Retrofitting Suburbia, Updated Edition: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2011 - Architecture - 288 pages
Updated with a new Introduction by the authors and a foreword by Richard Florida, this book is a comprehensive guide book for urban designers, planners, architects, developers, environmentalists, and community leaders that illustrates how existing suburban developments can be redesigned into more urban and more sustainable places. While there has been considerable attention by practitioners and academics to development in urban cores and new neighborhoods on the periphery of cities, there has been little attention to the redesign and redevelopment of existing suburbs. The authors, both architects and noted experts on the subject, show how development in existing suburbs can absorb new growth and evolve in relation to changed demographic, technological, and economic conditions.

Retrofitting Suburbia was named winner in the Architecture & Urban Planning category of the 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards) awarded by The Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers

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I am trawling through the content in hope that I can find something useful for my thesis but far from it. The book must be three times longer than it should be and repeats itself and the key ideas over and over again. The topic is indeed more critical than ever - it is more sad that policy makers, community members are so blase about it. This book does little to assist that cause.
In summary, all that the book brings to the table is:
Demolish and redesign suburbs; and
Reuse, adapt retail areas.

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About the author (2011)

Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, is professor of architecture and urban design in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. An award-winning registered architect, she has published extensively on urban design and criticism and is on the board of directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

June Williamson, LEED AP, is associate professor of architecture at The City College of New York. A registered architect, she has contributed to numerous urban design projects. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and, in 2010, she conceived the design competition "Build a Better Burb."

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