Delivery by design: Intermunicipal contracting, shared services, and Canadian local government

Delivery by design: Intermunicipal contracting, shared services, and Canadian local government

/ Spicer, Zachary Devon. — Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2022.

1 online resource (xii, 149 pages) : graphs, PDF.

The book analyzes components and integration of interlocal service agreements that came into effect from 1995 to 2013 in select Canadian metropolitan areas (i.e., Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Moncton, Saint John and St. John's) in comparison to metropolitan areas in Europe and the United States; explores the rationale for and process for developing shared service agreements and response to the failure of agreements and non-cooperation; and outlines the role of provincial governments in the intermunicipal cooperative process.

 

Dream states: Smart cities, technology, and the pursuit of urban utopias

Dream states: Smart cities, technology, and the pursuit of urban utopias

/ Lorinc, John. — Toronto, ON : Coach House Books, 2022.

1 online resource (286 pages) : PDF.

The first section explores the relationship of cities and city-building technology over time. It covers advancements related to engineering, water and sewage, lighting, and communications technology. The second section focuses on the innovations of smart cities, planning smart cities, harnessing big data in smart cities, data privacy issues and function creep, urban mobility technology, use of artificial intelligence in cities, surveillance concerns, and smart city politics. The final chapters address how technology has transformed the city during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples are drawn from around the world, with particular attention on Sidewalk Labs' cancelled smart city project in Toronto.

 

Managing cities at night: A practitioner guide to the urban governance of the night-time economy

Managing cities at night: A practitioner guide to the urban governance of the night-time economy

/ Acuto, Michele; Seijas, Andreina; McArthur, Jenny; & Robin, Enora. — [Bristol] : Bristol University Press, 2021.

vi, 136 pages : illustrations.

The book explores governance and regulation of the nighttime economy, the role of the public and private sectors, night mayors and night councils. It focuses on case studies of select cities from around the world (i.e., London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Valparaiso and Bogota) but also includes examples from other cities (e.g., Montréal, Toulouse and Zurich). It concludes with eight propositions for governing the nighttime economy.

 

Public realm: The new makers handbook

Public realm: The new makers handbook

/ von Hausen, Michael Anthony. — [Victoria, BC] : Tellwell Talent, 2022.

201 pages : colour illustrations, plans.

The book explores the historical influences and foundational elements of urban public space. It describes best practices and strategies for urban public space design. It highlights resources for designing the public realm and its streetscape to modern expectations of features, structures, uses, equity and accessibility.

 

Rights and the city: Problems, progress, and practice

Rights and the city: Problems, progress, and practice

/ Agrawal, Sandeep Kumar. (Ed.). — Edmonton, AB : University of Alberta Press, 2022.

1 online resource (xxvii, 244 pages) : PDF.

Essays explore how governments and planners have recognized, protected, regulated and advocated for peoples' right to the city, human rights, the right to adequate housing, property rights and the right to free speech in Canada and abroad. Many of the essays consider constitutional protection of these rights in Canada and the role of municipalities.

Supporting shrinkage: Better planning and decision-making for legacy cities

Supporting shrinkage: Better planning and decision-making for legacy cities

/ Johnson, Michael P.; Hollander, Justin B.; Kinsey, Eliza W.; Chichirau, George R.; & Burnett, Charla. — Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2021.

1 online resource (xi, 264 pages) : illustrations, maps, PDF.

The book argues that data and information technologies can support sustainable planning for shrinking and distressed cities and identifies the limitations of data and technology for urban planning. Case studies of three shrinking and distressed U.S. cities with varying characteristics (Fall River, MA; Flint, MI; and Baltimore, MD) review policy responses to address blight and decline and explore how data analytics and decision modelling have been and could be used to support planning for sustainability. Information technologies examined include community engagement platforms, analytics and decision modelling, gamification and simulations, social media, and GIS. The book concludes by discussing how digital community engagement and planning support applications should be designed; the data that is necessary to address shrinkage and distress; barriers to using data analytics, modelling and technologies; and future opportunities.

 


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