Inhabited Futures/ Constructed Pasts
The international graduate PhD program “The World in the City,” run by a consortium of universities from Berlin, New York, and Toronto, is having its annual meeting in Toronto November 19-21, 2015. The topic of the meeting is Inhabited Futures – Constructed Pasts.
Please join us for the meeting’s keynote lecture by York University professor Ute Lehrer. Professor Lehrer will speak about “Urbanism, Public Space and the Condominium: Between Dark Age and the Good Society.”
The lecture takes place at the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto, 4pm, November 19.
Suburban Governance in an Era of Globalizing Urbanization
It was hosted at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Université de Montréal and brought together international scholars with expertise in urbanism and suburban governance in different parts of the world, and doctoral candidates engaged in joint research with them. Researchers in the suburban governance subproject of the MCRI Global Suburbanism as well as faculty members and students from Montreal universities also participated.
A paper with the title “Institutional Forms, Political Outcomes and Democratic Challenges of Suburban Governance in an Era of Global Urbanism”, distributed by Hamel presented an overview of recent debates about how to meet the new challenges suburbs are facing in a globalizing world considering that the traditional dichotomy between the city and the suburb is clearly behind us whilst urban democracy is being defined in new terms. While urban studies researchers share a large consensus about an inevitable transition in the management of cities from government to governance within a globalizing context where the role of the state has been redefined, numerous disagreements prevail regarding the meaning of the notion. If some insist on the role played by private economic actors in managing public resources, others focus on the openness towards participation and deliberation – governance becoming in that perspective a “distinctively normative model” – while some others prefer an analytical approach emphasizing the role played by norms, culture and institutions in circumscribing the cooperation between public and private actors. Finally, collective work in an volume on Suburban Governance edited by Hamel and Keil on the governance of suburbanization highlighted three modalities (the state, capital accumulation, and private authoritarian government) in the governance of suburbanization in several parts of the world.
Participants of the Montreal workshop presented case studies based on exploratory interviews in various regions across the world: Bangalore, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Miami, Montreal, Shanghai, and Toronto. These presentations brought out common concerns about the main issues of suburban governance. The papers led to intensive discussions on the conceptual and empirical aspects of each paper. The contributions will be the basis for chapters in an edited book for the University of Toronto Press’s Global Suburbanisms series.
Presentations from the Global Suburban Infrastructure Workshop, Waterloo, June 14-16, 2015
The Global Suburban Infrastructure Workshop June 14-16, 2015
As the world population is becoming increasingly urban, most of the growth is happening in suburbs. It is thus there that infrastructure stress is most acute, would it be because of a lag of infrastructure development relative to population and economic growth, neglect of suburban populations relative to those of more central parts of urban areas, or the location in suburbs of large infrastructures serving the needs of the entire metropolitan region. The workshop will explore suburban infrastructure issues from a global perspective. It will identify the specificity of these problems according to different parts of the world as well as conditions faced by all suburban areas across the globe. Participants to the workshop will use this information to formulate solutions to suburban infrastructure problems.
The workshop, which is organized jointly by the Faculty of Environmental Studies of York University and the School of Planning of the University of Waterloo, will group international academic experts in different types of infrastructures. For information you can reach Pierre Filion (firstname.lastname@example.org, 519 888-4567×33963) or Roger Keil
International Forum on Global Suburbanism May 9-11, 2015
As a rapidly growing city, Shanghai is exposed to significant challenges with regard to social, economic, environmental, and cultural planning. This forum analyses suburbanization in Shanghai as well as other regions in China from various aspects including land, governance, and infrastructure.
Organized by Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) on Global Suburbanisms The City Institute at York University
Co-organized by Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, Center for Urban & Regional Studies, Institute of Population Research, Fudan University, Centre for Modern Chinese City Studies, East China Normal University, Institute of Urban and Demographic Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
Center for Metropolitan Studies Podcast: Interview with Roger Keil
Professor Roger Keil speaks to International Graduate College (IGK) Fellow Lisa Vollmer for the Center for Metropolitan Studies podcast series (November 2014).
Yes, We Can Afford to Plan for Smarter Growth and Better Housing
“Critics of smart growth are not comparing apples to apples when it comes to housing costs. We need to consider the full cost of housing under different development scenarios.”
MCRI researchers Markus Moos, Pierre Filion, Roger Keil, and Alan Walks collaborate with University of Waterloo researchers Jeff Casello, Laura Johnson, and Maxwell Hartt to look at a range of factors that are responsible for escalating housing prices in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Check out the Huffington Post article here.