Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores reinhabited, and parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.
Dunham-Jones’s talk describes in a general way how shopping has changed over the past several decades in many American communities: first in stand-alone stores on a “Main Street,” then moving to outdoor shopping centers, then to indoor shopping malls, and, most recently, to “big box” stores. Through interviews with longtime local residents and/or by researching the stories and advertisements in local newspapers, describe how retail space has evolved in your own area. What’s happened to the buildings that were formerly go-to shopping sites in your town?
Congress for the New Urbanism: Sprawl Retrofit http://www.cnu.org/sprawlretrofit
Ellen Dunham-Jones’s Facebook page forRetrofitting Suburbia https://www.facebook.com/pages/Retrofitting-Suburbia/29939207705
The Economist, Birth, death and shopping: The rise and fall of the shopping mall (12/19/2007) http://www.economist.com/node/10278717