Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, Updated Edition
Retrofitting Suburbia was named winner in the Architecture & Urban Planning category of the 2009 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards) awarded by The Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers
PART I. THE ARGUMENT.
Chapter 1. Instant Architecture, Instant Cities, and Incremental Metropolitanism.
PART II. THE EXAMPLES.
Chapter 2. Retrofitting Garden Apartments and Residential Subdivisions to Address Density and the New Demographics.
Chapter 3. Residential Case Study: Changes to “Levittown”.
Chapter 4. Retrofitting Social Life Along Commercial Strips.
Chapter 5. Strips Case Study: Mashpee Commons, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Chapter 6. From Regional Malls to New Downtowns Through Mixed-Use and Public Space.
Chapter 7. Mall Case Study: Cottonwood, Holladay, Utah.
Chapter 8. Mall Case Study: Belmar, Lakewood, Colorado.
Chapter 9. Edge City Infill: Improving Walkability and Interconnectivity.
Chapter 10. Edge City Case Study: Downtown Kendall/Dadeland, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Chapter 11. Suburban Offi ce and Industrial Park Retrofits to Recruit the Creative Class.
Chapter 12. Office Park Case Study: University Town Center, Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Epilogue: The Landscape of Incremental Metropolitanism in 2050.
June Williamson, LEED AP, is associate professor of architecture at The City College of New York. A registered architect, she has contributed to numerous urban design projects. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and, in 2010, she conceived the design competition "Build a Better Burb."
- Documents innovative case studies of prototypical American suburban developments (malls, commercial strips, office parks, cul-de-sac subdivisions) that have been retrofitted to new uses and forms.
- Provides examples of how a dead mall can be transformed into a thriving mall and office park with transit-oriented downtown, how malls can incorporate housing and other mixed uses, and how a failed mall can be converted to wetland or public park.
- Covers retrofits of office and industrial parks, residential subdivisions, and suburban apartment complexes.