Urban Design & Sustainability

The Urban Design Compendium: The English Partnerships (2007). A guide for implementing urban design method and methodology in community planning and design.

Nanaimo Urban Design Plan. Lewis N. Villegas (2004). Friends of Plan Nanaimo commissioned a charrette driven urban design plan for the historic centre of their city. Historic dowtown Nanaimo, along with historic New Westminster, are the two best town plans in Western Canada when the human experience of place is taken as the yardstick.

Smart Code Andrés Duanny (2003). A zoning code for the application of urban regeneration principles.

SmartGrowth Toolkit. Lewis N. Villegas, ed. SmartGrowth BC (2001).

Lexicon of the New Urbanism. Andrés Duanny (2000). A compendium of urban design principles and ideas by the leader of the U.S. based urban regeneration movement.

Creating Defensible Space. Oscar Newman (1972). How the design of the urban environment directly affects the sense of safety in our homes and neighbourhood streets.

Vancouver Historical Journal. Maj. Matthews (1960). Seminal 3-Volume compilation of Vancouver’s early history, with many photos, assembled and written by the City’s first archivist, Major Matthews, and published by the Vancouver Historical Society. Major Matthews compiled much of the interviews and photos circa 1930, at about the same time as the Bartholomew plan for Vancouver was completed. Together they provide a very complete picture of the stage of development of the city some 40 years after its founding.

A Plan for the City of Vancouver (1928) Vancouver’s first ever City Plan by Harland Bartholomew and Associates. Although the plan focuses on human-scale development (imagining a city of 1 million people by 1960 without building any “skyscrapers”) and an expansion of the electric streetcar network across the whole city, it clearly signals the beginning of the era of planning cities around the use of the automobile as the primary means of transportation. It strategy for industrial lands proposes to annihilate the historic neighbourhood that had grown up around the Hastings Mill gate, and concentrates light and heavy industry along the most ecologically sensitive area. The shoreline is seen as the interface between industry, manufacture, freight rail, and sea going vessels.