The Global Suburbanisms Book Launch
Planetary suburbanisms – regional solutions?
We live in a world of expanding city regions. The Toronto and Waterloo region are prime examples of a global dynamic that involves tendencies of both intensified and sprawling urban form. As inner cities have once more become attractive to creative economic activities and residential use, the expansion of the suburban footprint into the region has equally picked up speed.
These dynamics result increasingly in complex problems related to housing and infrastructures. Massive existing and emerging housing estates, both of ground related and multi-family units, blanket the regional landscape with densities varying across the region’s places to grow. Existing infrastructures burst at the seams while new and much needed technologies of new mobility, communication, environmental and social services are not coming on line fast enough.
Leading researchers in the Toronto and Waterloo region, in cooperation with colleagues from around the world as part of York University’s Global Suburbanisms research project, have studied housing and infrastructures in the suburbanizing regions. Their findings, relevant to academics, planners, urbanists and activists, are now available in two jointly launched books published by the University of Toronto Press in their the Global Suburbanisms Book Series.
Please join us Monday May 13, 2019 for the launch of these groundbreaking new books!
5pm-7pm at A Different Booklist
779 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Editors and authors will introduce the books and there is the chance to converse over refreshments.
About the Books:
Massive Suburbanization: (Re)building the Global Periphery edited by K. Murat Güney, Roger Keil, and Murat Üçoğlu provides a systematic overview of large-scale housing projects in the urban periphery. Global in focus – from large-scale suburban projects in Canada, the former Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, and the United States to new peripheral estates in China, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, the Philippines, South Africa, and Turkey – Massive Suburbanization builds a new discussion pertaining to the problems of the urban periphery, urbanization, and the neoliberal production of space. Massive Suburbanization centres Istanbul as an inter-referencing point for large-scale housing projects, bringing back the city into global focus while revealing many fragments for further investigation.
As much of the new urban growth in cities is taking place in the periphery, infrastructures are in a constant state of playing catch-up to rapid development. They are also places of major urban innovation. Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures: Contemporary International Cases, edited by Pierre Filion and Nina M. Pulver identifies various political, economic, social, and environmental issues related to suburban infrastructures. It also highlights the similarities and differences between suburban infrastructure conditions encountered in the Global North and Global South.