Arrival City

The Centre for City Ecology and Cities of Migration are joining forces to bring you an engaging online discussion of Arrival City. Facilitated by a cast of global contributors who will respond to each chapter, we hope to stimulate an energetic dialogue with input from people who are working locally on issues of urban migration.


Our book club is a global collective or readers and contributors around the world, which is why we are pleased to host a webinar for our world wide network. Parks to Farms: Urban Migration and Community Development in Tower Hamlets and Thorncliffe Park January 29, 2015 — 10AM EST (Toronto) Neighbourhoods like Tower Hamlets (London) […]

photo by Cyrus Sundar Singh

This week, the City Builder Book Club held its first live event to kick of the Arrival City edition of the club: Arrival Cities: Global Framework + Local Discourse, with Arrival City author Doug Saunders and activist, researcher, and HIGHRISE film collaborator Emily Paradis. Below, Centre for City Ecology volunteer Anna Wynveen recaps the evening, […]

Did you catch Doug Saunders’ latest in the Globe and Mail? He talks about downtown Toronto as an arrival city for immigrants and youth and the impact of gentrifying the housing market in neighbourhoods that traditionally attract them. It’s really great food for thought — and fuel for important conversations we need to have.


Join us in Toronto for a LIVE PREVIEW of the next edition of the City Builder Book Club! Arrival Cities: Global Framework + Local Discourse Tuesday, December 09 – 6-8pm Bloor-Gladstone Library, (1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto) Free – RSVP Canadian journalist and Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World author DOUG SAUNDERS will lay the […]


If you’re in Toronto, make a beeline over to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema to watch “Slums: Cities of Tomorrow” by Quebecois director Jean-Nicolas Orhon. It is a wonderfully crafted, humbling, and humanizing take on bidonvilles around the world — from Istanbul and Mumbai to New Jersey and Quebec. It’s a beautiful complement to Arrival […]

Photojournalist Noah Addis has a beautiful set of photos of informal settlements as part of his project Future Cities over at LensCulture. He has travelled all over the world for his job and along the way he has snapped photos of areas of informal development in every corner of the globe. In addition to Future […]

Photo by Kevin Jones

Back to Brazil! CityLab reports that Google and Microsoft have been mapping favelas and people seem pretty pleased about it. Victors write history, right? So literally being put on the map is a form of validation of, well, existence. This is overall a positive step from the technological giants after Google honoured the mayor of […]

Exciting news from Toronto! Thorncliffe Park, the arrival city in our home city, has welcomed a brand new addition to the neighbourhood: North America’s first public tandoor oven. It’s no secret that food is, above all else, what brings people together, especially in a diaspora. It’s one thing to be able to go to one […]

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In a country famously known for its nomadic lifestyle to this day, it’s hard to imagine what its big city would look like in the 21st century. In Mongolia, Ulaanbataar is getting a modern makeover as it matures in its post-Soviet days and glistening towers shoot up, accommodating the settled urbanites and foreigners temporarily settled […]


The Vancouver Sun recently wrote about people who are anchored at one end of the spectrum in the world of global migration and housing: affluent transnational migrants. These are people who ricochet around the world, briefly establishing themselves in several places in order to propel themselves upwards on the ladder of educational and financial success. […]


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