Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach

“It goes without saying that the planning case studies chosen from across the country have been carefully curated for the highest impact and educational value, as well as relevance to today’s pressing issues. This is why the book is as successful as it is…Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach should be required reading for any planning course taught in Canada.”   –Jeremy Senko, Spacing, June 7, 2016

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My edited volume on Canadian planning for Oxford University Press Canada is designed for instructors who teach or study planning in Canada, and for anyone with an interest in urban studies, human geography, or sustainable development. Canadian planners have done innovative work responding to our unique populations and governance structures. This book introduces undergraduate students to planning through the use of case studies focusing on Canadian cities and regions. It gives students an understanding of how projects/policies/programs are initiated, developed, and implemented. Contributors from academic/research institutions and from planning practice (public, private, and non-profit sectors) have presented cases to trigger discussions among students. Cases are organized by the following areas, with some cases crossing sub-disciplines: community development and social planning, urban form and public health, natural resource management, housing, participatory processes, urban design, urban redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure. Because many planners learn from international policy ideas, the case studies are also of interest to planners in other countries.

“…despite the book as a whole being overtly Canadian-focused, the chapters work as standalone readings and provide useful research into a variety of Canadian cases which can individually be of wider interest to international researchers or integrated into planning courses wishing to offer a valuable international angle.  –Rowan Arundel, University of Amsterdam




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