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Thursday, April 5 • 10:50am - 12:15pm
TH10.50.18 Understanding, Managing and Reconfiguring the North American Suburb

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The North American suburb has become increasingly complex from a social, economic and land-use perspective. But at the same time, features of the post-World-War-II North American suburb, such as its relatively low density, land-use specialization and near universal reliance on the automobile, have persisted to this day. These are aspects of the North American suburb that are targeted by smart growth and sustainable urbanization strategies attempting to foster a suburban pattern that is intensified, multifunctional and less automobile reliant. The session includes two presentations that examine the complexity of the contemporary North American suburb, and that describe the institutional governance mechanisms of suburbs and their impact on suburban urban form and transportation patterns. The three remaining presentations explore attempts to create walking- and public transit-conducive centres within the suburban realm. Such centres constitute the mainstay of strategies aiming to modify the land-use and journey dynamics of the North American suburb. The last three presentations describe the creation and transformation of centres, along with the conditions they must meet to be successful alternatives to prevailing suburban development trends. One of these presentations explores the transformation of a car-oriented edge city into a pedestrian- and transit-conducive suburban centre. Another presentation compares TOD strategies deployed in Canada’s two largest metropolitan regions and identifies conditions for TODs in these two regions to meet their modal share and land-use density and diversity objectives. And finally, the last presentation explores ways of creating walking- and public transit-hospitable environments in suburban centres, which will differentiate these centres from the rest of the suburban realm.


Moderator: Pierre Filion, University of Waterloo


Suburban Classifications and What They Mean 
Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Harvard University; Bernadette Hanlon, The Ohio State University; Shannon Rieger, Harvard University

Checks and Balances in Planning Systems and Their Impact on Suburbanization: British Columbia, Ontario and Israel 
Eran Razin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Changing the DNA of an Edge City: Tysons Struggles to Become Urban 
Igal Charney, University of Haifa

Between Transit-oriented Dispersion and Recentralisation: Addressing and Entrenching Car-Centric Dispersed Suburbanism in Greater Montreal and Toronto 
Olivier Roy-Baillargeon, University of Waterloo

Prioritizing Pedestrians to Increase Urban Growth Centre Activity: A Transformational Intervention, the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Canada 
Neluka Leanage, University of Waterloo; Pierre Filion, University of Waterloo


Thursday April 5, 2018 10:50am - 12:15pm
Linden (Mezzanine Floor)