Is a Sustainable Suburbia Still Possible Post-Pandemic?

In 2010, Dwell magazine took a look at four radical plans to reshape and retrofit spaces outside of our cities. Ten years later, the magazine revisited those plans and asked the experts if those plans were possible or pie-in-the-sky.

Reflecting on the original ideas and subsequent projects, Galina Tachieva describes how what has been achieved has been more ambitious than what was then shown. The innovative and practical techniques have continued to be advanced and have been widely applied in proposals aimed at repurposing obsolete or underperforming real estate of different scales and types. Ten years later they remain more relevant than ever.

Link to Dwell Article, Link to Sprawl Repair Manual

Example of an outcome from the ReInvent Phoenix Plan, Before and After, Northwest and Southwest Corners of 10th St and Pierce St, Phoenix, Arizona
Google StreetView – 2014 and 2020
Example of an outcome from DPZ’s ReInvent Phoenix Plan. Shown above are the before and after views of Northwest and Southwest Corners of 10th St and Pierce St, Phoenix, Arizona (Google StreetView – 2014 and 2020)