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Designing Suburban Futures


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June Williamson is Associate Professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. She is co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of Retrofitting Suburbia (9780470934326). She lives in New York.


"In the next decades, cities worldwide will have to adapt to rapidly changing environmental and social conditions and low-density suburbs will need to radically transform. Through a unique analysis intertwined with history, Designing Suburban Futures shows us how this can be done. It is an important read for anyone who is serious about understanding and changing current development practice."
--Eran Ben-Joseph "Head of the Department of Urban Studies + Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "
"Suburbia may be paved with good intentions, but its manifold costs are now as well known as its endless cul-de-sacs and malls. This well-crafted book shows how sprawl's seemingly indelible imprint on America can be embroidered and re-jiggered into more resilient, livable places."
--Doug Kelbaugh "Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan "
"What used to be called the crisis of the city has moved to the suburbs. In response, June Williamson's call to action is both prescient and grounded in expert knowledge. Designing Suburban Futures cuts into stereotypes with a scalpel, and makes its urgent case for the fresh interaction of design, policy, and practice with equal parts elegance, erudition, and respect."
--Reinhold Martin "Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia University "
"It's easy to lament the state of suburbia (and many do). What's extremely hard is to develop creative solutions for transformation (which almost no one does well). But that's precisely what June Williamson has done with this terrific book. With this guide, a seemingly insurmountable challenge now feels like an opportunity."
--Allison Arieff "contributing columnist, The New York Times "
"This is a very graphic book throughout, with a multitude of wide ranging photos, plans, diagrams, montages, renderings and 3D design proposals."
--Urban Design
"Designing Suburban Futures ... is a concise, pithy, and lucid analysis of how the suburbs came to be and the efforts underway to reform them."
--Better! Cities & Towns
"Excellent color illustrations show how to design better suburbs, without trying to make them into Manhattan. A great design resource!"
--Urban Review STL
..".rich integration of text and figures, Designing Suburban Futures is an eye-candy feast, with color images everywhere the reader looks."
"refreshingly realistic about the political landscape."
"Designing Suburban Futures is an excellent resource for students in a variety of disciplines...a useful educational resource for planners, architects, landscape architects, developers and politicians...By presenting a variety of strategies which emphasize different components of the retrofit process (environmental, economical, social, ecological) this book offers different perspectives and will hopefully open discussion lines for differing parties to find common approaches."
--Alternatives Journal
"Williamson uses the brevity to her advantage to make the evolution of the suburbs understandable through a clear and concise structure... The book is a slim but important addition to the literature on the American suburb, an important canvas this century."
--A Daily Dose of Architecture
..".worth a read, especially for those who want to get a good introduction to the issues around suburban development."

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