Seminar 5: "Retrofitting Suburbia"
Presented by Ellen-Dunham-Jones
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Infill need not be limited to cities. Suburban landscapes—shopping plazas, campus-style office parks, and vast residential subdivisions—can be creatively transformed and adaptively re-used as well. Hear how a mix of urban design, regulatory, fiscal, and organizational strategies can be used to re-inhabit, redevelop, and regreen the traditionally auto-centric and mono-cultural suburbs of America.
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture, Georgia Tech, 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 on several boards 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 will be the 2010 Visiting Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development at SFU in Vancouver. Educational Background: 1980 – A.B. in architecture and planning, summa cum laude, Princeton University; 1983 – M.Arch, Princeton University. Fields: Sustainable Urban Design, Suburban Redevelopment (Re-inhabitation, Re-Greening, and Redevelopment of dead malls, big box stores, office parks, etc.), New Urbanism & Smart Growth, Health and Urban Design, Post-Industrial Development Patterns and Globalization, Contemporary Architectural Theory.
Discussant: Michael Southworth, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning; Co-Chair, Master of Urban Design Program, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Robert Cervero
Director, IURD, and
Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley