Wrap Up: Arrival City edition of the City Builder Book Club

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.

Powers of Towers

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.

Picks from the Toronto Public Library: Chapter 10

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.

CH 10: Arriving in style

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.

Picks from the Toronto Public Library: Chapter 9

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.

Interactive Activity: Notes from our ‘Tower Renewal in the Arrival City’ Webinar

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.

CH 9: Arrival’s end: Mud floor to middle class

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.

Picks from the Toronto Public Library: Chapter 8

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.

CH 8: The new city confronts the old world

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.

Picks from the Toronto Public Library: Chapter 7

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.

CH 7: When the margins explode

Toronto- and New York-based documentary filmmaker Paramita Nath on Arrival City Chapter 7: When the Margins Explode. Paramita shares her experience working in Mumbai with the NFB’s Highrise Digital Citizenship project and the fight to retain occupied illegally-built housing at the Campa Cola Complex.

Picks from the Toronto Public Library: Chapter 6

Suggestions for extended reading to accompany Chapter 6 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.