Ellen Dunham-Jones in Surrey

February 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Last October, Ellen Dunham-Jones (the most recent Urban Studies Fellow) presented a lecture at SFU Surrey on Retrofitting Suburbia (also the title of the book she co-authored with June Williamson).

 

You can see the podcast of that lecture here.

How can ghostboxes, dead malls, aging office parks, out-dated edge cities and blighted commercial strips be retrofitted into more sustainable places?Co-author of the award winning book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, Dunham-Jones will explain the drivers behind successful built suburban retrofits in North America and illustrate the three principal strategies: re-inhabitation, redevelopment and re-greening.

By lowering carbon fottprints, increasing “third places” and accommodating the new suburban demographics, suburban retrofites have already begun to transform our least sustainable and most auto-dependent landscapes. But – how can they do an even better job at designing fantastic places?

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