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Suburbia Reimagined


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Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Living Together Chapter 1. Ideas of the suburb chapter 2. Ideas of the House Part 2: Parts and Pieces of Suburbia Chapter 3. Renovations Chapter 4. Single Houses Chapter 5. Small Groups Chapter 6. Larger Ensembles Chapter 7. Streets and Cul-de-Sacs Part 3: Conflations and Combinations Chapter 8. The Missing Middle Chapter 9. Suburban Engines Conclusion Epilogue

About the Author

Leon van Schaik is a Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology professor of architecture holding a design practice research chair. His publications include: Practical Poetics in Architecture (2015); Meaning in Space (2012); Procuring Innovative Architecture (2010); and Spatial Intelligence: New Futures for Architecture (2008). Nigel Bertram is a director of NMBW Architecture Studio and practice professor of architecture, Monash University. NMBW's architectural work has been published and awarded across categories including urban design, housing, small public works and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. His previous publications include Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure (2013).


"An essential book for urban policy-makers and architects interested in the future of housing and the suburbs. It demonstrates, through a long line of research and astute design propositions, the reimagining of life in the suburbs, enabling a future the authors see as 'republics of pleasure' coming together to form 'commonwealths of enhanced living.'"

Geoffrey London, Professor of Architecture, School of Design, The University of Western Australia

"Bertram and van Schaik cast a much-needed light on an often-overlooked part of our cities. Their sharp analysis is an insightful guide to the suburban condition. The design proposals offer intriguing, hopeful strategies for reshaping suburbia's future, particularly for today's rapidly ageing population. Suburbia Reimagined should be required reading - not just for architects and urban designers, but also legislators, developers, and all those who care about building a better city."

John L. Brown, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

"Before deciding you know everything about the much-maligned suburb and the suburban, you must read this engrossing gift from Leon van Schaik and Nigel Bertram! A fresh and detailed insight into the evolution of the concept, Suburbia Reimagined blends together compelling research with a wealth of unrealised opportunities and wonderfully resourceful possibilities for generational integration and ecological sustainability - from the role of furniture and the dwelling to the composition of age-friendly precincts."

C.J. Lim, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, The Bartlett, University College London

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