research in the history of planning

project overview

After teaching the history of planning for many years, I have become increasingly interested in finding ways to connect our urban past with our present.

My historical research has two main themes. First, we are contributing to an understanding of the history of planning in Halifax and in Nova Scotia. Student colleagues and I have been looking at the creation of early planning legislation, the experience of urban renewal, and battles over particular development projects.

The second stream of research seeks to contextualize contemporary urban development practices and processes with historical counterparts. The past and the present can inform each other and can give us ideas and insights that help us develop theory and shape options for our future.