News & Events



14 April - Book Launch of In the Suburbs of History: Modernist Visions of the Urban Periphery by Steven Logan (5:30-7 PM)

On the occasion of the publication of Steven Logan's In the Suburbs of History, this book launch puts Logan in conversation with The Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic and journalist and author Amanda Kolson Hurley. The launch will be hosted by Professor William Jenkins, Interim Director of the City Institute, with introductions by Professor Roger Keil, editor of the Global Suburbanisms book series. Register here.


In the Suburbs of History challenges the divisions between East and West and in doing so reassembles the shared histories of modern architecture and urbanism as it shaped and re-shaped the periphery of cities in the 20th century. Drawing on archives, interviews, architectural journals, and site visits to the peripheries of Prague and Toronto, Logan reveals the intertwined histories of capitalist and socialist urban planning. Examining socialist utopias and capitalist visions of the edge city, Logan shows that the history of the suburbs is not simply a history of competing urban forms; rather, it is a history of alternatives that sought out collective solutions over the dominant model of single-family home ownership and car-dominated spaces.

Steven Logan is adjunct faculty and 2021/2022 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Communication, Culture, and Information Technology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

The event is hosted by City Institute at York University and co-presented by Global Suburbanisms  and University of Toronto Press.  Registered participants will be given discount code for the book when purchased at the University of Toronto Press website .


29 March - Art, Design, and Climate Justice (2:30-4:15 PM)

This public dialogue brought together a dynamic group of artist-scholars from different international sites (Canada, New Zealand, UK) to reflect the intersection of art, design, and public space, and explore how artists can play key roles in imagining sustainable cities. It was the first event in the 2021 Design Justice Speaker Series, which explored how design can challenge social inequities, empower marginalized communities, and engage in worldbuilding that supports cultural and ecological survival. See the program here.


The event was co-presented by York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology, Institute for Research on Digital Literacies, CITY Institute, and Glendon Communications Programme.




December 8 - The CITY Institute at York University was proud to present Global Diseases & Resistance Networks in Olympic Cities   Featuring Spike Freidman (LA 2028),  Dr. Itani Satoko (Tokyo 2020), Dr. Laura Murray (Rio 2016), and Dr. Christine O'Bonsawin (Vancouver 2010).  Moderated by Dr. Amanda De Lisio

Open Access Reference List (click here)


November 19 - Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, in partnership with the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, and the City Institute presented Municipal Governance and the Future of Housing. featuring Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor and Member, Planning and Housing Committee, City of Toronto; Craig Sauvé, City Councillor and Associate Member, Executive Committee for Housing, City of Montréal; Cheryll Case, Principal Urban Planner and Founder, CP Planning; Martine August, Assistant Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo; and Grayson Alabiso-Cahill, Law Student, University of Toronto and Volunteer, Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations

Moderated by Joe Mihevc, Visiting Professor, City Institute, York University and Former Toronto City Councillor


October 22 - The Glendon School of Public and International Affairs hosted the seminar - The Right to Home: Housing Affordability in Toronto featuring panelists: Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie, Dr. Nemoy Lewis and Scott Leon.


October 9 - The CITY Institute at York University was proud to present Covid-19 and the City: Centres and Peripheries featuring: Harris Ali, York University; Samantha Biglieri, Ryerson University; and Roger Keil, York University.