Podcast: TED Talks series - Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting Suburbia

TED Talks


19:24 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED JAN 2010 - POSTED JUN 2010 - TEDxAtlanta

Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

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Learning Goals

Dunham-Jones wants to explain how sustainably developing the suburbs can greatly reduce energy use nationwide.

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Description and Teaching Materials

From the perspective of climate change, the average urban dweller in the U.S. has about one-third the carbon footprint of the average suburban dweller." (Ellen Dunham-Jones)

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This material should be used to explore the area of urban design and developement and the role it plays in a sustainable future.


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Ellen Dunham-Jones takes an unblinking look at our underperforming suburbs -- and proposes plans for making them livable and sustainable. Full Bio>>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting Suburbia.