The Suburbs are Burning

Roger Keil and Paul Maginn discuss the role suburbs play in helping cities fight against climate change: Yes, today’s suburban lifestyles are grossly unsustainable as a rule. At its most extreme, suburban settlement in ecologically sensitive areas is clearly reckless.But can we afford to caricature the suburbs and their inhabitants as dreamers living in a […]

Ten years of research on Global Suburbanisms wraps up, and continues on

Warsaw, Poland | Photo by Roger Keil After a decade of ground-breaking research, the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) “Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century,” led by Principal Investigator Professor Roger Keil (Faculty of Environmental Studies) is wrapping up. The project was funded with $2.5 million by the Social Sciences and […]

Roger Keil to Deliver Prestigious Sir Peter Hall Lecture

MCRI Global Suburbanisms Principal Investigator Roger Keil will deliver this year's Sir Peter Hall Lecture in London, England. The lecture will take place June 5 at the University College London's Bartlett School of Planning with the theme “Metabolic Suburbia: Facing the connectivity of the extended urban world.” “Each year we invite a leading scholar or […]

Suburban Urban: Cities at the city's edge

Brampton- a suburb in transition or a city in waiting? A recent article in the Winter 2019 York University Magazine investigates Brampton's shifting suburban landscape and features interviews from Global Suburbanisms PI, Roger Keil, PhD student Murat Üçoğlu, and City Institute affiliate Sean Hertel. “Brampton,” says Keil, who has been researching the Greater Toronto Area’s […]

Research Assistant Job Posting - MCRI Global Suburbs Tower Renewal

Timeframe: Fall 2017@ 10 hrs/wk. Possibility of extension for Winter 2018 and Summer 2018 term. Title: MCRI “Global Suburbanisms” – Research Assistant Salary: $5000/term Job Description: This research assistantship is linked to the MCRI Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century research project (www.yorku.ca/suburbs). The MCRI Global Suburbanisms project is a multi-year […]

Retrofitting Suburbia with Ellen Dunham-Jones a success!

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 […]

CFP: Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century; Graduate Student Pre-Conference

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 […]