Transit-Oriented Development: Learning from International Case Studies (2020)

Published by Palgrave MacMillan as part of their Pivot series, this book uses international case studies to present insights on the policies, actors, and institutions that are critical to successful transit-oriented development (TOD). TOD has many potential benefits for cities and regions, and is considered a critical element in reshaping sprawling car-dependent urban regions into denser regions built around transit corridors. However, it is not a magic bullet solution for metropolitan transportation problems: challenges persist, such as displacement of local residents and regulatory barriers. How has TOD been successfully implemented? How can we integrate the positive aspects of TOD while minimizing its negative impacts? 

Transit-Oriented Development: Learning from International Case Studies presents research conducted by Luca Bertolini and I at the University of Amsterdam, exploring 11 international case studies, including a meta-analysis, rough set analysis and policy transfer workshops. The authors discuss the findings and present solutions to persistent challenges to transit-oriented development. Additional literature on eTOD (equitable TOD) strategies, as a fundamental component of planning for regional transportation, shows that these approaches can result in more collaborative processes, community-led development that minimizes the negative impacts of transportation infrastructure. As our Dutch colleagues stated, TOD can be considered a policy concept that can be used as a story to unite people. Our book was launched in September 2020, and by December it had sold 370 copies, by January 2021, 500 copies and by February 2021, 600 copies. As of May 2023, we have sold over 3,600 copies: Summary of e-book downloads

The book was translated into a Chinese language edition in 2022, and you can find copies in 191 libraries around the world.

Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach (2016)

Published by Oxford University Press Canada, the book 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. It 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.

CIP President Eleanor Mohammed with Tim Shaw, me, Penny Gurstein, and Silvia Vilches. Tim, Penny and Silvia are chapter authors who were present when the book received the Award of Merit

Need more proof that the book is perfect for your course? Jeremy Senko, who reviewed the book for Spacing, wrote, “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.” The book won the 2017 Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Merit for Planning Publications.

The jury believes that this textbook is a substantial pedagogical tool and introduction to planning in Canada and that Planning Canada will ignite the passions of future planners for years to come.

–Canadian Institute of Planners website

Even if you don’t teach in Canada, many planners learn from international policy ideas, so the case studies can provide a valuable source of planning processes, techniques, and practice for comparison with those in your own cultural and legal context.

…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

Part One is interesting because of the many characteristics of Canadian planning which are parallel to those of the discipline in Australia and New Zealand…Several case-studies stand out in terms of possible contribution in an Australian context.

–Johanna Rosier, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Maybe this is why you can find a copy of Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach in 73 libraries worldwide!