Time and the Suburbs

 

Time and the Suburbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are told that cities do magical things. Urban places like New York, Toronto, and Vancouver are celebrated as economic and cultural engines that harbour cosmopolitanism and progressive change. But what if these things aren’t true? What if our cities and public spaces are being displaced by a new kind of built environment that is remaking not just where we live, but also, the future of political change?

In my book Time and the Suburbs on Arbeiter Ring Press, I argue that the spaces we live in are being transformed by technologies and landscapes of surveillance, consumption, and security that have reconfigured the spatial and political order of North America. Using photographs as well as contemporary theory, I bring together urbanism, politics, and philosophy to show that our built environments owe more to this continent’s history of suburbanism than to its cities.

If you would like to find out more about Time and the Suburbs, contact Rohan Quinby at words.quinby@gmail.com or call 514.560.3040