This list will be updated for the course starting September 5, 2019.

Introduction: Contexts of sustainability

  • Dalibard, Jacques, 1990, “Heritage Begins at Home, What thinking globally and acting locally really means,” Canadian Heritage (Spring), 8-10.
  • Fairclough, Graham, 2009, “The cultural context of sustainability- Heritage and living,” Council of Europe, Heritage and Beyond 125-127.
  • ICOMOS, 2011, The Paris Declaration On Heritage as a Driver of Development. 
  • Laduke, Winona, 1992, “Minobimaatisiiwin, The Good Life,” Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine.
  • Veerkamp, Anthony, 2009, “Slow Food,” “Slow Cities,” and their Lessons for Rural Preservation,” Forum Journal: Positioning Preservation in a Green World, (Winter 2009), 51-60.

Bridging natural/cultural heritage conservation

  • Avrami, Erica, 2011, “Sustainability and the Built Environment: Forging a Role for Heritage Conservation,” Conservation Perspectives the GCI Newsletter, Heritage & Sustainability Issue 26.1: 4-9,
  • Buggey, Susan and Nora Mitchell, 2008, “Cultural Landscapes: Venues for Community-Based Conservation” in Longstreth, Richard W., editor, Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 164-179.
  • Clark, Kate, 2008, “Only Connect: Sustainable Development and Cultural Heritage,” in Fairclough, Graham, et al, The Heritage Reader, New York: Routledge, 82-98.
  • Harmon, David, 2007, “A Bridge over the Chasm: Finding Ways to Achieve Integrated Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation,” International Journal of Heritage Studies, 13. 4–5: 380–392.

Community and land-based stewardship

  • Ball, Cynthia, et al, 2012, “Reconnection and Reconciliation in Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks: Jasper National Park, Canada,” in Amareswar Galla, editor, World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge, University Press/UNESCO, 158-168.
  • Beckford, Clinton L., et al, 2010, “Aboriginal Environmental Wisdom, Stewardship, and Sustainability: Lessons from the Walpole First Nations, Ontario, Canada,” The Journal of Environmental Education 41.4, 239-248.
  • Lawrence, Roderick J. 2006, “Learning from the Vernacular, Basic Principles for Sustaining Human Habitats,” in Asquith, Lindsay, and Marcel Vellinga, eds. Vernacular Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: Theory, Education and Practice, London: Taylor & Francis, 110-127.
  • Rankin, Lisa, Amanda Crompton, 2013, “The Labrador Metis and the Politics of Identity: Understanding the Archaeological Past to Negotiate a Sustainable Future,” International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development, 3.1: 71-79.
  • Hodgson-Smith, Kathy L., and Natalie Kermoal, 2015, “Community-Based Research and Métis Women’s Knowledge in Northwestern Saskatchewan, in Kermoal, Natalie, and Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez, ed., Living on the Land, Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place, AU Press. 139-167.

Frameworks for advocacy, policy and planning

Resilient cities and landscapes in changing climates

  • Crew, Rebecca, 2011, “Tree Preservation and the Cultural Effects of Climate Change,” in Longstreth, Richard, editor, Sustainability & Historic Preservation, Towards a Holistic View, Lanham, Maryland: University of Delaware Press, 43-56.
  • Fowler, Edmund P., 2007, “Heritage in the ‘Burbs, How to make suburbs a lasting legacy,” in Alternatives, Canadian Environmental Ideas + Action 33.2-3.
  • Melnick, Robert. “Climate Change and Landscape Preservation: A Twentieth-First Century Conundrum.” APT Bulletin 40.3-4 (2009): 35-42.
  • Rodwell, Dennis, 2003, “Sustainability and the Holistic Approach to the Conservation of Historic Cities,” Journal of Architectural Conservation 9.1: 58-73.
  • Dean, Joanna, 2011, “Chapter Three: The Social Production of a Canadian Urban Forest,” in Genevieve Massard-Guilbaud and Richard Rodger, Environmental and Social Justice in the City, Historical Perspectives, Cambridge: White Horse Press, 67-87.

Built heritage, modernity and sustainable rehabilitation

Sustaining and assessing cultural heritage

  • De Silva, Megan and Jane Henderson, 2011, “Sustainability in Conservation Practice,” Journal of the Institute of Conservation 34.1, 5-15.
  • Simms, S. Jordan, “A Polluting Concept of Culture: Native Artefacts Contaminated with Toxic Preservatives,” International Journal of Heritage Studies 11.4 (September 2005): 327-339.
  • Stubbs, Michael, 2004. “Heritage-Sustainability: Developing a Methodology for the Sustainable Appraisal of the Historic Environment.” Planning, Practice and Research 19:3, pp. 285-305
  • United Nations, 2015, “SDG 11: Make Cities and Human Settlements Safe, Resilient, Sustainable,” Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 26.

Economics, tourism and local strategies

  • Dobson, Stephen, 2011 “Sustaining Place Through Community Walking Initiatives,” Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development 1.2: 109-121.
  • Landorf, Christine, 2009, “Managing for Sustainable tourism: A Review of Six cultural World Heritage Sites,” Journal of Sustainable Tourism 17.1: 53-70.
  • Throsby, David, 2003, “Sustainability in the Conservation of the Built Environment: An Economist’s Perspective,” in Teutonico, .M. and Frank Matero, editors, Managing Change: Sustainable Approaches to the Conservation of the Built Environment, Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 3-9. 
  • Barthel-Bouchier, Diane L. 2013, “Cultural Tourism and the Discourse of Sustainability,” Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability, Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, 153-176. 


Understanding heritage

  • Albert, Marie-Theres, Roland Bernecker and Britta Rudolff, editors, 2013, Understanding Heritage, Perspectives in Heritage Studies, De Gruyter.
  • Fairclough, Graham, et al, editor, 2008, The Heritage Reader, New York: Routledge.
  • Mieg, Harald A. and Heike Oeverman, editors, 2014, Industrial Heritage Transformed, Clash of Discourses, Routledge.
  • West, Susie, editor, 2010, Understanding Heritage in Practice, Manchester University Press.

Heritage conservation and sustainability

  • Barthel-Bouchier, Diane L. 2013, Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press.
  • Galla, Amareswar, editor, 2012, World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge, University Press/UNESCO.
  • Longstreth, Richard, editor, 2011, Sustainability & Historic Preservation, Towards a Holistic View, Lanham, Maryland: University of Delaware Press.
  • Teutonico, Jeanne Marie and Frank Matero, 2003, Managing Change: Sustainable Approaches to the Conservation of the Built Environment, Getty Conservation Institute.
  • Young, Robert A., 2012, Stewardship of the Built Environment: Sustainability, Preservation, and Reuse, Island Press.

Historic urban landscapes and urban sustainability

  • Bandarin, Francesco and Ron van Oers, 2014, The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hough, Michael, Cities & Natural Process: A Basis for Sustainability, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2004. Electronic
  • Knox, Paul L. and Heike Mayer, 2013, Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation, Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser Verlag.
  • Rodwell, Dennis, 2007, Conservation and Sustainability of Historic Cities, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Whiston Spirn, Anne, 1984, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design, Basic Books.

Cultural landscape histories and sustainability

  • Campbell, Claire, 2011, A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011, U.Calgary Press.
  • Longstreth, Richard W., editor, 2008, Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Luginbuhl, Yves, et al, editors, 2015, Landscape and Sustainable Development: The French Perspective, Ashgate.
  • Plieninger, Tobias, and Claudia Bieling, editors, 2012, Resilience and the Cultural Landscape, Understanding and Managing Change in Human-shaped Environments, Cambridge U.P.
  • Taylor, Ken and Jane L. Lennon, editors, 2012, Managing Cultural Landscapes, Routledge.
  • Taylor, Ken, et al, 2015, Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions, Routledge.
  • Von Droste, Bernd, et al, 1995, Cultural landscapes of universal value: components of a global strategy, Gustav Fischer/ UNESCO
  • Thayer, Robert L. 1994, Gray World, Green Heart: Technology, Nature, and Sustainable Landscape, Wiley.
  • Wilson, Alexander, 1991, The Culture of Nature, North American landscape from Disney to the Exxon Valdez, Between the Line.

Sustainable heritage buildings and materials

  • Carroon, Jean, 2010, Sustainable Preservation, Greening Existing Buildings, Wiley.
  • Gelfand, Lisa and Chris Duncan, 2012, Sustainable Renovation, Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope, Wiley.
  • Larsen, Knut Einar and Nils Marstein, 2000, The Conservation of Historic Timber Structures, An Ecological Approach, Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Maddex, Diane, editor, 1981, New Energy from Old Buildings, Washington: National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Oxley, Richard, 2003, Survey and Repair of Traditional Buildings, A Sustainable Approach, Donhead.
  • Prizeman, Oriel, 2015, Sustainable Building Conservation: Theory and Practice of responsive Design in the Heritage Environment, London: RIBA Publishing.
  • Rose, William B., 2005, Water in Buildings: An Architect’s Guide to Moisture and Mold, New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Stein, Carl, 2010, Greening Modernism, Preservation, Sustainability and the Modern Movement, Norton.

Climate and resource-based architectural design, building, materials

  • Addis, Bill, 2006, Building with Reclaimed Components and Materials, A Design Handbook for Reuse and Recycling, London, UK: Earthscan.
  • Asquith, Lindsay, and Marcel Vellinga, eds. 2006, Vernacular Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: Theory, Education and Practice. London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Banham, Reyner, 1969, Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment, Chicago: U. Chicago Press.
  • Borasi, G. and M. Zardini, 2007, Sorry Out of Gas, Architecture’s Response to the 1973 Oil Crisis, Montreal: CCA.
  • Brand, Stewart, 1995, How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built. Penguin Books: New York.
  • Fitch, J.M. and W. Bobenhausen, 1999, American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It, rev. edition, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Porteous, Colin, 2002, The New Eco-Architecture, Alternatives from the Modern Movement, SPON.
  • Steele, James, 2005, Ecological Architecture: A Critical History, London: Thames and Hudson.

Environmental history, cultural ecology, Indigenous ecological knowledge

  • Crumley, Carole L. editor, 1994, Historical Ecology: Cultural Knowledge and Changing Landscapes, U. Washington Press.
  • Hawkins, Gay and Stephan Mueck, editors, 2003, Culture and Waste, The Creation and Destruction of Value, Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Hessing, Melody, Rebecca Raglon and Catriona Sandilands, editors, 2005, This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment, UBC Press.
  • Kermoal, Natalie, and Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez, editors, 2015, Living on the Land, Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place, AU Press.
  • Massard-Guilbaud, Genevieve and Richard Rodger, editors, 2011, Environmental and Social Justice in the City, Historical Perspectives, Cambridge: White Horse Press.

 Other related references by Susan Ross, the course instructor

  • “Sustainable Conservation Strategies for Canada’s Modernist Wood Legacy,” Journal of Architectural Conservation (2017).
  • “Enhancing Conservation Tools for Natural Heritage in Historic Districts,” Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin (2016).
  • “Urban Waste (Places) and Heritage Values,” Association for Critical Heritage Studies,Montreal (2016)
  • “Overview of 2014 Round Table,” Exploring the Cultural Value of Nature: a World Heritage Context, Round Table Organized by the Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal, March 14, 2014.
  • Conserver le bois moderne: des stratégies environnementales pour un patrimoine organique,” in France Vanlaethem and Marie-Josée Therrien, editors, La sauvegarde de l’architecture
 modernePUQ, 2014, pp.305-324.
  • “How Appropriate is Our Technological Heritage?” Carleton University School of Canadian Studies Heritage Conservation Symposium (proceedings), Carleton University, 2013.
  • Book Review: “Sustainable Renovation: Strategies for Commercial Building Systems and Envelope by Lisa Gelfand and Chris Duncan,” APT Bulletin (2012) 43.4, p.57.
  • “How Green was Canadian Modernism? How Sustainable Will it Be?” Docomomo International Journal, special Canada Modern issue (2008), pp.67-73.
  • “Saving Heritage is Key to Sustainable Development,” Heritage (Spring 2006).
  • “Integrating Environmental and Cultural Sustainability for Heritage Properties” (with Andrew Powter), APT Bulletin (2005), 36.4, pp.5-11.
  • Sustainable Historic Places: A Background Paper for the Historic Places Branch, Parks Canada,” Revised edition for publication, 2008.

Additional sources for sustainable heritage conservation case studies in Canada include:

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