Retrofitting suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Dunham-Jones is widely recognized as a leader in finding solutions for aging suburbs. 

She is the co-author of "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs"the quintessential guidebook for making sprawl more sustainable. She and co-author June Williamson share more than 50 case studies across North America of "underperforming asphalt properties" that have been redesigned and redeveloped into walkable, sustainable vital centers of community—libraries, city halls, town centers, schools and more.

With her book, Dunham-Jones managed not only to raise awareness of the problem of underperforming suburbs among professional community, but also to make it a public issue. In 2010, she gave a talk at TEDx, followed by an interview with NPR's TED Radio Hour. Dunham-Jones made a featured appearance in the 2011 documentary "Urbanized", as well as in the 2012 PBS series "Deigning Healthy Communities", and contributed chapters to "Indipendent for Life, Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America" and "Architecture and Capitalism".

Today, she is one of the most influential experts in sustainable development of suburbs, history and future of suburban retrofitting in the U.S. and abroad, and she is continuing her research into suburban redevelopment, reinhabitation, and regreening. 

Read the interview here.