Cities as Crucibles by François Lapointe is a reflection on Canada’s Urban Future. Mr. Lapointe provides a distinctive analysis of urban reality and an imaginative and thought-provoking vision of a sustainable, healthy and resilient urban future.

Forward by Marnie Cappe. May 2011,

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François Lapointe



Preface: Why These Reflections?
Introduction: Why Do Cities and Urban Governance Matter for

Part I: What Do We See?

Chapter 1 – Changing Cities
Leading practices: The Canadian Healthy Communities Project

Chapter 2 – Some Emerging Issues and Questions for
Viewpoint: Promoting the Long View

Chapter 3 – The Evolving Context for Cities
Leading Practices: Bio-climactic Urbanism: Profiling the work of
Norman Pressman

Part II: What Does It Tell Us?

Chapter 4 – Key Consideration for an Urban Agenda
Viewpoint: Repositioning Strategies in Urbanism
Leading Practices: Heritage Rehabilitation – The Lachine Canal,
Viewpoint: Thinking Strategically about Transportation

Chapter 5 – Window on the Future of Canadian Cities
Leading Practices: The Vancouver Experience
Leading Practices: Planning for Future Generations – Canada’s
Capital Region

Part III – What Do We Need To Do About It?

Chapter 6 – Start with a Vision…
Viewpoint: Reframing the “Grand Vision”
Leading Practices: Visioning in a Contemporary Context –
Hamilton Vision 2020

Chapter 7 – Five Themes for Action

Chapter 8 – Urban Agenda: Connections
Leading Practices: Addressing Contemporary Urban Development
Challenges – Profiling the Work of Avi Friedman
Viewpoint: Speaking Truth to Power
Viewpoint: Making Inter-Professional Exchanges Happen

Chapter 9 – Urban Agenda: Resources
Viewpoint: Breaking Down Work Silos
Leading Practices: Creative Urbanism – Toronto Kings Areas

Chapter 10 – Urban Agenda: Generations
Viewpoint: Fostering Professional Succession

Chapter 11 – Urban Agenda: Collaboration
Viewpoint: Leading Intergovernmental Dialogue
Leading Practices: Intergovernmental Collaboration – Western
Canada Tripartite Agreements

Chapter 12– Urban Agenda: Institutions
Leading Practices: Planning First National Communities
Viewpoint: Working Collaboratively with Politicians

Chapter 13 – Getting On Canadians’ Radar Screen
Viewpoint: Steering Controversial Initiatives
Viewpoint: Advocating for a Planning Constituency

Chapter 14 – Pulling It All Together

Conclusion – Why am I cautiously optimistic?

Postface – My Ideal Canadian City

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