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Foundational Research

Global Suburbanisms does foundational research in four areas. The MCRI’s three conceptual components – governance, land and infrastructure – are developed through workshops and joint state of the art literature reviews. It is our intention to broaden and deepen our understanding of these conceptual areas through a interdisciplinary, multi-linguistic, multi-experiential conversation among team members. The team leads for these projects are Pierre Hamel, Richard Harris and Pierre Filion respectively. Through this process, we develop a common language, approach and methodology, which aspire to be post-colonial and critical in the ways in which they describe, explain and analyze global suburbanisms. In addition, our Universal Benchmarking project produces fundamental data from large metropolitan areas across Canada, in order to quantify and map the spread of suburbanization in the country. This study, led by Markus Moos, is meant to provide both a comprehensive image of this process in Canada, using innovative categories and methods, and to produce a suggested blueprint for similar studies in other countries and regions.

A1: Universal Benchmarking | A2: Governance | A3: Land | A4: Infrastructure