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Read the Roundtable Report of the Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group.

A team of 50 researchers and 18 partner organizations are involved in this seven-year research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Major Collaborative Research Initiative program. Housed at the City Institute at York University (CITY), this is the first major research project to take stock of suburban developments around the world and attempt to alter the dialogue around suburban life.

We are planning to analyze recent forms of urbanization and emerging forms of (sub)urbanism as well as the dilemmas of aging suburbanity. We broadly focus on the governance of suburbanization, that is, efforts to guide and regulate its development. It involves state, market and civil society actors and implies democratic deliberation and social conflict. The categories land, which includes housing, shelter systems, real estate, greenbelts, megaprojects, and infrastructure, including transportation, water and social services, serve as the two prime anchors upon which we hinge specific research projects. Examination of Canadian suburbanization and suburbanism will serve as a basis and comparative “control” case to understand suburbanization in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

News

Resilience: not a cuddly kitten, more like a beastly cat

February 24, 2014

Roger Keil

Resilience is a tough and controversial term. Inspired by a recent invective by Tom Slater, in which he roundly rejects resilience as a concept and bemoans especially i… Read more

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Sub/urbanization and density: A few critical notes

February 14, 2014

Roger Keil

Density is a concept that enjoys much love in urbanist circles.(1) It is often seen as a necessary precondition for sustainability and even resilience. It has become a r… Read more

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NRU writes about The Elusive Search for Good Density

February 14, 2014

The Feb. 12 GTA edition of Novae Res Urbis covers the panel, presented with the Canadian Urban Institute, in which members of the Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group — in… Read more

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Danielle Labbé’s new book looks at the changing outskirts of Hanoi

January 22, 2014

Danielle Labbé, formerly a post-doctoral fellow with the Global Suburbanisms project (and contributor to Suburban Constellations) has just published “Land PoliRead more

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Roger Keil & Sean Hertel Talk About Fixing the GTA

January 8, 2014

Roger Keil was among the contributors to the Globe & Mail‘s compilation of 14 ideas for improving the GTA in 2014 and used the opportunity to talk about the need to bring … Read more

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This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through funding from the Major Collaborative Research Initiative “Global suburbansims: governance, land, and infrastructure in the 21st century (2010-2017).