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Over the course of 2014-2016, the Center for Advanced Urbanism’s research and design team examined the future of suburbia, and emerging trends globally. It is anticipated that the vast majority of the additional three billion people worldwide by the end of this century, will live in a fabric that is considered suburban in character: horizontal and dispersed. In collaboration with Visiting Artists at MIT’s Center for Art, Science and Technology, the team documented the global suburban condition through the lenses of expansion, typology, and the environmental interface.

Global snapshots provide a window into the global condition presented as brief case studies by three panelists. Ellen Lou's work touches on Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nusajaya West, and Nanhu China. Sebastian Fernandez Cortina shares Infonavit’s work in Mexico, whilst Matthew Niederhauser showcases suburban examples from China, India and U.S.

Additional readings on topic:

Allen, A. (2017) ‘Beyond suburbia? Urban transitions across the global south’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 682-695.

Coy, M.,  Sandholz, S., Töpfer, T., and Zirkl, F. (2017) ‘Brazilian suburbs: marginality, informality, and exclusivity’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 696-707.

Mason, R. J. and Nigmatullina, L. (2017) ‘Dachascapes and dystopias’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 708-721.

Pitcher, A. and Croese, S. (2017) ‘Turbo-suburbanism in Luanda’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 722-731

Segal, R. (2017) ‘The dark side of suburbia: Israeli settlements of the West Bank’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 732-743.

Capron, G. and Alba, M. (2017) ‘Mexico's suburban dream’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 88-103.

Elliott, R. (2017) ‘Australia's misplaced war on the suburban dream’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.).Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 104-113.

Mehrotra, R. and Sharma, K. A. (2017) ‘Navi Mumbai: from New Town to suburbia’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 398-413.

Marcinkoski, C. (2017) ‘Spain's speculative urbanization’, in Berger, Alan, Kotkin, Joel, & Guzman, Celina Balderas (eds.). Infinite Suburbia. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, pp. 378-397.