Pearl Cao, "Wasteless Suburb: A Neo-metabolistic Approach to Suburban Design"

The suburban model of development is wasteful, unsustainable and is increasingly out of touch with the needs of the modern world. Unfortunately, today’s developments are still tethered to outdated ideals of the “American Dream.” Using Toronto’s Yellowbelt as a testbed, this thesis speculates a waste-less architecture that draws on a re-reading of the Metabolism movement to create a reconfigurable, reusable, and biodegradable model of suburban homes. The proposed design strategy is a blueprint for a reconfigurable suburb in the age of evolving social and cultural norms and increasing eco-consciousness.

Thesis Advisor: Mark McQuade

Program: Master of Architecture