Ideology in Canadian municipal politicsIdeology in Canadian municipal politics

/ Lucas, Jack. — Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2024.

1 online resource (x, 141 pages) : graphs, PDF.

The book analyzes the ideological policy preferences of municipal elected officials and residents, the ideological vision of local elected officials in relation to left–right ideological positions, the electorates' embrace of non-ideological politics at the municipal level, the alignment of local elected officials' ideological positions with their constituents', local elected officials' knowledge of the ideological positions of their constituents, and voters' consideration of ideological positions in municipal elections. The author argues that Canadian municipal politics is ideological in nature, structured along a left–right continuum.


Minimum maintenance standards for municipal highwaysMinimum maintenance standards for municipal highways

/ Painter, Charles. — Toronto, ON : LexisNexis Canada, 2023.

xiv, 132, 1, 6 pages : illustrations.

The book reviews the history, development and purpose of Ontario's Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways, amendments to the regulation, and the decision of the Court and local government's liability in claims of negligence in the duty to maintain municipal highways. It also offers practical advice for documenting work and decision making to mitigate risk and ensure that there is evidence for trial.


Resilient building retrofits: Combating the climate crisisResilient building retrofits: Combating the climate crisis

/ Sayce, Sarah; Wilkinson, Sara J.; Armstrong, Gillian; & Organ, Samantha. (Eds.). — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2023.

1 online resource (xi, 215 pages) : PDF.

The book explores the rationale for retrofitting the building stock (e.g., need to reduce the carbon emissions of the built environment, improving resilience of the built environment, and vacant office buildings after the COVID-19 pandemic); solutions for updating the building stock (e.g., government policy, financing retrofits, technological solutions, adaptive reuse and lessons from historic buildings); and a manifesto to decarbonize the building stock.


Rethinking urban green spacesRethinking urban green spaces

/ Konijnendijk, Cecil C. — Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 2024.

1 online resource (176 pages) : PDF.

The book explores contemporary roles and use of urban green space, green space management, transforming green spaces, changing green space governance, planning and integration of urban green spaces, funding for urban green spaces, and new green space concepts (i.e., street woods and urban groves).


Street-level architecture: The past, present and future of interactive frontagesStreet-level architecture: The past, present and future of interactive frontages

/ Kickert, Conrad & Karssenberg, Hans. — New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2023.

1 online resource (vii, 211 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps (some colour), PDF.

The first part comprises case studies exploring patterns and driving forces of frontage deactivation, as well as designs and policies to reactivate eye-level street-level architecture, over time in the urban cores of four cities: Detroit (U.S.), Birmingham (UK), The Hague (the Netherlands) and Vancouver (Canada). The second part identifies key lessons regarding the social, economic, technological and architectural forces and processes driving changes to street-level architecture. It recommends strategies to preserve, revitalize and develop successful commercial storefronts and to transform ground floor spaces for uses other than commercial, including design suggestions for residential reuse, so frontages are interactive.


Sustaining a city's culture and character : principles and best practicesSustaining a city's culture and character : principles and best practices

/ Wolfe, Charles R. & Haas, Tigran. — Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

1 online resource (xx, 263 pages) : colour illustrations, PDF.

The book explains through examples the LEARN (look, engage, assess, review and negotiate) approach to understanding the local context of a place so planning might sustain urban culture and character as well as for detecting change. It covers natural (e.g., climate change), market and global forces, and technological drivers of change; using context keys in local solutions; and the principles to sustaining culture and character. Examples are drawn from Sweden, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.


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