Researching Suburban Retrofits

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Title: Researching Suburban Retrofits
Author: Dunham-Jones, Ellen
Abstract: What is the state of current research on retrofitting suburbia and what are some of the research questions and new tools that are on the horizon? This presentation begins with an overview of the author's work to date with June Williamson on urban design strategies for re-inhabiting, redeveloping and regreening underperforming suburban properties into more sustainable places. It follows with discussion of the many opportunities for scaling up these strategies and developing more robust databases and performance metrics in future interdisciplinary collaborations.
Description: Presented on August 25, 2011 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Georgia Tech Architecture Library. Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory. As co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley & Sons, 2009) her work has received significant media attention in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record, TEDx and other venues. The book received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now.” She has published over 50 articles and 10 chapters in books, consults on urban design projects, and lectures widely. She serves as co-peer review editor for Places Journal and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Princeton University and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009. In 2006-7 she was the Ax:son Johnson Visiting Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at LTH in Lund, Sweden and the 2010 Visiting Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development at SFU in Vancouver. Runtime: 62:29 minutes
Type: Lecture
Date: 2011-08-25
Contributor: Georgia Institute of Technology. College of Architecture
Relation: CoA Research Forum
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Retrofitting suburbia
Suburban redevelopment
Urban design

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