John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Teaser Tuesday: Retrofitting Suburbia

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson"[Empty big boxes] have been adaptively reused as churches/synagogues/mosques, libraries, courthouses, government offices, community centers, school and university buildings, nightclubs, dinner theaters, multiplex cinemas, gymnasiums, an indoor go-kart raceway, the Spam Museum, call centers, offices, and medical clinics (one example in Savannah reused the heavy voltage from the frozen food section of a former grocery store to power an MRI scanner). The addition of these programs to suburban areas lacking in third places enriches their neighborhoods and adds opportunities for greater communal interaction—even without further changes to the physical context."

     p. 68, Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson

This is not a book that lends itself to teasing. It is a dense text written in formal academic language, so it's not likely to grab a reader unless he or she is already interested in the subject at hand. Which I am, and if you also are interested in urban design you will probably find this book interesting.


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