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Case studies in retrofitting suburbia

When:  Feb 26, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Communities by Design

Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies for Urgent Challenges

February 26, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. EST

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Join leading urbanists, policy makers, and real estate professionals as they discuss the importance of June Williamson and Ellen Dunham-Jones’ new book, Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies for Urgent Challenges. The authors’ first book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, was deemed “the Bible of the retrofitting movement” by the Chicago Tribune. In this celebratory and informational webinar, you’ll discover:

  • How the 32 new case studies outlined in the book further demonstrate the retrofitting of suburbia.
  • How defunct shopping malls, aging office parks, and other obsolete suburban development patterns are being retrofitted to address urgent challenges they weren’t designed for such as social equity, climate change, and improving public health in response to the pandemic.
  • How the implementation of innovative design strategies varies across the range of northern American contexts and market conditions.

University of Chicago host Emily Talen will kick off the event asking June and Ellen what’s changed since they started the Retrofitting Suburbia series of books 12 years ago. Chris Coes newly appointed to DoT, Don Chen of the Surdna Foundation, Robert Fishman of the University of Michigan, and Galina Tachieva of DPZ Co-Design discuss the amplified relevance of retrofitting suburbia today. Attendees will have opportunities to add their voices to the discussion in both Q&A with the authors and breakout sessions into smaller groups.


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