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Why Do The Suburbs Still Matter?

Filed by KOSU News in Art & Life.
June 15, 2012

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Future of Cities. Watch Ellen Dunham-Jones’ full Talk — Retrofitting Suburbia — on

About Ellen Dunham-Jones’ Talk

In this Talk, Ellen Dunham-Jones takes an unblinking look at underperforming suburbs and makes a proposal that would transform them into livable, sustainable places. She offers the next big idea for sustainable design over the next 50 years: retrofitting suburbia. She shares her vision of dying malls rehabilitated, dead “big box” stores re-inhabited and parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

About Ellen Dunham-Jones

Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an award-winning architect and a board member of Congress for the New Urbanism. She shows how the design of where we live can impact some of the most pressing issues of our times: reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption, improving our health and communities, and providing living options for all ages.

Dunham-Jones is widely recognized as a leader in finding solutions for aging suburbs. She is the co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, showcasing more than 50 case studies across North America of “underperforming asphalt properties” that have been redesigned and redeveloped into walkable, sustainable vital centers of community. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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