More people than ever are living in North America's suburbs. But are the suburbs becoming more unmanageable in the face of rapidly changing social, technological, and environmental conditions of the twenty-first century? Are the planning processes that regulated development in the suburbs for the last fifty years breaking down? Will suburban sprawl continue to be the inevitable result?Planning for the New Suburbia challenges established planning conventions and proposes a new approach to the design and regulation of suburban development that recognizes its evolutionary nature. The approach encompasses new as well as existing communities, and it encourages and outlines an additive process of gradual, small-scale transformations that enable a neighbourhood to develop holistically. An architect and planner, Avi Friedman suggests new methods that would enable urban planners to conceive and inhabitants to adapt communities and homes to their evolving needs as a result of changing family size, an aging population, or new working conditions. Three case studies are offered as practical examples of this approach, and all are generously illustrated with drawings, plans, and photographs to demonstrate the author's ideas in action.Rather than dismissing a suburb as an unattractive, impersonal sprawl, this book shows how they can be modified into affordable, adaptable, and environmentally sustainable communities.
Avi Friedman is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and director of the Affordable Homes Program at McGill University. He has won numerous awards including the World Habitat Award (United Nations), the Creative Achievement Award (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture), and the Prix J.-Armand Bombardier (Association canadienne-francaise pour l'avancement des sciences) for his Grow Home and Next Home innovations.
Preface Acknowledgments 1 Reformers and Regulators 2 The Evolution of the Suburban Ideal 3 Designing Flexible Outgrowth: Precedent Models 4 Planning for Change within Existing Communities 5 Planning for Change of New Communities 6 Planning for Change of New Communities in Old Neighbourhoods 7 A Look to the Future Bibliography