Launch of the Institute for New Suburbanism aka @INSupdates

The launch of the Institute for New Suburbanism aka the INS took place on September 15th, 2016, at 1686 Ellesmere Road, in Scarborough, Ontario.

The Institute for New Suburbanism supports research and dialogue about the future of Community Planning, Design and Development in metropolitan areas. The INS is the active branch of the New Suburbanism Research Group, a non-profit connecting people and conversations across continents.

Map of Scarborough Centre, in Eastern Toronto, Ontario

Opening remarks were delivered by Member of Parliament Salma Zahid, who focused on health care and housing in the Greater Toronto Area. Letters of greetings from Member of Parliament Arnold Chan and the Mayor of the City of Toronto John Tory, were read out to launch attendees.

Keynote speakers included INS Executive Director Dave Hardy, and Andre Sorensen, Head of Geography at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

Presentation by Andre Sorensen, Ph.D

Professor Sorensen specializes in the study of urban areas, their governance, and the methods by which their planning regimes evolve. Recently, Sorensen collaborated with Paul Hess on a paper featured in the Town Planning Review. The essay extends different ideas presented at the Fall lecture.

Building suburbs, Toronto-style: land development regimes, institutions, critical junctures and path dependence

A fundamental characteristic of Toronto-region suburban development has been the creation of a distinctive and robust model of planning for greenfield land development, at relatively high densities, with a mix of housing types, and significant continuity of built form. A plan-led system was created with subdivision control as the primary instrument, and zoning used only to lock in the detailed development patterns negotiated between municipalities and developers, the reverse of most US practice. The system became highly path-dependent because it created a stable institutional setting, reduced risks, and generated a powerful new actor, the oligopoly of large housing developers.

References for this essay can be viewed at:

Presentation by Dave Hardy, RPP