Remodeling Suburbia.

Suburbs remain the ethos that give cities their vitality and workforce since the majority of people live outside the centers of metropolis. In the absence of innovative thinking toward the growth of the peripheries of American cities, this project investigates the integration of architecture as the main constituent in developing and transforming cities through their peripheries.

After the failure of the titanic modern housing block model in the middle of the twentieth century, the monolithic suburban single-family detached house has been the trend of suburban lifestyle.  Over the past five decades, urban sprawl has been growing exponentially horizontally without any consideration for its danger. To give only one example from the perspective of climate change: the urban dweller in the United States has approximately one-third of the carbon footprint of the average suburban one. Rethinking the density and diversity of the urban fabric of American suburbs is essential in order to rejuvenate the default of sub-urban living.

The ideal sustainable expansion of cities comes from transforming their existing architecture and infrastructure; rather than building from scratch. This project explores new architectural typologies that promote gentle density through the juxtaposition of a good mixture within  residential districts. Architectural interventions, such as this one, have the potential to spread urbanistically and contribute to the growth of sustainable and diverse cities.
Faculty Advisor:
Julia McMorrough