This book reflects the experience of one of Canada's most experienced urbanists. The vast majority of Canadians live in cities, and this trend will accelerate. Yet, discussion of urban requirements, policy and agendas barely registers for many citizens.
In this important book, François Lapointe, a practicing urbanist, provides a distinctive analysis of urban reality and an imaginative and thought-provoking vision of a sustainable, healthy, and resilient urban future.
He asks essential questions: What do we see in Cities? What does it tell us? What do we need to do about it? Cities as crucibles is a challenging read on governance and urbanism.
Preface – Why These Reflections?
Introduction – Why Do Cities and Urban Governance Matter for Canada?
Part I: What Do We See?
Chapter 1 – Changing Cities
Leading Practices: The Canadian Healthy Communities Project
Chapter 2 – Some Emerging Issues and Questions for Cities
Viewpoint: Promoting the Long View
Chapter 3 – The Evolving Context for Cities
Leading Practices: Bio-climactic Urbanism: Profiling the Work of Norman Pressman
Part II: What Does It Tell Us?
Chapter 4 – Key Considerations for an Urban Agenda
Viewpoint: Repositioning Strategies in Urbanism
Leading Practices: Heritage Rehabilitation – The Lachine Canal, Montreal
Viewpoint: Thinking Strategically about Transportation
Chapter 5 – Window on the Future of Canadian Cities
Leading Practices: The Vancouver Experience
Leading Practices: Planning for Future Generations – Canada's Capital Region
Part III: What Do We Need To Do About It
Chapter 6 – Start With a Vision
Viewpoint: Reframing the “Grand Vision”
Leading Practices: Visioning in a Contemporary Context – Hamilton Vision 2020
Chapter 7 – Five Themes for Action
Chapter 8 – Urban Agenda: Connections
Leading Practices: Addressing Contemporary Urban Development Challenges – Profiling the Work of Avi Friedman
Viewpoint: Speaking Truth to Power
Viewpoint: Making Inter-Professional Exchanges Happen
Chapter 9 – Urban Agenda: Resources
Viewpoint: Breaking Down Work Silos
Leading Practices: Creative Urbanism – Toronto Kings Areas
Chapter 10 – Urban Agenda: Generations
Viewpoint: Fostering Professional Succession
Chapter 11 – Urban Agenda: Collaboration
Viewpoint: Leading Intergovernmental Dialogue
Leading Practices: Intergovernmental Collaboration – Western Canada Tripartite Agreements
Chapter 12 – Urban Agenda: Institutions
Leading Practices: Planning First Nation Communities
Viewpoint: Working Collaboratively with Politicians
Chapter 13 – Getting On Canadians’ Radar Screen
Viewpoint: Steering Controversial Initiatives
Viewpoint: Advocating for a Planning Constituency
Chapter 14 – Pulling It All Together
Conclusion – Why Am I Cautiously Optimistic?
Postface – My Ideal Canadian City
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