Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, the crucial aspect of 21st century urban development is suburbanization - defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes all manner of peripheral growth: from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America. Suburbanism is the growing prevalence of qualitatively distinct "suburban ways of life". This Major Collaborative Research Initiative is the first major research project to systematically take stock of worldwide developments.
CRSC researcher Dr. Rob Shields is contributing a case study featuring the southeast Edmonton suburb of Mill Woods.
The Global Suburbanism MCRI website >>
Amiskwaciy - Suburbs for Settlers, Mill Woods Case Study >>