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The Global Suburban Infrastructure Workshop June 14-16, 2015

Workshop Poster final (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School of Planning, University of Waterloo, 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 (pfilion@uwaterloo.ca, 519 888-4567×33963) or Roger Keil

View a copy of the conference program

View a copy of the presentation abstracts

 


 International Forum on Global Suburbanism May 9-11, 2015

DSC_0543Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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

 

View a copy of the conference program

View a copy of the presentation abstracts

 


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.”

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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.

 

 

 


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The Global Suburban Infrastructure Workshop

June 11, 2015
School of Planning, University of Waterloo, 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 growth, neglect of suburban populations relative more »

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International Forum on Global Suburbanism May 9-11, 2015

June 5, 2015
Fudan University, Shanghai, China 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 more »

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Sprawling segregation or compact integration? The challenge of the suburbs

June 2, 2015
New research from Kirk Brewer and Jill Grant examines patterns in the mix of uses and building unit densities in suburban developments over time. Their findings outline how market forces, conflicting regulations, demographic shifts, and local conditions may undermine efforts to transform suburban areas in ways that would make them more compact and integrated. Their more »

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Watch: Ute Lehrer on Waterfront Redevelopment (CTV News)

June 2, 2015
Professor Ute Lehrer speaks to CTV news about the speed of development in the Port Lands area of Toronto. Watch the video clip here.

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CBC The Current Interview: Ute Lehrer on Privately Owned Publicly-Accessible Spaces (POPS)

April 17, 2015
MCRI researcher Ute Lehrer speaks to Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC radio’s The Current about the exclusive nature of privately owned publicly-accessible spaces (POPS). Listen to the interview here.

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Mythical North American suburbs- Environment & Planning A

April 10, 2015
A special issue of Environment & Planning A, volume 47 (2015) is now in print with articles on San Francisco, Toronto, Miami, and the Piedmont urban region. North American suburbia in flux Guest Editorial- Jan Nijman The strange case of the Bay Area Richard Walker, Alex Schafran Using Toronto to explore three suburban stereotypes, and more »

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This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through funding from the Major Collaborative Research Initiative “Global suburbansims: governance, land, and infrastructure in the 21st century (2010-2017).