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Suburbanicity Blog

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

Twelve Theses on the Suburb as the Chief Artifact of the Anthropocene

Roger Keil

‘The imminent collapse of our civilization is standing in two key aspects of our civilization that are driving it over the edge: suburban living and the obsession wit… Read more

Published April 20th, 2016 in Suburbanicity Blog


By Sean Hertel, Michael Collens and Roger Keil


In the fast-growing, complex and diverse Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, transit discussions rarely focus on improving … Read more

Published February 2nd, 2016 in Suburbanicity Blog

Beyond the white picket fence

An interview discussing Suburban Governance: A Global View with Roger Keil. By Sarah Wesseler

With more people gravitating toward cities than ever before, new urban morpholo… Read more

Published March 30th, 2015 in Suburbanicity Blog

Switching Tracks: Transit Equity Needs Attention in Toronto

By Michael Collens, Sean Hertel and Roger Keil

What is transit equity and how can we ensure we get it as we roll out major transit investments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area … Read more

Published March 27th, 2015 in Suburbanicity Blog

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