TED Talks series, FILMED JAN 2010 • POSTED JUN 2010 • TEDxAtlanta
Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. To come: Dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited, parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.
Dunham-Jones wants to explain how sustainably developing the suburbs can greatly reduce energy use nationwide.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
From the perspective of climate change, the average urban dweller in the U.S. has about one-third the carbon footprint of the average suburban dweller.” (Ellen Dunham-Jones)
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TEACHING NOTES / CONTEXT FOR USE
This material should be used to explore the area of urban design and developement and the role it plays in a sustainable future.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator and how this video is applied.
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Ellen Dunham-Jones takes an unblinking look at our underperforming suburbs -- and proposes plans for making them livable and sustainable. Full Bio>>