A newly published book (2016) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach edited by Ren Thomas and published through Oxford University Press features work by three EVDS faculty members and provides an antidote to the former lack of planning techniques, cultural contexts and legal frameworks unique to Canada. Primarily intended for undergraduate students in planning, geography, and urban studies, the case studies offer enough depth to be used in graduate courses as well. It has been adopted across Canada in planning and related programs, and has received strong reviews from the academic and professional communities.
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova, Prof. Francisco Alaniz Uribe and Dr. Beverly Sandalack contributed two of the thirty case study chapters. “Energy-Efficiency Retrofits and Planning Solutions for Sustainable Social Housing in Canada” is derived from Dr. Tsenkova’s long-term research on sustainability and housing. Dr. Sandalack and Assistant Alaniz Uribe’s chapter “Developing the Community Plan and Urban Design Plan for Benalto, Alberta” was based on their project completed with the EVDS Urban Lab that produced a practical urban design and planning approach and methodology for small towns.