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Suburbanicity Blog

News, updates and ideas from Roger Keil, principal investigator of Global Suburbanisms.

In order to green Toronto, we have to go to its fringes and beyond

By Roger Keil

The book The Natural City, edited by Ingrid Leman Stefanovic and Stephen Bede Scharper, provides a wonderful cross-section of state of the art thinking on urban-nat… Read more

Published March 8th, 2015 in Suburbanicity Blog

Town and gown in postsuburbia: Toronto’s universities in the global age

By Jean-Paul Addie and Roger Keil

Toronto is a university town. But more and more, the weight of student numbers shifts out of the central city into the sprawling Canadian metropol… Read more

Published May 20th, 2014 in News, Suburbanicity Blog

Resilience: not a cuddly kitten, more like a beastly cat

Roger Keil

Resilience is a tough and controversial term. Inspired by a recent invective by Tom Slater, in which he roundly rejects resilience as a concept and bemoans especially i… Read more

Published February 24th, 2014 in News, Suburbanicity Blog

Sub/urbanization and density: A few critical notes

Roger Keil

Density is a concept that enjoys much love in urbanist circles.(1) It is often seen as a necessary precondition for sustainability and even resilience. It has become a r… Read more

Published February 14th, 2014 in News, Suburbanicity Blog

Critical Urbanism: My football team of sub/urban books in 2013

Roger Keil

As 2013 draws to a close, I am reflecting on a few critical urban books that have taught me something during the past year. Not all of them are brand new. They are not the only … Read more

Published December 17th, 2013 in Suburbanicity Blog

What do we know about the ‘Suburban Revolution’?

Roger Keil

We are in the middle of a suburban revolution. It comes in two waves. The majority of migrants from distant shores or the domestic countryside end up on the edges of the met… Read more

Published September 27th, 2013 in Suburbanicity Blog

Welcome to Toronto after suburbs

Roger Keil

The inner suburbs in Toronto are places of great contradiction: hyperconnectivity and total lack of connectivity; universities and strip clubs; airport runways and … Read more

Published April 2nd, 2013 in Suburbanicity Blog

What’s with all the hype about Hipsturbia?

Roger Keil

Raw data. That’s all we want. When one of our research teams conducted expert interviews in the suburban municipalities of Barrie and Markham  last year to study their … Read more

Published February 19th, 2013 in Suburbanicity Blog

Markham as a Multi-Ethnic Ethnoburb: New Research

Arizona State University scholar Wei Li popularized the notion of an ethnoburb in her research on the St.Gabriel Valley in Southern California in the 1990s. The concept has since … Read more

Published November 8th, 2012 in Suburbanicity Blog

Fixing the towers in the plains or building castles in the sky

By Roger Keil

Kat Cizek’s NFB documentary One Millionth Tower won the Heritage Toronto Award 2012  in the media category on October 9, 2012. This is a major accomplishment, one in … Read more

Published October 10th, 2012 in News, Suburbanicity Blog