Designing Suburban Futures New Models from Build a Better Burb

by June Williamson, Ellen Dunham-Jones

Designing Suburban Futures New Models from Build a Better Burb Synopsis

Suburbs deserve a better, more resilient future. June Williamson shows that suburbs aren't destined to remain filled with strip malls and excess parking lots; they can be reinvigorated through inventive design. Drawing on award-winning design ideas for revitalizing Long Island, she offers valuable models not only for U.S. suburbs, but those emerging elsewhere with global urbanisation. Williamson argues that suburbia has historically been a site of great experimentation and is currently primed for exciting changes. Today, dead malls, aging office parks, and blighted apartment complexes are being retrofitted into walkable, sustainable communities. Williamson shows how to expand this trend, highlighting promising design strategies and tactics. She provides a broad vision of suburban reform based on the best schemes submitted in Long Island's highly successful Build a Better Burb competition. Many of the design ideas and plans operate at a regional scale, tackling systems such as transit, aquifer protection, and power generation. While some seek to fundamentally transform development patterns, others work with existing infrastructure to create mixed-use, shared networks. Designing Suburban Futures offers concrete but visionary strategies to take the sprawl out of suburbia, creating a vibrant, new suburban form.

Designing Suburban Futures New Models from Build a Better Burb Press Reviews

What used to be called the crisis of the city has moved to the suburbs. In response, June Williamson's call to action is both prescient and grounded in expert knowledge. Designing Suburban Futures cuts into stereotypes with a scalpel, and makes its urgent case for the fresh interaction of design, policy, and practice with equal parts elegance, erudition, and respect. --Reinhold Martin Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia University Suburbia may be paved with good intentions, but its manifold costs are now as well known as its endless cul-de-sacs and malls. This well-crafted book shows how sprawl's seemingly indelible imprint on America can be embroidered and re-jiggered into more resilient, livable places. --Doug Kelbaugh Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan In the next decades, cities worldwide will have to adapt to rapidly changing environmental and social conditions and low-density suburbs will need to radically transform. Through a unique analysis intertwined with history, Designing Suburban Futures shows us how this can be done. It is an important read for anyone who is serious about understanding and changing current development practice. --Eran Ben-Joseph Head of the Department of Urban Studies + Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology It's easy to lament the state of suburbia (and many do). What's extremely hard is to develop creative solutions for transformation (which almost no one does well). But that's precisely what June Williamson has done with this terrific book. With this guide, a seemingly insurmountable challenge now feels like an opportunity. --Allison Arieff contributing columnist, The New York Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781597262415
Publication date: 1st June 2013
Author: June Williamson, Ellen Dunham-Jones
Publisher: Island Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Urban & municipal planning, City & town planning - architectural aspects,

About June Williamson, Ellen Dunham-Jones

June Williamson is Associate Professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. She is co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of Retrofitting Suburbia (9780470934326). She lives in New York.

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