How might we re-imagine the suburbs?
An exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York examines that question from an architectural standpoint. While the designs are rather dramatic, perhaps the most interesting idea is that we need to “change the dream.” That means re-thinking home ownership and single-family homes.
So, yes, density.
But I’m not hot on the idea of building more stuff far from established urban centers. I’d like to see the urban centers fixed first and allow for a continued migration out of the suburbs into the cities.
Plus, I’m all about putting ideas to the energy test. These retrofits make me wonder if they are simply dramatic artistic expressions with little connection to our reality, i.e. an ongoing financial crisis and limited energy resources.
My vision for Springfield: Redevelopment of the urban core on a human scale, i.e. with walkers and bicyclists in mind.