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Main Title Designing Suburban Futures New Models from Build a Better Burb / [electronic resource] :
Author Williamson, June.
Publisher Island Press/Center for Resource Economics : Imprint: Island Press,
Year Published 2013
Call Number GE1-350
ISBN 9781610915274
Subjects Environmental sciences ; Regional planning ; Architecture ; Urban Ecology
Internet Access
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Collation XXII, 138 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
Preface -- Foreword; Ellen Dunham-Jones -- Introduction -- Context for Change -- Design Culture Responds to Sprawl: 1960s to 2010s -- Better Suburban Futures -- Build a Better Burb 2010: Instructions and Commentary -- 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. Noteworthy Competition Schemes -- Conclusion -- Epilogue: New Roles for Architecture and Urban Design. A conversation with Kazys Varnelis -- Selected Bibliography -- Credits -- Index. 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 also those emerging elsewhere with global urbanization. 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. It will be especially useful for urban designers, architects, landscape architects, land use planners, local policymakers and NGOs, citizen activists, students of urban design, planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.