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The social life of flooding in Jakarta

The social life of flooding in Jakarta

The issues around flooding have increasingly received attention in a variety of fields, and Jakarta has been a primary case study for a lot of researchers including Abidin Kusno, professor and director at the York Centre for Asian Research. Existing research has significantly contributed to our understanding of the inadequate institutional, organizational and individual capacities for flood

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Documenting spaces for us, created by us!

Documenting spaces for us, created by us!

As a person who identifies as a homosexual Afro-Asian cis-man, Jc Elijah (Eli) ​M. Bawuah has experienced complex intersectional facets of oppression and isolation that dissociates him from several urban spaces. Drawing on such experiences for his MES project, he delves into creating an exploratory documentary that looks at the socio-spatial impacts of exclusionary planning and design

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Next stop: Equity -- Routes to fairer transit access in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area

Next stop: Equity -- Routes to fairer transit access in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area

In the fast growing, complex and diverse Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), transit discussions rarely focus on improving access for the greatest number of people and addressing the complex needs of the public. As plans are made, money is spent, routes are plotted and far schedules are set, "transit equity" must enter the discussion.

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Sustainable Neighborhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP): Program Evaluation and Lessons Learned for Accelerating Environmental Improvement in Established Neighborhoods

Sustainable Neighborhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP): Program Evaluation and Lessons Learned for Accelerating Environmental Improvement in Established Neighborhoods

MITACS Accelerate Internship Program The graduate student, along with her academic and industry supervisors, evaluated the Sustainable Neighborhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) program. Three pilot SNAPs were studied to improve the design and delivery of the program as well as its transferability to other neighbourhoods within and beyond the Greater Toronto Area. Researcher: PI: Laura

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Contested Countryside: Land use conflicts in Southern Ontario

Contested Countryside: Land use conflicts in Southern Ontario

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) The project examines the complex environmental, political, social and economic relations concerning controversies that implicate rural and urban regions and communities. It focuses on two dimensions of complexity: (1) evolving rural-urban relations through conflicts over land use and/or local development initiatives; and (2) role played by knowledge-based authority

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From Rubble to Refuge: Ecological Restoration and the Aggregate Product Cycle in Toronto, Canada

From Rubble to Refuge: Ecological Restoration and the Aggregate Product Cycle in Toronto, Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) The research aimed to advance knowledge and understanding of the relationship between urban industrialization and environment naturalization in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It used the aggregate product cycle as a case study to explore the reconstitution of the urban landscape and the ways aesthetic conceptualizations of urban

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Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land, and Infrastructure in the 21st century

Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land, and Infrastructure in the 21st century

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 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

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Changing Urban Waterfronts

Changing Urban Waterfronts

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) The overarching question the research addressed was: How have various discourses and practices combined to produce and regulate Toronto's waterfront as a socio-economic and ecological space? Two books have been released as a result of the study: Transforming Urban Waterfronts: Fixity and Flow (2010) edited by Gene Desfor,

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Comparing Metropolitan Governance in Transatlantic Perspective: Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Frankfurt

Comparing Metropolitan Governance in Transatlantic Perspective: Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Frankfurt

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) A comparative investigation of the globally-induced transformation of metropolitan governance systems in Toronto, Montreal, Paris and Frankfurt. The project focused on the urban region with its growing web of metropolitan governance. The emergence of collective action at the metropolitan level in Canada and Europe were examined through infrastructure,

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