Seminar 3: Peripheral Centralities - Present and Planned

York University, Toronto | Room 519 Kaneff | November 1-2, 2022
Online | December 15, 2022

Hosted locally by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change and the City Institute at York University.

Hosted online by The Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne.

This seminar focuses on examples of present and planned future peripheral centralities. It explores their meaning and function in a changing urban and suburban landscape. It aims to reappraise suburbanisation processes and their outcomes, and to inform how we theorize the urban/suburban in academic discourse.. The seminar is hosted by York University and is held in Toronto, Canada.


DAY 1 | Tuesday, November 1


Opening Remarks | Roger Keil, Paul Maginn, Nick Phelps

10:00 – 11:30

Chair: Nick Phelps

Julien Aldhuy, Sophie Didier, Loïc Vadelorge (and students)

Peripheral centralities in Val d'Europe, east of Paris: the logics of assemblage between Disneyland Paris and New Town principles of planning

Aseem Inam

Redesigning Peripheral Centralities: An Experiment in Toronto

Maik Kiesler, Floris Bernhardt

Beyond the Hierarchy. Finding and Exploring Genuine Centralities in German Metropolitan Regions

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 13:15

Chair: Paul Maginn

Astrid Safina

Centering the inconspicuous. Retrieving a central role from peripheral and alternative global spaces in Aspropyrgos

Julie Cidell
Distribution at the Periphery: Inland Ports and Regional Infrastructure

Katherine Perrott

Rendering density: Power of illustrations and illustrations of power

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 16:15

Chair: Katherine Perrott

Sophia Ilyniak

Back on the map? De/centering the ‘community benefit’ in Weston, Ontario

Erica Dorn

Building Affection for Suburbs Through Civic Infrastructure

Sara Macdonald, Cara Chellew & Sean Hertel

The peripheral centralities of greenbelts

16:30 – 17:30

Book launch After Suburbia


Dinner downtown

DAY 2 | Wednesday, November 2

10:00 – 11:30

Chair: Brian Doucet

Frédéric Mercure Jolette, Clarence Hatton-Proulx, Sophie L. Van Neste

From Oil Refinery to Golf and Green Park: The Quest for Peripheral Autonomy in a Changing Metropolitan Context

Zachary Dark

The Dam Headquarters as a Symbol of Eco-Modernism

Camilla Perrone

Suburban regeneration via social inclusion and participatory design: Turning the prison of Florence (Italy) into e peripheral centrality

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 13:15

Chair: Roger Keil

Steven Logan

Time out of Space: Data Centres and Co-Working Spaces on the GTA Periphery

Brian Doucet, Emma McDougall, Aleksandra Petrovic, Martine August

From central peripheries to peripheral centralities: gentrification, displacement and light rail transit in Waterloo Region

Martina Loi

Tales from the road. An experience of critical visual narration along the road SS 554

13:15 – 15:15

Lunch – Trip to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and SmartCentres led by Sean Hertel and Sally Chau, York Region.

15:15 – 16:15

Chair: tbd

Luisa Sotomayor, Ryan Whitney

Peripheral imaginations and infrastructural misfunctions: Electric escalators and policy mobility at the margins of Medellin and Mexico City

Hannes Langguth

Same Same But Different: Chinese large-scale infrastructure investments and the (re-)making of peripheral centralities in Eastern Germany

June Williamson

Incremental Metropolitanism: An Assessment of Retrofitting Suburbia's Endgame


Final remarks: Next steps & publication plans | Phelps, Maginn, Keil


Seminar 3B Program - 15th December 2022, hosted via Zoom

Session 1

2.00pm – 4.00pm AEDT (Melbourne, GMT +11)

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Session 2

5.00 – 7.00pm AEDT (Melbourne, GMT +11)

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Session 3

7.30 – 9.30pm AEDT (Melbourne, GMT +11)

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The University of Melbourne
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York University

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