Towards Suburbia, York U speaker series address what’s next in suburbs


TORONTO, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 – The suburbs have often been unfairly maligned, but they continue to grow and push further away from cities, while attracting millions to call them home. The changing nature and significance suburbs around the world will be discussed during the Towards Suburbia Speaker Series at York University.

Poster for Towards Suburbia Speaker Series with a couple of homes being built

WHAT: Third speaker in the Towards Suburbia Speaker Series, which runs as the seven-year Major Collaborative Research Initiative Global Suburbanisms wraps up.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 12:30 to 2pm

WHO: York U Professor Abidin Kusno of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and director of the York Centre for Asian Research. He is the author of several books, including After the New Order: Space, Politics and Jakarta and The Appearances of Memory: Mnemonic Practices of Architecture and Urban Form in Indonesia.

Kusno will look at Jakarta as an example of semi-urbanization and how many areas of Southeast Asia are experiencing a hybrid form of urban and rural, different from the urban sprawl most thought of with suburbanization.

WHERE: 140 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, Keele campus (number 31 on the map).

The remaining speakers will discuss different aspects of suburbia on the following dates:

  • Markus Moos & Robert Walter-Joseph, University of Waterloo
    October 4, from 5:30 to 7:30pm
    Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond
  • Rob Shields, University of Alberta
    October 11, from 12:30 to 2pm
    140 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building
    Keele campus, York University
  • Andre Ortega, University of Philippines
    November 8, from 12:30 to 2pm
    140 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building
    Keele campus, York University
  • Liette Gilbert, York University
    November 29, from 12:30 to 2pm
    140 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building
    Keele campus, York University


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