Purpose of Collection:

The Architecture & Urbanism collection at MacOdrum Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Architecture & Urbanism is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Engineering and Design. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Industrial Design, History, Geography, Urban Studies, and Engineering.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guide for Architecture or Urban Studies.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

Select academic, scholarly, or professional resources, with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary Canadian materials including:

  • Conservation & sustainability
  • Theory, philosophy,and criticism of architecture and urbanism
  • History of architecture and urbanism (including reprints of all periods)
  • Interdisciplinary discourses on contemporary issues related to architecture
  • Design methods:
    • human factors
    • computer-aided design
    • design modeling
  • Studies of the profession
  • Architecture and technology
    • building construction and conservation, including environmentally sustainable construction, environmental impact, and accessibility issues
    • specific types of buildings or structures including offices, hospitals, hotels, airports, shopping centres and homesobuilding materials including wood, concrete, steel, glass, plastic, and masonry
    • environmental engineering of buildings with emphasis on heating, lighting, acoustics, air conditioning, and energy (water, wind, geothermal, solar power, tidal, and emerging energy sources)
  • Architectural drawing and photography
  • Urban studies including city planning, urban design, urban development, and urban renewal
  • Landscape architecture (history, theory, and design)
  • Biographies of architects, architectural firms, planners, and planning firms

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


  • Global coverage with emphasis on Canada


  • emphasis on English and French
  • other languages acceptable when text is complemented by images

Material Types

  • Books, journals, reprints, translations, dissertations/theses, professional publications, GIS, maps and government documents. In some cases, print may be preferred over eBook formats.


  • popular do-it-yourself (DIY) manuals

Additional Collection Information

Related collections and collaborations

Our Archives & Special Collections (ARC) includes important holdings related to architecture and urbanism. In collaboration with ScholarsPortal, we also support dataset collections (e.g. see the Carleton Immersive Media Studio's CIMS Dataverse)

Related Collection Profiles

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