TORONTO, September 19, 2013 – More than half the world’s population lives in cities and much of what counts as urbanization is actually suburbanization, from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America. From Thursday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Sept. 28, The City Institute at York University will bring together more than 100 scholars and urban practitioners from around the world to explore this universal – yet often overlooked – suburban experience.
The York U City Institute’s Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century conference will feature dozens of panels on issues such as reducing auto-dependency, social justice and immigrant settlement in local suburbs.
• Most urban growth worldwide in the 21st century takes the form of peripheral or suburban development. Whether by choice or by force, builders, residents and workers, rich and poor, construct, live and work in urban peripheries around the world.
• According to a new report, despite the downtown condo boom, five times as many Canadians continue to opt for homes on our cities’ suburban edges.
• (Sub)Urbanization marks the moment of our shared experience as planetary citizens even though built forms differ. Problems in Don Mills or Rexdale have counterparts in Paris and Shanghai.
• Suburban building forms in Brampton, ON, or Surrey, BC, both lead and follow developments in South Asia and China; global processes have local connections.
Conference highlights include:
• The launch of Suburban Constellations, edited by York University professor Roger Keil – the first major publication of the MCRI; a first account of global developments in a widely illustrated, comprehensive volume.
• The unveiling of the Greater Toronto Suburban Working Group's "Roundtable Report", a call to arms for citizen activists and political change developed by a multi-sectoral group of Greater Toronto Area agencies, scholars and practitioners aimed at changing the conversation and taking the sub out of suburbanisms (Sept. 27,12:45pm)
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What: Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st conference
Where: Registration will be at the CIBC Lobby of the Accolade East Building, Sept. 26, 11:30am (#92 on map)
When: September 26-28, 2013
The Major Collaborative Research Initiative’s Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This conference, presented through CITY, in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute and sponsored by SSHRC and York University, represents the mid-term meeting of this initiative.
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