Retrofitting Suburbia

Spring 2018
Ellen Dunham-Jones
ARCH 4803
ARCH 6120

The automobile-dependent nature of suburban development has negative impacts on economic, social, and environmental health and sustainability.  However, as an increasing number of suburban properties are aging they are providing opportunities to address a range of 21st Century challenges they were never designed for.  Through examination of built case studies, students learn how dead malls, big box stores, office parks, and other property types are being reinhabited with more community-serving uses, redeveloped into more compact, walkable, mixed use places, or regreened into reconstructed wetlands, parks, or community gardens.

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