The Atlas of Suburbanisms is an online platform for making publicly available research and data on the character of suburban development in Canada. The project moves from analyzing suburbs as specific places to mapping and illuminating “suburbanisms” as ways of living.

Built-form/Commute-mode dimension

Part of a larger SSHRC-funded major research initiative (led by Roger Keil at York University), the Atlas is the product of a team of researchers and graduate students led by Dr. Markus Moos, Assistant Professor in the School of Planning. The Atlas contains a vast array of maps and data describing the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of major Canadian metropolitan areas.

Markus Moos

The Atlas is intended to make us question the concept of suburban life using a data-driven approach. The project aims to contribute to the discourse on Canada’s changing suburbs by providing information and analysis accessible to academics, policy-makers, practitioners and the public.

The Atlas derives from Dr. Moos’ larger research program, which studies the changing economies and socio-spatial structure of cities. He is especially interested in the implications of changing labour and housing markets for urban policy and planning. Dr. Moos frames his research to inform current social equity and environmental sustainability debates.

Michael Seasons,
MA Candidate, School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Michael is the communications lead and a research assistant with the Atlas of Suburbanisms project. Visit the Atlas of Suburbanisms online.

+/ Update: Roger Kiel, principal investigator of the Global Suburbanisms research project speaks at Waterloo on March 19th. Check calendar for   more details.
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