[URBANTH-L]CFP: A Suburban World? Global Decentralization and the New Metropolis, Reston, VA

Benito Vergara bvergara at sfsu.edu
Tue Dec 19 10:20:35 EST 2006

Call for abstracts (due by April 30, 2007, submission opens January 1, 2007)

International conference
Reston, Virginia, USA
April 6-April 8, 2008

A Suburban World? Global Decentralization and the New Metropolis

Hosted by Dr. Robert Lang (Metropolitan Institute), Dr. Paul Knox (Virginia
Tech), and Dr. Edward Blakeley (University of Sydney)

We have entered a new era where the areas outside worldwide core cities are
forming different settlement systems. In Europe, even tight building
controls have not curbed the appetite of households to move out of the
central cities. China and India, with fast-growing middle classes, are
witnessing a startling expansion of their urban areas with rapid
auto-dependent growth on the fringe. Mexico and Indonesia are beginning to
adapt American-style suburban development patterns. As urban form changes,
new research and policy have to be created to address the challenges of
sprawl, congestion, and affordable housing. This conference will explore
these and other issues in the American as well as international context.

* Immigration/Changing Demographics of the Suburbs
* Special Segregation by Lifestyle/Economics; Gated Communities
* Megapolitans/Metropolitan Form
* Transportation
* Energy Consumption/Sustainable Environment
* Disasters/Adaptation
* Transnational Communities/Residential Tourism
* Governance & Regulation
* Business of Suburbia/Economic Development/Economic Space
* Suburban Decline
* Urban Form at the Neighborhood Level
* Newburbia/Newtowns
* History

Conference Website:

asuburbanworld at vt.edu

Katrin B. Anacker
Post Doctoral Fellow
Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech
Suite 100
1021 Prince St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
e. kanacker at vt.edu
ph. 703.838.8320
fx. 703.518.8009

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