city space and retrofitted public areas

Speaker Shares How Communities Reclaim Use Of Failing Shopping And Office Spaces

Ellen Dunham-Jones will share her research around how parking-lot dominated properties have been successfully retrofitted to help their communities address challenges ranging from the loneliness epidemic to climate change.

She is the Director of the MS in Urban Design program at Georgia Tech and co -author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.

The book documents how dead malls, dying office parks, and other underperforming suburban property types and development patterns are being redeveloped, re-inhabited, or regreened into more sustainable, just, healthy, and community-serving places.

You can watch her CivicCon Speaker Series presentation at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at The Rex Theatre in downtown Pensacola. The event is free and open to the public but we request you register on Eventbrite to attend in person at this LINK.

Retrofitting Suburbia was deemed “the Bible of the retrofitting movement” in the Chicago Tribune. It was featured in The New York Times, CBS Evening News, Urban Land, Architectural Record, and The Architect’s Newspaper, and received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers.

The book ‘s sequel, Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies for Urgent Challenges won the Environmental Design Research Association’s 2021 book award and adds detailed discussions of the layer strategies being deployed as increasingly ambitious suburban retrofits update obsolete development patterns.

“This time we address an even broader range of urgent challenges such places weren’t designed for: improving public health, increasing resilience in the face of climate change, leveraging social capital for equity, supporting an aging society, competing for jobs, and disrupting automobile dependence,” according to the “Retrofitting Suburbia” website.

If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can watch it live on the Pensacola News Journal Facebook page or on its website,