Infrastructure Canada Peer Reviewed Research Studies Program
With city planning focused primarily on the downtown and suburban regions, what lies "in between" has yet to be explored. Using the region surrounding York University, this research project investigated the relationships between investments in highways, airports, institutions and industrial structures, and the frequently under-serviced residential and natural areas that lie among them. An edited book In-Between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability (2011) tells the story of Canada's contemporary urbanization. Between the glamour zones of the creative inner (global) city economies on one end and the sprawling new regional economies on the other, there is now a new set of sociospatial arrangements that characterize the current period of urban expansion more than others called "in-between cities". These spaces now appear as the most dynamic and problematic forms of (sub)urbanization. The book presents a focus on infrastructures in the in-between city and features original chapters by some of Canada?s leading urban thinkers as well as new voices in the debate.
Researcher: PI: Roger Keil, Co-PIs: Engin Isin, Patricia Wood, Douglas Young, and John Saunders (York)
Project Theme: Urban Planning