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. Today, dead malls, aging office parks, and blighted apartment complexes are being retrofitted into walkable, sustainable communities.
Williamson 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.
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About the Author
June Williamson is Associate Professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. She is coauthor, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of Retrofitting Suburbia (9780470934326). She lives in New York, New York.
Table of Contents
Preface Foreword, Ellen Dunham-Jones Introduction Photo Essay, Christoph Gielen PART I. Vision: A Role for Design in Suburban Resilience Chapter 1. Context for Change Chapter 2. Design Culture Responds to Sprawl: 1960s to 2010s Chapter 3. Better Suburban Futures PART II. Exemplar: Building a Better Burb on Long Island Chapter 4. Build a Better Burb 2010: Instructions and Commentary Chapter 5. Winning and Noteworthy Competition Schemes Sited in the Setback: Increasing Density in Levittown - Upcycling 2.0 - AgIsland - Building C-Burbia - SUBHUB Transit System - Long Division - LIRR: Long Island Radically Rezoned - Fourteen Noteworthy Schemes Chapter 6. Conclusion Epilogue: New Roles for Architecture and Urban Design - A conversation with Kazys Varnelis Selected Bibliography Index