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MUD Thesis

Christina Poulos
2018 – Thesis Advisor: Mark Sterling, David Lieberman

Refocusing Suburban Futures

Modes of thinking that fostered the development of suburban regions have become redundant and untenable. These forms of development, which are characterized by large areas of singular uses and personal vehicles, are no longer sustainable for the environment or for the people who reside there. The prioritization of certain land uses and transportation modes has propagated this suburban sprawl. Refocusing suburban futures is necessary, and can be achieved by the intensification of existing community nodes, and synthesizing mixed densities, uses, and public transportation. These changes will encourage the suburbs to evolve to better address contemporary ideologies and quality of life.