Sprawl Retrofit Resources

Below, readers will find a number of print and online resources which will familiarize them with the sprawl retrofit movement.

CNU's Resources

  • Sprawl Retrofit Presentation - This presentation provides an overview for the reasons to retrofit sprawl and outlines some of the techniques for implementation (PLEASE NOTE - this document is large and may take a few minutes to load.)
  • Unbearable Cost of Sprawl - A white paper by the Sprawl Retrofit Initiative that reviews the challenges, myths and principles of restructuring sprawl development.

Recommending Reading

  • Retrofitting Suburbia - Dunham-Jones, Ellen and June Williamson. Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs: Updated Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2011
  • Sprawl Repair - Tachieva, Galina. Sprawl Repair Manual. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2010.
  • A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers and Architects Slone, Daniel and Doris Goldstein with Andrew Gowder. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
  • Redesigning Cities: Principles, Practice, Implementation Barnett, Jonathan. Chicago: APA Planners Press, 2003.
  • Place Making: Developing Town Centers, Main Streets, and Urban Villages Bohl, Charles C. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2002.
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities and Regions Coyle, Stephen. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
  • The Smart Growth Manual Duany, Andres, Jeff Speck, and Mike Lydon. McGraw Hill Professional, 2009.
  • Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature Farr, Douglas. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
  • Bourgeois Utopias Fishman, Robert. New York: Basic Books, 1987.
  • The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity Florida, Richard. New York: Harper Collins, 2010.
  • Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States Jackson, Kenneth T. Crabgrass. Oxford University Press, 1985.
  • Light Imprint Handbook: Integrating Sustainability and Community Design Low, Thomas A. Civic By Design, 2010.
  • The Great Good Place: Cafés, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts, and How They Get You through the Day. Oldenburg, Ray. New York: Marlowe, 1997.
  • Greyfields into Goldfields: Dead Malls become Living Neighborhoods Sobel, Lee, et.al. San Francisco: Congress for the New Urbanism. 2002.

Online Resources





Community design, street networks, and public health by Garrick Norman, PIATKOWSKI Daniel, MARSHALL Wesley, August 2014.

Compact, Walkable, Diverse Neighborhoods:Assessing Effects on Residents by TALEN Emily, KOSCHINSKY Julia, February 2014.

The death and rebirth of the mall. You don’t drive there, you live there by MGGINN Dave, July 2013.

Interview of Ellen Dunham-Jones about retrofitting suburbia by HERNANDEZ SHERWOOD Christina, March 2013.

From Sprawlvilles to Sustainable Suburbs: Ideas to Attract Private-Sector Investment in Suburban Improvement Projects in an Era of Reduced Public Support by COWAN Errol, February 2013.

Interview of Ellen Dunham-Jones about big design project for the next generation by BEVILACQUA Matt, February 2012.

Sprawl retrofit: sustainable urban form in unsustainable places by TALEN Emily, November 2011.

Beyond Foreclosure: The Future of Suburban Housing by CHANG Aron, September 2011.

Sprawl Repair: What It Is and Why We Need It by TACHIEVA Galina, October 2010.

From sprawl to complete communities - extract from Sprawl Repair manual by TACHIEVA Galina, 2010.

The Need for Alternatives to the Nineteen Standard Real Estate Product Types by LEINBERGER Christopher, 2005.

The Next 100 Million by NELSON Arthur C, LANG Robert E, January 2007.

Growing Sustainable Suburbs: An Incremental Strategy for Reconstructing Sprawl by Katarxis Urban Workshops (STEIL Lucien, SALINGAROS Nikos A, MEHAFFY Michael W), 2007.

Retrofitting Suburbia by DUNHAM-JONES Ellen, 2005.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Capturing the Demand for Housing near Transit by Center for Transit-Oriented Development(CTOD), September 2004.

Seeking Urbane Parking Solutions by PAYTON Neal and O’LOONEY Brian, 2006.

The Anatomy of Sprawl by SCHEER Brenda Case, 2001.






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The Sprawl Retrofit Initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the members of the Congress for the New Urbanism.