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Retrofitting Sprawl Symposium

The Retrofitting Sprawl Symposium will highlight sprawl mitigation efforts and its role in American placemaking. Through public presentations, panel discussions, community outreach and a design forum, we will explore ways to redevelop suburban sprawl. 
Thus far, PURL has provided funding for three teams of ASU faculty. The faculty teams represent five academic units: The Design School, the School of Art, the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the School of Sustainability, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The faculty teams will present the findings of their research at the symposium in April 2012.
Nationally Featured Speakers:
Galina Tachieva, Author, Sprawl Repair Manual
Galina Tachieva is a partner and director of town planning at the central office of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, in Miami, Florida. For two decades, she has designed and implemented human-scale, sustainable communities around the world, from downtowns to retrofits. She is originally from Bulgaria, and received a master's degree in architecture from the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Sofia and a master's in urban design from the University of Miami, Florida.  Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company is a major leader in the practice and direction of urban planning, having designed hundreds of new and existing communities in the United States and overseas.
Nan Ellin, Author, PHX: 21st Century Phoenix
Nan Ellin is Professor and Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at University of Utah. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Urban Planning and has served on the faculty of ASU, University of Cincinnati, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Southern California, and New York University. Ellin’s new book Good Urbanism (forthcoming 2012) describes a process for realizing the promise of sustainability and prosperity. She is also the author of Integral Urbanism (2006) and Postmodern Urbanism (1996; revised 1999), collaborated with Edward Booth-Clibborn on Phoenix: 21st-Century City (2006), and is the editor of Architecture of Fear (1997). Ellin’s collection of public scholarship related to Phoenix, Desert Urbanism, can be found at Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, Korean, and Chinese. Ellin was the driving force behind canalscape, an initiative to create vital urban hubs throughout metropolitan Phoenix where canals meet major streets. Canalscape has received an Arizona Humanities Council Grant and an APA Arizona Award, was designated a Green Phoenix initiative and an Arizona 2012 Centennial Legacy Project.  At University of Utah, Ellin directs the Salt Lake City Workshop, bringing together the university with the City of Salt Lake and community partners to envision best possibilities and catalyze positive transformation.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Co-Author, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. She shows how design of where we live impacts some of the most pressing issues of our times..  Dunham-Jones is widely recognized as a leader in finding solutions for aging suburbs. She and co-author June Williamson share more than 50 case studies across North America of "underperforming asphalt properties" that have been redesigned and redeveloped into walkable, sustainable vital centers of community—libraries, city halls, town centers, schools and more.
June Williamson, Co-Author, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
June Williamson is an Associate Professor of architecture at The City College of New York / CUNY. An urban designer and registered architect, she has authored design guidelines and consulted on numerous urban planning projects throughout the U.S. She has taught at Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Utah, and the Boston Architectural College. She is co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of the book "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs" (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and her writing has been published in the book "Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader" (Routledge, 2008) as well as the journals Places and Harvard Design Magazine.

Retrofitting Sprawl Symposium: Day 2 + RetroPHX Design Analysis
The Retrofitting Sprawl Symposium Day 2 will highlight a panel of local developers who will give a road map to sustainable development in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.  Topics of discussion include historic preservation and adaptive reuse for commercial and industrial properties, as well as residential rehabilitation towards a “Greening” of the American Dream.  The developer panel will be paired with a morning session design analysis based on the urban ideas and design competition, RetroPHX.  This workshop will focus on sprawl retrofitting and mitigation techniques, redesigning and redeveloping locations suggested by our RetroPHX participants.

Developer Panel:
The Ranch Mine, Phoenix, AZ
The Ranch Mine (TRM) is a design firm dedicated to the long-term improvement of the urban cores within the greater Phoenix area. TRM works with home and small business owners to redesign, remodel, and reuse spaces so that they're contextual, efficient, and stylish.  Every project begins by sifting down to the essentials. Equipped with clients’ desires we mine existing structures to uncover the raw beauty buried within forgotten mid-century homes and hangouts. TRM carefully consider each building's history and unique surroundings to create an outward facing space that truly fits within the larger pattern of its neighborhood.
Habitat Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Founded in 2007, Habitat Metro, LLC’s development principals, Wm. Timothy Sprague, John Hill, and Feliciano Vera, have been actively involved in real estate development within the Phoenix market for over thirty years.  With a focus on responsible development in Phoenix, the principals of Habitat Metro have never been satisfied at measuring the potential success of a project by its pro forma.  The firm approaches every development opportunity with a double bottom line perspective.
Desert Viking, Chandler, AZ
Desert Viking a family of companies sharing common management and ownership is engaged in the acquisition, development and management of real estate properties in the Phoenix metro Area.  The company specializes in the restoration of historic properties where over the past 7 years Desert Viking has acquired and rehabilitated National Register historic properties and completed numerous historic restoration projects in the Valley.
Venue Projects : Kitchell-Perez, Phoenix, AZ
Venue Projects : Kitchell-Perez, is a, design-centered, redevelopment, investment and construction real estate practice based in Phoenix, Arizona. Targeting custom residential and commercial opportunities, our mission is to create inspiring places that promote community, serve and celebrate nature.

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