Title Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures
Subtitle Contemporary International Cases (Global Suburbanisms)
Author Pierre Filion, Nina M. Pulver
ISBN 9781487523619
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 424
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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“While this book contributes to the nascent field of suburban studies, it does so from an explicit infrastructural perspective. Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures is a timely contribution. I am really impressed by the quality of the individual contributions but, most of all, by the editors’ success at presenting them in a coherent manner and engaging them in an integrated argument.”

Vanesa Castán Broto, The Urban Institute, University of Sheffield

“Using cutting-edge scholarship and institutional, social, and environmental analyses, Critical Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures reveals the complex and varied interactions between infrastructure, urban development, and suburban lifestyles.”

Theresa Enright, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

“This collection makes a significant and much-needed contribution to continuing debates on infrastructure and metropolitan dynamics.”

Nik Luka, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture and School of Urban Planning, McGill University


Most new urban growth takes place in the suburbs; consequently, infrastructures are in a constant state of playing catch-up, creating repeated infrastructure crises in these peripheries. However, the push to address the tensions stemming from this rapid growth also allow the suburbs to be a major source of urban innovation. Taking a critical social science perspective to identify political, economic, social, and environmental issues related to suburban infrastructures, this book highlights the similarities and differences between suburban infrastructure conditions encountered in the Global North and Global South.

Adopting an international approach grounded in case studies from three continents, this book discusses infrastructure issues within different suburban and societal contexts: low-density infrastructure-rich Global North suburban areas, rapidly developing Chinese suburbs, and the deeply socially stratified suburbs of poor Global South countries. Despite stark differences between types of suburbs, there are features common to all suburban areas irrespective of their location, and similarities in the infrastructure issues confronting these different categories of suburbs.


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Chapter 1: Introduction: The Scope and Scales of Suburban Infrastructure (Pierre Filion, Roger Keil, and Nina M. Pulver)

Section 1: Situating Suburban Infrastructures

Chapter 2: In What Sense Suburban Infrastructure? (Jean-Paul D. Addie)

Chapter 3: Rescaling the Suburban: New Directions in the Relationship between Governance and Infrastructure (Janice Morphet)

Chapter 4: Financial Infrastructures of Suburbanism: From Suburbanization to Value Extraction (Alan Walks)

Section 2: Suburban Infrastructures in Crisis

Chapter 5: Phases of Neoliberal Infrastructure: Test Zones of Post-Soviet Europe (Frederick Peters)

Chapter 6: “Designed to Fail”: Technopolitics of Sewage in India’s Urban Periphery (Shubhra Gururani)

Chapter 7: Governance by Crises and Failing Infrastructure in Michigan: The 21st-Century Republican Strategy (Igor Vojnovic, Zeenat Kotval-K, Jeanette Eckert, and Xiaomeng Li)

Chapter 8: Infrastructure Interludes: Sociotechnical Disposition and Planning for Water and Wastewater Systems in the Stockholm Archipelago (Jonathan Rutherford)

Chapter 9: Suburban Constellations of Water Supply and Sanitation in Hanoi (Sophie Schramm and Lucía Wright-Contreras)

Section 3: Reshaping Suburban Infrastructures

Chapter 10: The “In-Between Territories” of Suburban Infrastructure Politics (David Wachsmuth)

Chapter 11: Recentralization and Green Infrastructures: Seeking Compatibility between Alternatives to North American Suburban Development (Sara Saboonian and Pierre Filion)

Chapter 12: “Greenfrastructure”: The Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt as Urban Boundary? (Sara Macdonald and Lucy Lynch)

Chapter 13: Building on Quicksand: Infrastructural Megaprojects in China (Xuefei Ren)

Chapter 14: Retrofitting Obsolete Suburbs: Networks, Fixes, and Divisions (Rebecca Ince And Simon Marvin)

Chapter 15: The Uneven Outcomes of Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Planning: The Case of Montreal and Vancouver Commuters (Markus Moos and Jonathan Woodside)

Chapter 16: Conclusion: Unified and Diverse Perspectives on Suburban Infrastructures (Pierre Filion and Nina M. Pulver)



About the Editors:

Pierre Filion is Professor at the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Nina M.Pulver is a PhD candidate in Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Target Audience:

People interested in infrastructure, urban development, and suburban lifestyles.


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