Today, we are facing new realities of globalized urbanization, where central city and suburbs are blending. This has resulted in new forms of suburbia and city fringes. In this lecture, Roger Keil (York University) argues, therefore, that it is time for an intervention into urban theory on suburbia on the basis of these transformations.
Often, suburbs have been discussed as a phenomenon associated with the Anglo-Saxon societal model. Private land ownership, consumerist capitalism and the ideology of freedom prevalent in the United Kingdom and British settler societies have made Australia, Canada, the United States, and to some degree Britain itself, ideal places for the prototypical single-family home residential suburb to thrive during the twentieth century. But Anglo-Saxon suburbia needs to be re-evaluated in a global context as newer forms of suburbanization have given rise to the need for rethinking urban theory overall.
In this lecture, Roger Keil will examine these developments and their consequences for sub/urban theory and practice today. Afterwards, Yannis Tzaninis and Floor Milikowski will respond and share their reactions on these research findings.