Friday, July 2, 2010

Retrofitting the Suburbs

I just watched an interesting talk by architect Ellen Dunham-Jones on what to do with inner-ring suburbs whose proximity to core cities makes them more valuable than the uses to which they're currently being put.

According to Dunham, since 2000 over two-thirds of households in suburbs have no children in them, so the usual image of the suburbs as completely focused on families raising kids is a bit out of date.

So what can be done with all those dead malls, empty big boxes and acres of "underperforming asphalt" (better known as parking lots)?

Just a bit under 20 minutes. Found via Grist.

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