This guide provides a select list to suggested readings and resources for PLAI 500 students.
It will continue to be updated throughout the Winter 2017 term.
A list of selected library guides related to course topics and themes.
- Canadian and Montreal Architecture
- Historical Maps and Atlases
- Data: Geospatial
- Data: Microdata, aggregate data, and statistics
- Human Geography
DIGITAL PROJECTS AND ONLINE COLLECTIONS
Library, archives, and museum materials can be found digitized or in print from a number of different resources.
- List of useful maps for research on the city of Montréal
- Canadian Architecture Collection
- Virtual McGill: Campuses and Buildings
- Urban Plan Collections, McGill Library
BOOKS, ARTICLES, ANDOTHER MEDIA RESOURCES
Works published by guest speakers, and related materials
- Dickenson, V. "The herons are still here". In Metropolitan natures: Environmental histories of Montreal
- Dunton, N. & Malkin, H. Guide de l'architecture contemporaine de Montréal
- Olson, S. Trajectories of three communities in nineteenth-century Montreal
- Dufaux, F. & Olson, S."Rebuilding a Neighbourhood of Montreal". In Historical GIS Research in Canada
RELATED RESOURCES mentioned in class
- Montréal en évolution
- Montréal et l'eau
- Montréal Sound Map
- Non-places: Introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity
- Secret Montreal: An Unusual Guide
- Topophilia: A study of environmental perception, attitudes, and values
URBAN MAPS AND DATA (MONTREAL)
These materials come in a variety of formats, including pdfs, shapefiles, and xls and therefore may require specialized software to use them.
- Montreal Cartographic Plans
- Montreal Cadastral Plans
- Montreal General Landuse
- REEM 2000. Census of Establishments and Employment in Montreal, 2000.
- Index map of Montréal land use plans (1954-1990) and fire insurance plans (1914-1972) available at the BaNQ. Most have been digitized and can be downloaded.
- Montreal Open Data Portal. Free data on all aspects of Montreal, arranged thematically. Themes that will be of particular interest to students are Politiques Sociales, Infrastructures, and Société et culture.
POPULATION CENSUS DATA AND REFERENCE MAPS
- Canada Census Cartographic and Boundary Files 1981-2006 (GIS). GIS files of Census Tracts, Census Subdivisions, etc..
- Census Boundary Files 1996 and 2001. (DMTI).
- Canadian Census Analyser 1986-2006 (Census Data files). Attribute data to join with the Census Boundary/Cartographic Files.
- Census Boundary Maps (PDF format)
ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH - RESIDENCES
Who built my house?
Are There Photographs of My House?
Who Lived in My House?
How Old is My House?
ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES - PUBLIC BUILDINGS
What is the history of this building?
Where can I find information about industrial buildings?
Where can I find information about hospital buildings?
WEB-BASED TOOLS FOR VISUALIZATION, MAPPING, & TEXT ANALYSIS
For a more comprehensive list of digital tools for scholarly use, see DiRT