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Raphaël Fischler

Associate Professor and Director of the School

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
M.C.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Sc.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Arch., Eindhoven University of Technology

Office: Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 405

 


Professional and research interests

Metropolitan development and governance; physical planning and project development; neighbourhood planning and university-community partnerships; planning history and planning theory.

 


Ph.D. Dissertation

Standards of Development: On the birth of zoning as a social practice of regulation.

 


Recent publications and reports (2006-2013)

2013

R. Fischler, R. Aubin, S. Kraemer & L. Wiginton, Cooperative Housing and the Integration of Immigrant Households. Montréal: Centre Metropolis Québec—Immigration et Métropoles, 2013.

2012

R. Fischler and J. M. Wolfe, “Planning for Sustainable Development in Montréal: A ‘Qualified Success’.”  In Sustainability: A Global Urban Context, I. Vojnovic, ed. (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2012), pp. 531-559.

R. Fischler, "Reflective Practice." In Planning Ideas that Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice, B. Sanyal, L. Vale & C. Rosan, eds. (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2012), pp. 313-331.

R. Fischler, “Fifty Theses on Urban Planning,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 32(1): 107-114, 2012.

R. Fischler and L. Bornstein. “Work Group on Service to Québec and Canada: Final Report.” McGill University, Office of the Provost, 2012; PDF version available here.  

R. Fischler, R. Aubin, S. Kraemer & L. Wiginton, Cooperative Housing and the Integration of Immigrant Households. Montréal: Centre Metropolis Québec—Immigration et Métropoles, 2012.

B. Scholl, J. Van den Broeck, K. El Adli, R. Fischler, C. Hoch and A. Vegara (eds.). Higher Education for Spatial Planning: Positions and Reflections (Zürich: ETH Press, 2012).

C. Hoch and R. Fischler. “Mission, Goals and Features of Spatial Planning.” In B. Scholl et al., eds., Higher Education for Spatial Planning: Positions and Reflections (Zürich: ETH Press, 2012), pp. 16-23.

R. Signer and R. Fischler. “Studio Courses in Spatial Planning: Results of a Survey of European and North-American Schools.” In B. Scholl et al., eds., Higher Education for Spatial Planning: Positions and Reflections (Zürich: ETH Press, 2012), pp. 52-59.

R. Fischler, “Teaching Spatial Planners: Knowledge, Skills, Competencies and Attitudes – Accreditation Standards in the US and Canada.” In B. Scholl et al., eds., Higher Education for Spatial Planning: Positions and Reflections (Zürich: ETH Press, 2012), pp. 140-148.

2011

A. El-Geneidy, A. Cerdá, R. Fischler, and N. Luka, “Evaluating the Impacts of Transportation Plans Using Accessibility Measures: A Test Case in Montréal,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research: Canadian Planning and Policy, 20(1): 81-104, 2011.

R. Fischler, “Savoirs et aptitudes des urbanistes de demain,” Urbanité, fall 2011, pp. 56-57.

R. Fischler, Refereed review of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, by Riane Eisler, Review of Radical Political Economics, 43(3): 386-388, 2011.

R. Fischler, “Mémoire sur l’avant-projet de loi, Loi sur l’aménagement durable du territoire et l’urbanisme.” Brief submitted to the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des régions et de l’occupation du territoire, February 2011.

2010

R. Fischler, “Une grande dame dans la ville : Jeanne Wolfe, 1934-2009,” Urbanité, spring 2010, pp. 5-6.

R. Fischler, Review of Turning a town around: a proactive approach to urban design by Tony Hall, Urban Morphology, 14(1): 73-75, 2010.

2009

R. Fischler, “What sort of problem is the replanning of the Turcot Interchange?”  In Montréal at the Crossroads: Superhighways, the Turcot and the Environment, P. Gauthier, J. Jaeger and J. Prince, eds. Montréal: Black Rose Books, 2009, pp. 79-89.

R. Fischler, “Mémoire sur le Projet Bonaventure.” Brief submitted to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, December 2009.

R. Fischler, “Mémoire sur le Quadrilatère St-Laurent.” Brief submitted to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, May 2009.

R. Fischler, A Planner’s Writing Guide. McGill University, School of Urban Planning, 2009.

M. A. Poutanen, S. Olson, R. Fischler, and K. Schwartzman, “Tuberculosis in Town: Mobility of Patients in Montreal, 1925-1950,” Histoire Sociale/Social History, 42(83): 69-106, May 2009.

P. Tétreault, J. Surprenant‐Legault, A. El‐Geneidy, R. Fischler and A. Cerdá,  Accessibilité, comparaison des temps de parcours en transport collectif et en automobile etaccès au transport en commun par la marche dans la région métropolitaine de Montréal [Measurement of accessibility and of commuting times in the Montréal metropolitan area]. Report submitted to the Agence métropolitaine de transport (Metropolitan Transit Agency), 2009.

2008

A. El-Geneidy, R. Fischler, and N. Luka, Mise en œuvre du Plan de transport de Montréal : Étude des impacts sur l’aménagement et le développement du territoire [Implementation of the city’s transport plan in land-use planning and regulation].  Report submitted to the Service de la mise en valeur du territoire et du patrimoine, Ville de Montréal (Planning Department of the City of Montréal), 2008.

R. Fischler, “Communicative Planning Theory: A Foucauldian Assessment.”  In Critical Essays in Planning Theory, Vol. III: Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory, Jean Hillier and Patsy Healey, eds. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 187-197.  (Reprinted from the Journal of Planning Education and Research.)

R. Fischler, “Critique du programme particulier d’urbanisme pour le secteur Peel-Wellington (Griffintown).” Brief submitted to the Arrondissement du Sud-Ouest (South-West borough), City of Montréal, March 2008.

 

2007

R. Fischler, “Development Control in Toronto in the Nineteenth Century.” Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine, 36(1): 16-31, 2007.

 R. Fischler, Review of The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World, by Deyan Sudjic, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 16(1): 136-138, 2007.

R. Fischler, “Teaching History to Planners.” Journal of Planning History, 5(4): 280-288, 2006.

R. Fischler and J. M. Wolfe, “Contemporary Planning.”  In Canadian Cities in Transition, 3rd edition, T. Bunting and P. Filion, eds.  Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 338-352.

R. Fischler and J. M. Wolfe, “Jane Jacobs, 1916-2006,” Urbanité, December 2006, pp. 42-43.

 


Forthcoming publications

R. Fischler, “Émergence du zonage à Montréal, 1840 – 1914,” Les Cahiers de l’Institut du patrimoine, forthcoming, 2013.

 


Other noteworthy publications (before 2006)

R. Fischler, “Bonus Zoning,” “Choay, Françoise,” “Exclusionary Zoning,” “Ford, George B.,” “March, Benjamin C.,” “Suburbanization,” “Tenements,” “Veiller, Lawrence,” “Webber, Melvin M.”  Invited entries to the Encyclopedia of the City, R. Caves, ed.  Oxford: Taylor and Francis, 2005.

R. Fischler, “Planning for Social Betterment: From Standard of Living to Quality of Life.”  In Urban Planning in a Changing World: The Twentieth Century Experience, R. Freestone, ed. London: E & FN Spon, 2000, pp. 139-157.

R. Fischler, “Case Studies of Planners at Work: Paradoxes of Planning Theory.”  Journal of Planning Literature, 15(2): 184-195, 2000.

R. Fischler, “Communicative Planning Theory: A Foucauldian Assessment.”  Journal of Planning Education and Research, 19(4): 358-368, 2000. Reprinted in Essays in Planning Theory, Vol. III: Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory, J. Hillier and P. Healey, eds. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), pp. 187-197

R. Fischler and J. M. Wolfe, “Regional Restructuring in Montréal: An Historical Analysis.”  Canadian Journal of Regional Science / Revue canadienne des sciences régionales, XXIII(1): 89-114, 2000.

R. Fischler, “Linking Planning Theory and History: The Case of Development Control.” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 19(3): 233-241, 2000.

R. Fischler, “For a Genealogy of Planning.”  Planning Perspectives, 13(4): 389-410, 1998. Winner of the Theodora Kimball Hubbard Award of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.

R. Fischler, “Health, Safety, and the General Welfare: Markets, Politics and Social Science in Early Land-Use Regulation and Community Design.” Journal of Urban History, 24(6): 675-719, 1998. Winner of the Best Journal Article award of the Urban History Association for 1998.

R. Fischler, “The Metropolitan Dimension of Early Zoning: Revisiting the 1916 New York City Ordinance.”  Journal of the American Planning Association, 64(2): 170-188, Spring 1998. Winner of the Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize (best scholarly article) of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for 1998; awarded Best Article--Honorable Mention for Volume 64 of the Journal of the American Planning Association (National Planning Award, American Planning Association).

R. Fischler, “Strategy and History in Professional Practice: Planning as World-making.” In Spatial Practices: Critical Explorations in Social/Spatial Theory, H. Liggett and D. C. Perry, eds.  Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, 1995, pp. 13-58. 

J. Forester, R. Fischler, and D. Shmueli (eds.). Profiles of Community Builders: Israeli Planners and Designers. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.

J. Meligrana, J. M. Wolfe, and R. Fischler, “Canadian Experiences of Local Government Boundary Reform: A Comparison of Québec and Ontario,” in Fighting Over Local Government Boundaries: An International Study of Politics, Procedures and Decisions, J. Meligrana, ed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2004, pp. 75-105.

G. Moretti and R. Fischler, “Shopping Center Development and the Densification of New Suburban Cores.” Journal of Shopping Center Research, 8(2): 83-116, 2001.

 

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