Olivia Labonte talks Future Cities Canada

May 6th, 2019


Olivia Labonte, Executive Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, talks about grassroots youth engagement.

Olivia, an economist with a passion for global youth advocacy and sustainable cities, distills ideas from the …

Derek Ballantyne talks Future Cities Canada

April 5th, 2019


Derek brings his extensive experience in the development and management of housing to answer our questions on the topic. We talk about the merits of …

Fang-Jui Chang talks Future Cities Canada

March 22nd, 2019


Fang shares insights from her experiences leading workshops and meetings that aim to tackle diverse social issues. The aim of her work is to deal …

Claire Hicks talks Future Cities Canada

February 26th, 2019


Claire Hicks, Program Manager for Future Ready at WSP Canada, shares successes in sustainability.

Future Ready is WSPs global innovation program, encouraging staff and clients to see the future more clearly and design …

Leah Lawrence talks Future Cities Canada

February 10th, 2019



Leah Lawrence is a lifelong advocate for engineering, entrepreneurship and the environment. The President and CEO of Sustainable Development …

Geoff Cape talks Future Cities Canada

January 15th, 2019


Geoff Cape, is the founder and CEO of Evergreen. Since being founded in 1991, Evergreen has evolved into a national organization focused on

Desmond Cole talks Future Cities Canada

December 18th, 2018


Desmond Cole, award-winning journalist, activist and author, speaks to the Plangineers on the heels of his opening keynote at the Future Cities …

Future Cities Canada Summit

October 31st, 2018


Jo Flatt, Senior Lead of Policy & Partnerships at Evergreen speaks to us about the Future Cities Canada Summit.

Future Cities Canada is a new …

Bloom Where You're Planted

September 26th, 2018


Alex Lenarduzzi, Water Resources Engineer at Conservation Halton shares her thoughts on the role of the natural environment and how it co-exists with …

From the Archives: Good or Good Enough?

August 28th, 2018


In our second episode ever, “Good, or good enough?” Michelle and Rob discuss how paradigms were broken for the revolutionary Deep Lake Water Cooling …

The Onion of Discontent

July 24th, 2018


The Plangineers talk about the illusions and realities of public consultation.

Rob explains the methods by which we gather and consider various …

We're All Settlers

June 26th, 2018


Sheila Boudreau, Senior Landscape Architect at Toronto & Region Conservation Authority, shares stories of teaching, engaging and opening up opportunities for indigenous youth.

Sheila speaks to us about:

How her …


May 1st, 2018


The Plangineers, Michelle & Rob, share how their professional fuel often comes from outside their professional lives. We talked about:

Voracious reading

Understanding people

How Ray Dalio's "Idea meritocracy" …

Rules of Engagement

March 27th, 2018


Helen Noehammer, Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Planning at the City of Mississauga shares her take on pink-handled tools and how …

The People's (Food) Court

February 6th, 2018


Lesley Pavan, Director of Design and Development at the City of Mississauga shares her insights into the lifestyle choices on offer in the rapidly urbanizing city where she both works and lives.

Lesley speaks to us …

Power to the Sheeple

January 2nd, 2018


The Plangineers talk about ingrained falsehoods and the challenge of living up to our professional duty

Factual review of engineering data is found here relating to the fact that storm intensities have not increased

Like Millenials

November 14th, 2017


A “Millenial” is defined as someone born between 1981 - 1997. Our Millenial Planner, Michelle, and Gen X-er Engineer Rob, share their perspectives on the topic of the “Millenial experience,” and challenge the current …

The Day After Tomorrow?

July 16th, 2017


The Plangineers talk about how the input of technical experts can help round out storytelling to add the "why" to the "who cares?"

(Sorry for the confusion in the intro...this is actually episode #5, you're right.)

ArtWorkX re-cap

June 4th, 2017


Check out what went down at ArtWorkX by clicking here

Dancing About Infrastructure

May 8th, 2017


Episode #4: Dancing About Infrastructure

Michelle and Rob reflect on the artistry that reveals our invisible services and why these reminders are an important part of our urban existence

Talking about music, is like …

A Woman's Place is in the...

April 8th, 2017


At the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Ontario, we ask is there a "woman's place" in the Plangineering space?

Ontario became the fifth province in Canada to grant women the right to vote on April 12, 1917. …

Good or Good Enough

March 13th, 2017


Episode #2: Good, or good enough?

Michelle and Rob, our Plangineers, discuss how paradigms were broken for the revolutionary Deep Lake Water Cooling …


February 7th, 2017


In the debut podcast, Michelle and Rob talk about what inspired them to urban planning and engineering and why the bridge between their practices is shorter than we think.

This month, we talked about:

Urban dictionary …

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