Suburbia Reimagined: Ageing and Increasing Populations in the Low-Rise City

van Schaik, L and Bertram, N 2018, Suburbia Reimagined: Ageing and Increasing Populations in the Low-Rise City, Routledge, New York, United States.


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Title Suburbia Reimagined: Ageing and Increasing Populations in the Low-Rise City
Author(s) van Schaik, L
Bertram, N
Year 2018
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York, United States
Subjects Architectural Design
Summary Worldwide more and more people are living in cities, with suburbs conceived as appendages to the city, not as part of the city system densely populated and offering a full range of services. But suburbs are not the city spread too thin, and in fact hold potentials for a lived complexity as satisfying as that assumed to be available in inner cities. Just as the ecological function of wetlands was ignored by modernist planning and swamps once-drained are now recognized as vital to water cycles, suburbs are increasingly recognized as part of a city's well-being with their own alternative ideology and opportunities for urbanity and ecological sustainability. Suburbia Reimagined shows how such subdivision structures can offer new possibilities for sustainably integrating living between generations and between established and arriving migrant communities. Working locally and internationally with university campuses, shopping centers, hospitals, airports and other large entities spread through suburbia, the authors identify a broad range of suburban situations that have been modified to ensure that residents have a full access to amenities and services. The book addresses the history and design of suburbia, from the post WWII soldier settlements to the university hinterlands of Silicon Valley in order to reappraise the locked potential within such subdivision patterns. The authors propose a new model forward, examining case studies ranging from re-purposed malls and railways for ecological sustainability to cul-de-sacs as social units and post-industrial factory conversions, ultimately showing the nascent patterns in suburbia that have the potential to support a rich life for all age groups.
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