Planning the New Suburbia: Flexibility By Design by Avi FriedmanPlanning the New Suburbia: Flexibility By Design by Avi Friedman

Planning the New Suburbia: Flexibility By Design

byAvi Friedman

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The suburbs house two-thirds of North America's population andare the subject of much debate and criticism. Planning the NewSuburbia, by Avi Friedman, explores this phenomenon and proposesways to respond to the challenge of creating affordable, adaptable, andenvironmentally sustainable neighbourhoods. An architect and planner,Friedman suggests new methods of design and regulation that wouldenable urban planners to conceive and inhabitants to adapt suburbancommunities and homes to their evolving needs, as a result of changingfamily size, an aging population, or new working conditions.

Friedman surveys the evolution of urban planning, the history of"ideal" communities, the development of North Americansuburbs, and the theory behind flexible suburban design. Three casestudies offer practical examples of his approach, and all aregenerously illustrated with drawings, plans, and photographs todemonstrate Friedman's ideas in action. Rather than dismissing asuburb as an unattractive, impersonal sprawl, Friedman shows how theycan be modified into an affordable, sustainable, and adaptablecommunity.

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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 Bombardie...
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Title:Planning the New Suburbia: Flexibility By DesignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10 × 7.99 × 0.51 inPublished:May 1, 2002Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0774808594

ISBN - 13:9780774808590

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Preface Acknowledgments1. Reformers and Regulators2. The Evolution of the Suburban Ideal3. Designing Flexible Outgrowth: Precedent Models4. Planning for Change within Existing Communities5. Planning for Change of New Communities6. Planning for Change of New Communities in Old Neighbourhoods7. A Look to the FutureBibliography

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An important book on a subject that is home to the majority of North American citizens . . . Friedman's concept for the flexible suburb is an important contribution to the fields of urban planning, community design, and real estate development.

- David Gordon, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's University