Since 1970, our rigorous and well-focused two-year Master of Planning (M.PL.) program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field and to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving urban environment.
David L.A. Gordon, B.Sc., M.PL. (Queen's), MBA, D.Des. (Harvard), (Queen's), MCIP, RPP, AICP, P.Eng.
David Gordon teaches planning history, community design and urban development at Queen's. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, Ryerson, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Before becoming a professor, David was a professional planner for over 15 years, as director of an urban design firm and project manager for a waterfront agency. He twice shared the Canadian Institute of Planners' National Award of Distinction.
David has written widely on urban planning including the books Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities (Routledge 2006) and Planning Canadian Communities (Nelson 2008 with Gerald Hodge). His latest research includes a book on the history of Canada's capital city and exploration of Canadian suburbs.
Dave manages the School's internship program and is faculty co-ordinator of the National Executive Forum on Public Property. He also enjoys celebrating the achievements of SURP alumni across Canada, and helping plan the redevelopment of the Queen's campus.
David was born in Ottawa and grew up in Montreal, New Brunswick and Europe. He lives in Upper Canada's oldest neighbourhood, and is active in community environmental and social service organizations. Dave can often be seen cycling around downtown Kingston with his young daughter.
My current major research field, planning history, uses longitudinal studies of planning practice to answer questions about implementation. The site is Canada's national capital region, which is the focus of the country's longest sustained urban planning effort. The capital city research program was supported by three SSHRC grants and a Fulbright fellowship. The results are reported in a book, several refereed articles and a website. This research stream will culminate in another book, Town and Crown: An illustrated history of Canada's capital, scheduled for publication in 2012.
My second research field, waterfront planning, grew from experience with a federal agency redeveloping Toronto's harbour. The technical aspects of the research were published in major international journals and as the concluding chapter in the Urban Land Institute's 2004 waterfront book. The New York case was published as a book and London, Boston and Toronto cases appeared in several articles and chapters.
An emerging research focus is planning Canadian suburbs. This area has been addressed in articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Journal of Urban Design. The project is supported by a SSHRC grant (2008-11) to examine the proportions and policy implications of Canadian suburbs.
1994 Doctor of Design, (D.Des.),
1984 Master of Business Administration, with distinction (M.B.A.),
1983 Graduate Studies in Urban Design and Public Policy,
1979 Master of Urban and Regional Planning, (M.Pl.),
1976 Bachelor of Science, (Honours, Civil Engineering) (B.Sc.),
Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Member Service Award, 2008
University of Pennsylvania, Fulbright Senior Fellowship, 2001-2
Ontario Ministry of Housing, Seaton Design Competition, second prize (w. Dunker Assoc.), 1994
Canadian Institute of Planners, National Award of Distinction (with HSW), 1992
Canadian Institute of Planners, National Award of Distinction, Ataritiri (w. Toronto) 1991
C.M.H.C. Doctoral Fellowship, 1991-94
Harvard Graduate School of Design Doctoral Fellowship, 1991-93
Ontario Professional Planners Institute Award (with Toronto), 1990
C.M.H.C. Scholarship, Harvard Business School, 1982-84
SARC - Gordon Stephenson - 2011-2012 - $8,389
SSHRCC SRG - Suburban Naion - 2008-2011 - $75,725
SURP-817: An Intellectual History of Urban and Regional Planning (core course; team-taught).
Methods: illustrated lectures, optional field trips.
SURP-824: Urban Planning Project (core course)
Methods: workshop/studio; new project every year; weekly coaching in small groups; field trips.
SURP-840: Land Use Planning (optional course; team-taught)
Methods: illustrated lectures, computer simulation; role-playing; site visits; case studies of award-winning plans.
SURP-844: Real Estate Development and Planning (optional course; team-taught)
Methods: case study, role-playing, lecture, market analysis.
SURP-849: Public Private Partnerships (optional course)
Methods: lectures, case studies, simulation.
Courses Taught Previously or Occasionally
SURP-804: Implementation (methodology module)
Method: case studies.
SURP-805: Negotiation (methodology module)
Methods: simulations, lectures.
SURP-806: Population Forecasting (module)
Methods: lectures/demos, workbook.
SURP-807: Qualitative Research (methodology module)
Methods: lectures/demos, seminar.
SURP-848: Community Design (optional course; team-taught)
Methods: workshop/ studio; weekly small group coaching; field trips; illustrated lectures.
SURP-886: Public Private Partnerships (optional course)
Methods: lectures, case studies, simulation.
Books and Monographs (5):
5. Planning Canadian Communities, 5th ed. Toronto: Nelson, 2007, 416 pp. (with Gerald Hodge).
Planning Canadian Communities is the nation's standard survey textbook on community planning. For twenty years, Gerald Hodge has introduced thousands of students to the principles, practices and participants of community planning in Canada. The fifth edition sees the addition of co-author David Gordon, and content has been reorganized, updated and refined.Planning Canadian Communities provides a comprehensive view of the needs, origins, contemporary practices, and future challenges in planning Canadian cities, towns, and regions. The text describes the history of community planning in Canada, how it works today, and who participates in it. Examples of community planning in Canadian cities, towns and regions are used throughout the text.
4. Planning Twentieth-Century Capital Cities (ed.) 302 pp., London: Routledge, 2006, 302 pp. (R). Softcover edition issued 2010. (R).
The twentieth century witnessed an unprecedented increase in the number of capital cities worldwide – in 1900 there were only about forty, but by 2000 there were more than two hundred. And this, surely, is reason enough for a book devoted to the planning and development of capital cities in the twentieth century.
However, the focus here is not only on recently created capitals. Indeed, the case studies which make up the core of the book show that, while very different, the development of London or Rome presents as great a challenge to planners and politicians as the design and building of Brasília or Chandigarh. Put simply, this book sets out to explore what makes capital cities different from other cities, why their planning is unique, and why there is such variety from one city to another.
Sir Peter Hall’s ‘Seven Types of Capital City’ and Lawrence Vale’s ‘The Urban Design of Twentieth Century Capital Cities’ provide the setting for the fifteen case studies which follow – Paris, Moscow and St Petersburg, Helsinki, London, Tokyo, Washington, Canberra, Ottawa-Hull, Brasília, New Delhi, Berlin, Rome, Chandigarh, Brussels, New York. To bring the book to a close Peter Hall looks to the future of capital cities in the twenty-first century.
For anyone with an interest in urban planning and design, architectural, planning and urban history, urban geography, or simply capital cities and why they are what they are, Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities will be the key source book for a long time to come.
3. A Spatial Odyssey, Ottawa: Canadian Institute of Planners, 2001, 448 pp. + CD-ROM (ed. with J. Andrew).
2. Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront, New York: Routledge / Gordon and Breach, 1997. 155 pp. (R).
Battery Park City in Manhattan has been hailed as a triumph of urban design, and is considered to be one of the success stories of American urban redevelopment planning. The flood of praise for its design, however, can obscure the many lessons from the long struggle to develop the project. Nothing was built on the site for more than a decade after the first master plan was approved, and the redevelopment agency flirted with bankruptcy in 1979.
Taking a practice-oriented approach, the book examines the role of planning and development agencies in implementing urban waterfront redevelopment. It focuses upon the experience of the central actor - the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) - and includes personal interviews with executives of the BPCA, former New York mayors John Lindsay and Ed Koch, key public officials, planners, and developers. Describing the political, financial, planning, and implementation issues faced by public agencies and private developers from 1962 to 1993, it is both a case study and history of one of the most ambitious examples of urban waterfront redevelopment.
1. Directions for New Urban Neighbourhoods: Learning From St. Lawrence, (ed.) Toronto: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute School of Urban & Regional Planning, 1990. 173 pp.
(R) = peer reviewed; *= student or former student co-author
Book Chapters (7):
10. “Jacques Gréber e o Plano de 1950 para a Região da Capital Nacional do Canadá” in T. Andresen, M. Fernandes and J. Almeida (eds.) Jacques Gréber: Urbanist and Garden Designer, Porto: Serralves Foundation, 2011, pp. 108-33.
9. “Plans for the Future of Canada’s Capital” in R. Chattopadhyay & G. Paquet (eds.) The Unimagined Canadian Capital: Challenges for the Federal Capital Region, Ottawa: Invenire Press, 2011, pp.109-122.
8. “Bridging Mechanisms for the Ottawa-Gatineau Region” (with André Juneau) in R. Chattopadhyay & G. Paquet (eds.) The Unimagined Canadian Capital: Challenges for the Federal Capital Region, Ottawa: Invenire Press, 2011, pp. 87-104.
7. "Ottawa's Greenbelt Evolves from Urban Separator to Key Ecological Planning Component" in Marco Amati (ed.) Urban Greenbelts in the 21st Century, London: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 187-217. (with Richard Scott*).
Green belts are among the oldest and most widely used policies for controlling sprawl. During the twentieth century they have been employed to contain the explosive growth of cities as varied as Tokyo, Seoul and Melbourne with a variety of results. Increasingly, policy-makers, researchers and even environmentalists have pointed to the failings of a green belt approach, favouring more pragmatic or more linear green space concepts such as eco-belts and greenways. As yet, no research has attempted to gather these experiences together, to guide future reforms and consider whether a green belt is a useful policy for the twenty-first century.By bringing together and comparing the experiences of green belt reform across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, this book adds to the understanding of how a green belt can be effected in theory and how practitioners have adapted or reformed the green belt in practice. A team of leading researchers and practitioners examine how contemporary debates, on sustainability, ecology and political reform intersect with the implementation of green belts globally and the discipline of planning. The book provides a series of case studies to enable researchers and policy-makers alike to reach conclusions on the usefulness of green belts, the challenges that exist in implementing them and the impact of their alternatives.
6. "Unanticipated Benefits: The role of planning in the development of Ottawa region technology industries" in N. Novakowski and R. Tremblay (eds.) Perspectives on Ottawa's High-tech Sector, Brussels: Peter Lang, 2007, pp. 89-118 (with Betsy Donald and John Kozuskanich*) (R).
The book is organized into four themes: Ottawa: A Knowledge City; Planning the Cluster: By Decision, By Design or By Destiny?; Growing the Cluster: Idea Farming and Innovation Strategies for Economic Development; and The Unique Ottawa Cluster: Regional, Bilingual, and Cosmopolitan. The dominant message of the book is that planning for the knowledge city begins with a nexus of telecommunications, logistical and educational advantages, which is built upon by incremental knowledge-building decisions.
5. "Capital Cities and Culture: Evolution of twentieth-century capital city planning" in Javier Monclus and Manuel Guardia (eds.) Culture, Urbanism and Planning, London: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 63-84.
The relationship between culture and urbanism has been the focus of much discussion and debate in recent years. While globalization tends towards a homogeneity, successful 'global cities' have a strong individual - and particularly cultural - identity. The economic value of the culture of cities lies not only in the arts taking place there but also in the city's fabric, its architecture, and in its cultural heritage. This volume brings together a team of leading specialists to examine the policies of image and city marketing which have developed over the past 15 years and whether these are a continuity of earlier strategies. Featuring case studies which illustrate diverse perspectives on linking culture, urbanism and history, the book reviews heritage and planning culture, looking at the experience of urbanism in the 'Old Historic City'. The book also assesses the increasingly important issue of urban images and their influence on planning strategies.
4. "Implementing Urban Waterfront Redevelopment," Remaking the Urban Waterfront, Washington DC: Urban Land Institute, 2004, pp. 80-99 (R).
Waterfronts provide a natural opportunity to make a memorable urban place, yet many of them remain obsolete or underused. Remaking the Urban Waterfront, written by expert architects and planners, explains the importance of and challenges inherent in transforming waterfronts, the key design issues, zoning and land use regulations, environmental obstacles, development incentives, and how the public and private sectors must work together to create spectacular new waterfronts. Case studies of both small- and large-scale projects describe how mixed-use, residential, retail/entertainment, commercial/ industrial, civic buildings, and parks were developed in the United States and abroad.
3. "National Capital Commission" Oxford Companion to Canadian History, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2004.
2. Waterfront Planning," N. J. Smelser and P. B. Bates (eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Oxford UK: Pergamon, 2001, pp. 16837-39 (R).
1. "Managing Change on the Urban Edge: Implementing Urban Waterfront Redevelopment in Toronto", in G. Halseth & H. Nicol (eds.) (Re)Development At The Urban Edge, University of Waterloo Press, 2000. pp. 175-226 (R).
Refereed Journal Articles (29):
29. “The other author of the 1908 Chicago Plan: Edward H. Bennett”, Planning Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 2, (May 2010), pp. 229-241. (R).
28. “The other author of the 1908 Chicago Plan: Edward H. Bennett”, Planning Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 2, (May 2010), pp. 229-241. (R).
27. “Implementing Plans for Political Capitals” (with M. Seasons) Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Supplement 2009) pp. 94-117. (R).
26. "Traffic or Glory: Cross National Transfer of Capital City Planning Ideas in the Twentieth Century" in revision, 2007
25. " 'Agitating People's Brains': Noulan Cauchon and the City Scientific in Canada's Capital" Planning Perspectives forthcoming 2008.
24. "Lost in Translation: A brief comparison of Canadian land use planning terminology" Plan Canada, Vol. 46, No. 2, March 2007, pp. 28-31. (with T. Elliott*). (R).
23. "The 1950 Plan for the National Capital: An Example of Vision in Planning" Plan Canada, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 18-21, Autumn 2005. (R).
22. "Gross Density and New Urbanism: Comparing conventional and New Urbanist suburbs in Markham, Ontario" Journal of the American Planning Association, (with S. Vipond*) Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 41-54, Winter 2005. (R).
21. "Constructing National Identity: Confederation Square and the National War Memorial in Canada's Capital, 1900-2000" Journal of Historical Geography, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 618-642, October 2004, (with B. Osborne) (R).
20. "New Urbanism and Smart Growth: Twins separated at birth?" Places, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 68-71, 2003. (R).
19. "Large-scale traditional neighbourhood development and pre-emptive ecosystem planning: The Markham experience, 1989-2001, Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 321-340, Winter 2002 (with K. Tamminga, Penn State) (R).
18. "Ottawa-Hull and Canberra: Implementation of Capital City Plans" Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Volume 13, No. 2, (Winter 2002), pp. 1-16. (R).
17. "The Crash and Rebound of Canary Wharf" Wharton Real Estate Review, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 75-85, 2002. (R).
16. "William Lyon Mackenzie King, Town Planning Advocate," Planning Perspectives, Vol. 17 (2) 97-122, 2002. (R).
15. "Frederick G. Todd and the Origins of the Park System in Canada's Capital" Journal of Planning History, Vol. 1, No.1 (March 2002), pp. 29-57.
14. "From Noblesse Oblige to Nationalism: Elite involvement in planning Canada's capital," Journal of Urban History, Vol. 28. No. 1, November 2001, pp. 3-34. (R).
13. "The Resurrection of Canary Wharf," Planning Theory & Practice, Vol. 2, No. 2, (2001) pp. 149-168. (R).
12. "Weaving a modern plan for Canada's capital: Jacques Greber and the 1950 plan for the National Capital Region" Urban History Review, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2001, pp. 43-61. (R).
11. "Jacques Gréber, Urbaniste et Architecte" Urban History Review, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring 2001 pp. 3-6, (with Isabelle Gournay, U. Maryland) (R).
10. "Hexagonal Planning In Theory and Practice," Journal of Urban Design, (with E. Ben-Joseph, MIT) Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 237-265, December 2000 (R).
9. "Implementing urban waterfront redevelopment in an historic context: a case study of the Boston Naval Shipyard," Ocean and Coastal Management, Vol. 42, Dec 1999, pp. 909-931 (R).
8. "Introducing a City Beautiful Plan for Canada's Capital: Edward Bennett's 1914 speech to the Canadian Club," Planning History Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1-2, pp. 13-51. December 1998 (R).
7. "Canary Wharf & Battery Park City: Implementation Lessons for the New Millennium," Rising East, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 160-188, 1998. (R).
6. "A City Beautiful Plan For Canada's Capital: Edward Bennett and the 1915 Plan for Ottawa and Hull," Planning Perspectives, Vol. 13 (1998) pp. 275-300 (R).
5. "Financing Urban Waterfront Redevelopment," Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 63, No. 2, pp. 244-265, Spring 1997 (R).
4. "Managing The Changing Political Environment In Urban Waterfront Redevelopment," Urban Studies, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 61-83, January 1997 (R).
3. "Planning, Design & Managing Change in Urban Waterfront Redevelopment," Town Planning Review (UK), Vol. 67, No. 3, pp. 261-290. July 1996 (R).
2. "Architecture: How Not to Build a City -Implementation at Battery Park City," Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 35 -54. November 1993 (R).
1. "Interim Hypotheses on Mixed Use Waterfront Developments," (with G. Baird) Recreation Research Review, Volume 14, No. 2. pp. 39 -42. 1989 (R).
Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings (6):
6. "Cross National Transfer of Capital City Planning Ideas in the Twentieth Century" plenary presentation, International Planning History Society Conference, New Delhi, India, December 10-14, 2006.
5. "Twentieth-Century Capital City Planning History " International Planning History Society, Barcelona, July 2004
4. "Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities" Association of European Schools of Planning, Leuven, Belgium, July 2003.
3. "Ecological Planning and Density of New Urbanist projects in Markham Ontario" Association of European Schools of Planning, Leuven, Belgium , July 2003.
2. "The 1950 Plan For The National Capital Region" Canadian Institute of Planners, Ottawa 2001 6 pp.
1. "Edward Bennett and the City Beautiful Plan for Canada's Capital" IPHS Conference, Sydney, July 1998, 6 pp.
Review Articles, Book Reviews, Journal Index (18):
18. Review Article: “Reading Urban Design” Urban Studies, Vol 45, No. 3, 2008, pp. 731-5.
17. Review: "The Form of Cities: Political Economy and Urban Design" Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2006, pp. 254-55.
16. Review: "The Vancouver Achievement: Urban Planning and Design" Journal of Planning Literature, Volume 19, No. 2, pp. 224-5, November 2004.
15. Review Symposium: "The City Builders" Urban Affairs Review, Volume 38, No. 4, pp. 603-614, March 2003 (with J. Beaverstock, K. Chapple & J. Eade).
14. Review: "Times Square Roulette" by Lynne Sagalyn, Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 69, No. 2, p. 198. Spring 2003.
13. Review: "The Boulevard Book" Town Planning Review, Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 351-2, July 2003.
12. Review: "The City Builders: Property Development in New York and London, 1980-2000," H-URBAN, June 2002.
11. Review: "A Decade of Regeneration" Ontario Planning Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.31-32, March 2002.
10. Review: "City and Port" Town Planning Review, Vol. 72, No. 4, October 2001, pp. 481-2.
9. Review: "Ebenezer Howard: The beginning of Social Cities?" Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 66, No. 1. Winter 2000. p. 86.
8. Review: "The Writings of Clarence S. Stein: Architect of the Planned Community" Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 4, No. 3, Dec. 1999, pp. 338-339.
7. Review: "Re-Constructing Times Square: Politics and Culture in Urban Development," Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 19, No. 2, Dec. 1999, pp. 216-217.
6. Review Article: "Different Views From the Water's Edge" Town Planning Review, Vol. 69 No. 1, Jan. 1998. (R)
5. Review: "Unplanned Suburbs & The Shape of the City," Journal of Urban Design, 2:1, pp.105-106, 1997.
4. Plan Canada Consolidated Index, 1959-97, (with 6 students), July 1997, 77 pp. and WWW site.
3. Review article: "New Books For Waterfront Planners" Plan Canada, 35:6, pp. 46-47, Sept. 1995.
2. Review: "Two Suburban Views" Plan Canada, 32:1, pp. 44-45. January 1992.
1. Review article: "A Select Bibliography of Urban Design Literature" Plan Canada, 30:6 pp. 54-56, Nov. 1990.(revised bi-annually)
Professional Journal Articles (15):
15. “Reviving a Professional Journal” Plan Canada, Vol. 50, No.3 (2010) pp. 12-14, article.
14. “Retrospective: CIP National Planning Awards” Plan Canada, Vol. 50, No.3 (2010) pp. 20-21, article.
13. “Plan Canada: 50 Years” special issue of Plan Canada, September 2010, co-editor with Jill Grant and Ian Skelton, 60 pp; refereed and professional journal.
12. “Reviving a Professional Journal” Plan Canada, Vol. 50 No.3 (2010) pp. 12-14, article.
11. “Retrospective: CIP National Planning Awards” Plan Canada, Vol. 50 No.3 (2010) pp.20-21, article.
10. “Plan Canada: 50 Years” special issue of Plan Canada, September 2010, co-editor with Jill Grant and Ian Skelton, 60 pp; refereed journal.
9. "Built Form and Travel Behaviour in the Greater Toronto Area" Ontario Planning Journal, September 2007, Vol. 22, No.5, pp.10-11, with R. Mitra*.
8. Urban Plans: Past and Present, (ed.) Queen's University W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, Occasional Paper No. 2, January 2004.
7. "Transforming Canadian Cities and Canadian Planning" Plan Canada, Vol. 41, No. 3, Sept. 2001, pp. 12-13.
6. "Centre - Periphery - Globalization Past And Present," Planning History News, Summer 2001, pp. 4-5.
5. "Innovations for the CIP Conference" Plan Canada, Jan. 2001, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 32-34, with M. Cappe.
4. "Capital Cities: Perspective and Convergence" Plan Canada special issue, May 2000, co-editor with Pierre Dube.
3 "Planning Canberra and Ottawa: More differences than similarities, Plan Canada, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 20-21.
2. "Transforming the Urban Waterfront: Why Does It Take So Long?" Aquapolis, Vol. 4, December 1999, pp. 12-17. (Italian and English).
1. "A Plan for Lower Yonge Street," Ontario Planning Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, p.7, July 1990.
Selected Teaching Cases (5):
5. "Toronto's Harbourfront," ACUPP/CIP case (co-author with G. Spafford*) 1996, 6 pp. (R)
4. "Learning from St. Lawrence," ACUPP/CIP case (co-author with J. DeLeo*)1996,7 pp. (R)
3. "Developing the Kentlands," Harvard KSG case, 1996, 29 pp.
2. "Planning Battery Park City," Harvard KSG case, 1996, 25 pp.
1. "The Arlington Red Line Stations," Harvard KSG case, 1994, 7 pp.
Selected Professional Reports:
2007 The RFP Process for the Disposition of Publicly-Owned Real Estate Assets, National Executive Forum on Public Property, Queen's University, November 2007, with J. McKellar. 37 pp.
2006 The future of the National Capital Commission, brief to the federal NCC Mandate Review Panel.
2003 Sparks Street Then and Now: An evolving streetscape and public space, National Capital Commission, 142 pp., co-author with C. Bray and B. Osborne.
2002 Waterfront Planning and Development in Surrey, City of Surrey, BC.
2000 Multi-family Housing for Community Sustainability, CMHC, co-author with Quadrangle Architects
1996 Kenosha Lakefront Site, Urban Land Institute Advisory Services, co-author
1994 Seaton Handbook, Ontario Ministry of Housing, co-author with Dunker Assoc. 134 pp.
1991 Toronto Central Waterfront Transportation Study, Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront, urban design & planning consultant, 410 pp.
1991 Oshawa Downtown Urban Design Study, City of Oshawa, principal author 49 pp.
1991 Ataratiri Site Plan, City of Toronto Housing Department, principal author 74 pp.
1990 Gardiner Expressway East & Don Valley Sweep Civic Design Study, City of Toronto Planning Department, principal author. 66 pp.
1989 Lower Yonge Street Urban Design Study, City of Toronto Planning Department. co-author with Barry Sampson. 64 pp.
1989 Etobicoke Harbour Village Plan, City of Etobicoke, principal author.
1988 Harbourfront Housing Policy Study, Harbourfront Corporation, principal author.
1982 A Manual for Estimating Energy Consumption in New Development, Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Energy, co-author.
1982 Climatic Information for Energy Conscious Planning, Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Energy, co-author.
Articles and Reviews by Others of Completed Work:
Aubry, Jack "Ottawa a capital spot" Ottawa Citizen, Monday, August 27, 2007, A11.
Sagalyn, L.B. "Public/Private Development: Lessons from History, Research, and Practice" Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 73:1(Winter 2007) pp. 13-4
Sabini, M. "Cleveland's Waterfront in a Global Perspective" Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, (June 2001), pp. 1- 5.
Bromley, Ray. "Cities, Large and Small," Journal of the American Planning Association, 66:4, 2000, pp. 438-9.
Hebbert, M. "Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront" Environment & Planning C, Vol. 16, 1998, pp. 628-9.
Fainstein, Susan F. "Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the New York Waterfront" Journal of Planning Education & Research, Vol. 18, No. 2, 1998, p. 186.
Neufeld, David, and Gregory Tokarz. "Planning for Innovation: Reflections on Seaton." Plan Canada, Volume 35, Number 3, May 1995: pp. 32-34
Sandrin-Lit, R. "Seaton Encapsulated" Ontario Planning Journal, March 1995, pp. 18-19.
"Seaton Lands Competition" The Canadian Architect, March 1995, cover, pp. 22-25.
Neufeld, David and Gregory Tokarz. "Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation: The Seaton Competition / Repousser les frontières de l'innovation: le concours Seaton." Plan Canada Vol. 35, No. 2, March 1995 pp. 40-41
Allester, David. "The Plan for Ataratiri: Restoring a Corner of the City." Plan Canada, Volume 32, Number 4 July 1992: 27-30
"A work in progress" The Globe and Mail, May 22, 2007, A15. Op-ed.
"Start of a Beautiful Relationship? Toronto has long neglected its waterfront," The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2000, p. A17. Op-ed. article.
"NCC Track Record and plans are impressive," Ottawa Citizen, March 10, 2000, F4. Op-ed. article.
Other articles written for The Globe and Mail, Kingston Whig-Standard and others.
Interviewed by CBC-TV, Global TV, CityTV, C-SPAN, Rogers, CBC Radio, and numerous newspapers.
Software/CD Rom Publication:
Canadian Suburbs: https://qshare.queensu.ca/Users01/gordond/Suburbs/home.html, expanded August 2011.
Canadian Suburbs: https://qshare.queensu.ca/Users01/gordond/Suburbs/home.html, August 2010.
“Planning a capital for all Canadians” Inroads 30, Winter/Spring 2012, pp. 78-83.
“Gordon Stephenson and Urban Renewal in Kingston, Ontario” (with Michelle Nicholson*) refereed article forthcoming March 2012, Town Planning Review, 83:3.
“Reflecting on the career of a ‘technical man’” (with Jenny Gregory) refereed article forthcoming March 2012, Town Planning Review, 83:3.
“Gordon Stephenson, planner and civic designer” (with Jenny Gregory) refereed article forthcoming March 2012, Town Planning Review, 83:3.
“Developer Selection for Public Private Development” chapter 5 in L. Sagalyn (ed.) Public Private Development, Washington DC: Urban Land Institute, forthcoming 2012.
“Community Planning” International Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life forthcoming 2012.
“The Capital Question” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States conference, Ottawa, November 19, 2011.
“Jacques Gréber and Canada’s 1950 Plan for the National Capital Region” invited presentation, Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal, November 3, 2011.
“Canadian Suburbanism” Canadian Urbanism symposium, Vancouver, October 1, 2011.
“How Ontario’s Planning Presentation Changed: 1986-2011” invited plenary presentation, Ontario Professional Planners Institute conference, Ottawa, October 13, 2011.
“Canada is a Suburban Nation” Ontario Professional Planners Institute conference, Ottawa, October 14, 2011.
“Sustainable and Healthy Redevelopment in the Regional City: An Introduction to the Canadian Experience” EcoCity World Summit, Montreal, August 21, 2011.
"Suburban Nation? Estimating the size of Canada’s suburban population” (with Mark Janzen*) World Planning Schools Congress, Perth Australia, July 4, 2011.
“Gordon Stephenson and Urban Renewal in Kingston, Ontario” (with Michelle Nicholson*), World Planning Schools Congress, Perth Australia, July 7, 2011.
"Suburban Nation? Estimating the size of Canada’s suburban population” (with Mark Janzen*) ACUPP/ Canadian Association of Geographers conference, Calgary, June 2, 2011.
“The 50th Anniversary of Stephenson and Muirhead’s Planning Study of Kingston” exhibition, W.D. Jordan Library, April-May 2011 (curator).
“Housing Research at Queen’s” National Housing Research Committee, Toronto, May 4, 2011.
“Suburban Research Techniques” (with Mark Janzen*) SURP Research Seminar series, March 16, 2011.
“Planning Ottawa-Gatineau” University of Ottawa, January 29, 2011.
Selected Conference Papers and Presentations (65):
65. “Planning Ottawa-Gatineau” University of Ottawa, January 2011.
64. “Canada is a Suburban Nation” National Housing Research Committee conference, Ottawa, November 2010.
63. "Suburban Nation? Estimating the size of Canada’s suburban population” (with Mark Janzen*)", Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Minneapolis, MN October 2010.
62. “Canada is a Suburban Nation” Canadian Urbanism symposium Montreal, September 2010.
61. “Reflections on the First Canadain Greenbelt” Ciclos de Paisaje, Vitoria, Spain, July 2010.
60. “Gordon Stephenson and Urban Renewal in Kingston, Ontario” (with Michelle Nicholson*), International Planning History Society, Istanbul, July 2010.
59. “Suburban National Capital: A pilot study of Canada’s post-1945 suburbs in Ottawa-Hull” (with Chris Vandyk*), International Planning History Society, Istanbul, July 2010.
58. “A Greenbelt for Canada’s Capital: 1899-2000” Greenbelt National Visioning Forum, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, November 2009.
57. "Learning from the Past: Precedents for Canadian Urbanism " Canadian Institute of Planners national conference, Niagara Falls, September 2009.
56. “Canadian Urbanism: A Distinctive Tradition” Canadian Urbanism symposium Toronto, October 2009.
55. “Noulan Cauchon and the City Scientific in Canada’s Capital”, Jones Civil Engineering Forum, Queen’s University, February 18th, 2009.
54. “The other author of the 1908 Chicago Plan: Edward H. Bennett”, International Planning History Society, Chicago, July 2008.
53. “Requests for Proposals for Public Property Development” Association of European Schools of Planning / ACSP, Chicago, July 2008.
52. "Learning from the Past: Canadian Urbanism Traditions" Canadian Institute of Planners, Winnipeg, July 2008.
51. “Using Infrastructure to Promote Sustainable Development – Transit Oriented Development” Infrastructure Canada, Ottawa, May 26, 2008 (with Preston Schiller).
50. “Planning, Planners and Change” Canadian Association of Planning Students, Toronto, February 6, 2008.
49. "Requests for Proposals for Public Property Development: Reflections on best practice" UBC Centre for Public Private Partnerships, Vancouver BC, Dec. 4-5, 2007.
48. "Best Practices in Requests for Proposals for Public Property Development" Real Property Institute of Canada conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 14, 2007.
47. "Sustainable Transportation" invited lecture, Ontario Professional Planners Institute symposium, Ottawa, November 8, 2007.
46. "The RFP Process for the Disposition of Publicly-Owned Real Estate Assets" National Executive Forum on Public Property, Montreal QC, Nov. 1-3, 2007, with James McKellar.
44. "Noulan Cauchon and the City Scientific in Canada's Capital" Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians Conference, Portland ME October 2007.
44. "Learning from the Past: Canadian Urbanism Traditions" Canadian Institute of Planners, Quebec City, June 3-6, 2007.
43. "Urban Redevelopment at its Best: A Canadian overview and best practices for procurement" Real Property Institute of Canada FOCUS, Ottawa, February 12, 2007.
42. "The future of the National Capital Commission" NCC Mandate Review Panel, Ottawa, November 9, 2006. (televised public presentation)
41. "Urban Planning at its Best" invited lecture, Ontario Professional Planners Institute symposium, Ottawa, November 8, 2006.
40. "Public development research update" National Executive Forum on Public Property conference, Victoria BC, May 11-13, 2006.
39. "Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities", Capitals Alliance Summit, Ottawa, September 23, 2005. Plenary presentation, televised nationally by CPAC.
38. "Seven Methods for Proposal Calls", National Executive Forum on Public Property, Moncton NB, May 29-30, 2005.
37. "Proposal Calls by Public Agencies" Real Property Institute of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, November 14-16, 2005.
36. "Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities", Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Portland, OR October 2004.
35. "Twentieth-Century Capital City Planning History " International Planning History Society, Barcelona, July 2004.
34. "Celebrating Canadian Cities: Capitals", American Planning Association, Washington DC, April 2004.
33. "Proposal Calls for Public Land", National Executive Forum on Public Property, Toronto, April 2004.
32. "Town and Gown in the Ivy League: Lessons from the University of Pennsylvania and West Philadelphia for Queen's and Kingston" Queen's-Kingston Town-Gown conference, Kingston, March 2004.
31. "New Urbanism: Ecosystem Planning and Density", Canadian Institute of Planners, Halifax, July 2003, 6 pp.
30. "Ottawa-Gatineau and Canberra: Implementing Capital City Plans, 1900-1975" Canadian Centre for the Study of Capitals, March 2003, 32 pp.
29. "Implementing Capital City Plans" Canadian Capital Cities Organization, Keynote address, Yellowknife, June 2003.
28. "Frederick Todd's 1903 Report to the Ottawa Improvement Commission" Ottawa Urban Forum invited public lecture sponsored by CIP, OAA and OALA, November 2003.
27. "Can New Urbanism be Green?" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2002, 25 pp.
26. "Planning Canada's Capital 1900-2000" International Planning History Society, London UK, July 2002, 29 pp.
25. "Frederick Todd's 1903 Preliminary Report to the Ottawa Improvement Commission" Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians, Philadelphia, 2001 27 pp.
24. "Gross Density and Implementation Of New Urbanist Plans in Markham, Ontario" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Cleveland, 2001, 22 pp.
23. "Implementing Waterfront Redevelopment" City of Riga, Latvia, Sept. 2000.
22. "Weaving a modern plan for Canada's capital: Jacques Gréber and the 1950 plan for the National Capital Region" International Planning History Society, Helsinki, 2000.29 pp.
21. "Planning For Capital Cities in the 20th Century", International Planning History Society, Helsinki, August 2000 (with A. R. Sutcliffe).
20. "Jacques Gréber and the 1950 plan for the National Capital Region" Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Ottawa May 2000, 27 pp.
19. "Ottawa-Hull And Canberra: Implementation of Capital City Plans" Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians Conference, Washington, 1999 30 pp.
18. "The Resurrection of Canary Wharf" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, Chicago, 1999, 16pp.
17. "Implementing Waterfront Redevelopment," Keynote address, Atlantic Planners Institute conference, Saint John NB, 1998:
16. "Designing Urban Waterfronts - Lessons from around the world" Atlantic Planners Institute conference, Saint John NB, 1998, 12 pp.
15. "Edward Bennett and the City Beautiful Plan for Canada's Capital", International Planning History Society Conference, Sydney, 1998, 11 pp.
14. "Canary Wharf and Battery Park City," London Docklands Conference, London, UK 1998, 22 pp.
13. "A City Beautiful Plan for Canada's Capital" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, 1997, 24 pp.
12. "Edward Bennett and the 1915 Plan for Ottawa & Hull" Society of American City and Regional Planning Historians Conference, Seattle, 1997, 14 pp.
11. "Learning about the City" Jane Jacobs: Ideas that Matter conference, Toronto, 1997, 6 pp.
10. "What Went Wrong at Harbourfront" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Toronto,1996, 26 pp.
9. "Computer Education On the Cheap" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Computer Users Group Conference, Toronto, 1996, 7 pp.
8. "Planning Urban Waterfront Redevelopment" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference Detroit, 1995: 34 pp.
7. "Implementing Urban Waterfront Redevelopment: Case Methodology", Environmental Design Research Association, Boston, 1995, invited poster.
6. Canadian Association of Geographers, Montreal: "Planning, Design and Managing Change on the Urban Edge: Waterfront Redevelopment," 33 pp.
5. "Implementing Waterfront Redevelopment" CIP/APA National Conference, Toronto,1995, 14 pp.
4. "Implementing Urban Waterfront Redevelopment on the Isle of Dogs, London," Ontario Professional Planners Institute Annual Conference, 1994: 37 pp.
3. "Disasters in the London Docklands" ACSP Conference, Philadelphia, 1993, 42 pp.
2. "Implementation at Battery Park City" ACSP Conference, Columbus: 21 pp., 1992.
1. "Designing St. Lawrence" Ryerson University, 37 pp. , 1989 co-author with S. Fong.
Selected Public Lectures:
2010 OPPI Kingston, “The 50th Anniversary of Stephenson and Muirhead’s Planning Study of Kingston” public lecture and exhibition, World Town Planning Day, November 2010.
2010 “Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities: Lessons for Ottawa”, Probus Club Ottawa April 28, 2010.
2010 “Active Transportation across Canada” Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation, March 24, 2010.
2010 “Urban Design in Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast” Urban Design Centre of Western Australia, Perth, March 2, 2010.
2010 “Building Big Plans: Implementing Lessons for Capital Cities and Waterfronts” University of Western Australia, 26 February, 2010.
2010 “Planning Twentieth Century Capital Cities” QUILL, Kingston, January 2010.
2008 City of Kingston, “Evaluating Kingston’s Draft Official Plan” April 17, 2008.
2008 Kingston Learning, “Canadian Planning at its Best” February 8, 2008.
2007 OPPI Ottawa, "Sustainable Transportation" invited lecture, World Town Planning Day.
2007 Ohio State University "Twentieth Century Capital Cities and Urban Design," Knowlton School of Architecture invited lecture series.
2007 City of Kingston, "Waterfront Design Principles and Precedents" June 12, 2007.
2006 OPPI Ottawa, "Urban Planning at its Best" invited lecture, World Town Planning Day.
2005 Kingston Learning, "Smart Growth in Kingston?"
2003 Ottawa Urban Forum: "Frederick Todd's 1903 Report to the Ottawa Improvement Commission"
2001 Town of Lincoln, "Neighbourhood Planning in a Rural Landscape"
2001 Kent State Univ./ Cleveland State Univ., "Urban Waterfront Design: Facilitating redevelopment"
2001 Kingston Learning, "Planning Waterfront Development: Lessons from around the world"
2000 City of Riga, Latvia, "Implementing Waterfront Redevelopment"
1999 Ottawa Urban Forum: "Ottawa's X-files: Lost Visions, Forgotten Dreams"
1997 SUNY Buffalo, "Battery Park City: Politics and Planning on the Waterfront"
1995 RMC Dept. of Politics and Economic Science, "Comparing Canadian and U.S. Cities: Los Angeles and Toronto"
1991 City of Toronto Planning: "Urban Design Innovations in Barcelona"
1990 Institute of Transportation Engineers, Toronto: "The Gardiner LakeShore Corridor"
1987 Ontario Professional Planners Institute: "Harbourfront 2000 Plan"
1986 City of Kingston / Waterfront Centre Symposium, "Block D"
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