Retrofitting Suburbia (Wiley & Sons, 2008) has just been released with case studies of redeveloped dead malls, office parks, garden apartment complexes, etc. The book presents the drivers, techniques, and potential pitfalls involved in retrofitting our least sustainable landscapes into more urban and more sustainable places. Just as the big development project for the last fifty years has been the construction of sprawl, the big project of the next fifty years is in retrofitting it.
This book is only the beginning. What are the next steps that CNU and CNUers can take? Where do you see the best opportunities? The biggest hurdles? Suburban retrofits are hybrids - urban streetscapes with suburban parking ratios and populations that are neither as diverse as cities nor as homogenous as suburbs. How do you think they're likely to evolve and what design strategies can accelerate more sustainable patterns of evolution?
For further info, June Williamson and I have set up a Facebook page on Retrofitting Suburbia with details on the lectures and workshops we're offering on the topic.
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