Creating cities for all

We are a non-profit organization. We bring citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.

WHAT IS 8 80 CITIES?

We believe that if everything we do in our cities is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people.

OUR SERVICES

We don’t do boring.
Work with us. Have fun again!

Our team can help your community’s streets and public spaces thrive.

Unconventional Engagement

Everyone has a voice, we provide the megaphone. Our expertise is in creating unconventional engagement strategies that get people informed, involved, and excited about new initiatives in their cities.

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Idea Labs

Changing cities starts by harnessing exceptional new ideas and taking action. That’s what 8 80 Idea Labs are all about. We will share our knowledge of best practices from cities around the world to generate new and exciting ideas and action plans for your community.

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Open Streets Planning

We are international experts in Open Streets design and implementation. ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. Streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

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Special Projects

We love to break the mold. That’s why we take on Special Projects- these are projects that go beyond our other services. Our Special Projects incubate new strategies and ideas to elevate people-centred urbanism. We develop these projects in collaboration with our partners and clients.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

This is 8 80 Cities in action.

The 8 80 concept is universal. From communities of 5,000 to 5 million, our projects always start at the same place; how do we meaningfully engage people in urban transformation.

“Every city should have a law of two words: pedestrians first”

– Gil Penalosa, Founder & Chair of the Board

Stories & Insights

From the world of 8 80 Cities.

Like cities we’re always evolving! Keep up to date with the latest stories and thoughts from 8 80.

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    A couple of months ago, my colleague David wrote a thought-provoking post about using conferences as a tool to break down silos. While David was referring to (and was rightfully frustrated about) the echo chambers and invisible walls that urban planning conferences tend to create, I wanted......

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    This blog post was first published on the Bernard van Leer Foundation Blog Think about your city. What if the needs of young children and their caregivers were prioritised (not just considered) in city decision making? How would it look different from what it is......

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    The leaves outside are changing, and so is our leadership team at 8 80 Cities. Emily Munroe has left 8 80 Cities and is moving on to new adventures with the Province of Ontario. Anyone who has worked with Emily knows the incredible creativity, passion,......

  • Insight

    A lot has happened since we last updated you on the Colour the Square campaign. A quick recap: Colour the Square was a six-month engagement and awareness campaign to help Celebration Square reach its full potential.  Located in the Town of Whitby, 90 minutes outside......

THE RESOURCE HUB

How can you make change in your community?

We’re working on an exciting new resource hub to help you bring the 8 80 concept to life in your community! In the meantime, explore the Doable City Reader to help you develop practical and affordable neighbourhood interventions in your community.

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