Mapping the Dimensions of Suburbanisms

Our team of Canadian researchers affiliated with the Global Suburbanisms project has been busy investigating the evolving and highly variegated links between the metropolitan built environment, suburbanisms as ways of life, and the socio-demographic characteristics of residents in Canada’s largest metropolitan areas.

In the latest addition to the Atlas Maps and Data section, Pablo Mendez (UBC) presents a written analysis of the latest mapping outputs added to the project. Project lead Markus Moos, with the assistance of graduate researchers Anna Kramer and Robert Walter-Joseph, offer a series of compelling mapping visualizations of socioeconomic data across 23 cities and 3 dimensions of suburbanism. A few sample maps from Toronto offer an example of what has been mapped for the entire list of cities:

Built-form/Commute-mode dimension
homeownership, occupancy of detached single-family housing, and reliance on the private automobile
Domesticity dimension
incidence of couples with children at home, average house size expressed in number of rooms per dwelling, and time spent doing unpaid housework
Social Status dimension
incidence of high income, high levels of formal education, and employment in high-level managerial occupations


The complete set of analysis and maps can be found at the “Mapping the Dimensions of Suburbanism” page, under the “Atlas Maps & Data” main menu.

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School of Planning | University of Waterloo

Faculty of Environment | University of Waterloo

This research was supported by SSHRC through funding from the MCRI Global suburbansims: governance, land, and infrastructure in the 21st century (2010-2017)