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For the Book Club, we wanted to create a program that paralleled the narrative structure of Saunders’ book. We invited contributors from across the globe to post weekly commentaries that shared insight into the global process of urban migration, from a personal and geographically specific point of view that spoke to their work and experience and ideas.

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Canadian urbanism magazine Spacing has just release a fantastic short film on Toronto’s Tower Neighbourhood Renewal project, focusing on the work of Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali, recipients of the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize and contributors to the City Builder Book Club.

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Our final collection of extended reading to accompany Arrival City, recommended by the librarians at the Toronto Reference Library. The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library (formerly located at Metro Hall), a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government. Each week, TPL librarians Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos select titles of books that can be found at the Library that complement the themes discussed in each chapter of Arrival City.

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Gerben Helleman, a Rotterdam-based urban geographer and writer behind the blog Urban Springtime, on Arrival City Chapter 10. Gerben explores immigration in the Netherlands by looking at the planned vs. the lived city, and argues for the need to leave room for spontaneity and small-scale solutions in the arrival city.

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Suggestions for extended reading to accompany Chapter 9 of Arrival City. The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library (formerly located at Metro Hall), a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government. Each week, TPL librarians Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos select titles of books that can be found at the Library that complement the themes discussed in each chapter of Arrival City.

Image via ERA Architects' Tower Renewal blog

Last week, we hosted our second webinar, presented by Cities of Migration and the Centre for City Ecology as a special interactive element of the City Builder Book Club. Titled “Tower Renewal in the Arrival City”, the webinar demonstrated how investments in social and physical infrastructure in tower neighbourhoods are unlocking the potential of Toronto’s arrival city neighbourhoods as thriving, connected, supportive communities.

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Beatriz Vicino, a São Paulo-based architect and educator, on Arrival City Chapter 9. Beatriz shares her thoughts on the potential to travel from São Paulo’s geographic, social, and economic periphery to the urban middle class, weaving in her perspective on the city’s 2013 riots, marginality and consumption, and the right to the city.

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Suggestions for extended reading to accompany Chapter 8 of Arrival City. The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library (formerly located at Metro Hall), a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government. Each week, TPL librarians Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos select titles of books that can be found at the Library that complement the themes discussed in each chapter of Arrival City.

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Esra Kücük and Robin Laumann of Berlin’s Junge Islam Konferenz on Arrival City Chapter 8. In recent years, German arrival cities have undergone a process of structural change, and Berlin exemplifies this transformation vividly. And still, “citizenship in both the legal and the cultural sense” – as Sanders insightfully remarks – is a crucial factor for arrival in Germany, and sadly, still missing to a large extent.

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Suggestions for extended reading to accompany Chapter 7 of Arrival City. The Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge St. now houses the collection of the Urban Affairs Library (formerly located at Metro Hall), a specialized collection devoted to all aspects of urban planning and local government. Each week, TPL librarians Cynthia Fisher and Bessie Nellopoulos select titles of books that can be found at the Library that complement the themes discussed in each chapter of Arrival City.

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