On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 we hosted our second Towards Suburbia seminar with sub/urban design scholar, Ellen Dunham-Jones with great success. Ellen Dunham-Jones shared new case studies and research on how retrofits of prototypical suburban property types throughout North America are helping suburbs address 21st century challenges they were never designed for. She drew on her database of over 1400 examples […]
On April 10, 2017 independent news and research website The Conversation published a new article by Pierre Filion and Roger Keil entitled "Why suburban tensions and inequality will drive infrastructure innovation". Read the full article here.
Retrofitting Suburbia for 21st Century Challenges The “Retrofitting Suburbia Workshop” will be a deep dive into one of the more ambitious suburban retrofits, the White Flint/Pike District in North Bethesda, Maryland. After a presentation of the project, Professor Dunham-Jones will lead participants in a discussion of the diverse impacts of the redevelopment and a comparison […]
Call for Papers: Graduate Student Pre-Conference York University, Toronto, October 19-21, 2017 Graduate students are invited to submit papers for a graduate student pre-conference, which will take place during the afternoon of Thursday, October 19, 2017 as part of the final conference of the MCRI Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century […]
The March 2017 edition of Habitat International features MCRi supported research on water supply in suburban Hanoi. "Fragmented landscapes of water supply in suburban Hanoi" authored by Lucía Wright-Contreras, Hug March, and Sophie Schramm "addresses the relationship between the urban development of Hanoi, Vietnam, and water supply including users’ perception of water accessibility and satisfaction of […]
On February 8th, 2017 Roger Keil gave a presentation entitled "Suburbs, theoretically! How the urban periphery can be a site of theory and politics" at the Balsillie School of Internationl Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario. From the abstract: "In political and urban theory, the city centre is the place to be. Where minds meet and talent […]
On January 12th, 2017 Sean Hertel was a panelist on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. He spoke on the subject of "transit initiatives in Ontario, how to determine which modes of transit are needed, how to build them, and who should pay for them". The full segment can be viewed online here.
Governing Cities through Regions Canadian and European Perspectives edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel 'The region is back in town. Galloping urbanization has pushed beyond historical notions of metropolitanism. City-regions have experienced, in Edward Soja’s terms, “an epochal shift in the nature of the city and the urbanization process, marking the beginning of […]
Suburban Constellations: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century, edited by Roger Keil (2013), recently received rave reviews by Markus Kip from sub\urban. Read the review (in German) here.
Graduate students who attended the "Africa's New Suburbanisms" workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa were featured on York University's daily news hub, yFile. The article detailed their experiences preparing for and attending the workshop. Read the full article here.