Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb

Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597262415
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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

Foreword, Ellen Dunham-Jones
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

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