Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, January 1, 2019, midnight
Thursday, December 31, 2020, midnight CST

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The demographic and economic changes reshaping cities are also transforming suburbs. As demand for residential subdivisions, malls and office parks recedes, the void is being filled by higher density, mixed-use development, that planned right, creates walkable urban places that renew the appeal of suburbs as places to live work, play, and invest. This session offers “how to” guidance for planners to lead creation of a generation of walkable urban places taking place in the suburbs.

​The session begins with a rapid history of the origin and growing importance of walkable urban places in suburbs. It explores the market foundation—rapid changes in demand for residential, office, research, retail and other types of development—and how market shifts can support innovative P3s.

​Next, the speakers will describe the urban design and placemaking building blocks for creating places that become the heart of their communities and compete for investment, including walkable density—the critical mass of people (and disposable income) to bring streets to life; public realms that promotes interaction and community; and authenticity that represents living culture and traditions.

​Finally, case studies drawn from across the country (Arlington, Reston, and Tysons, VA, Dayton, OH, and Bellevue, WA), will describe how walkable urban places are taking shape in three regions, local economies, and over very different periods of time.

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David Dixon

David helped found Stantec’s Urban Places, an interdisciplinary initiative focused on managing the accelerating pace of social, economic, environmental, and technological change. His work has won four APA national awards, including for a "Hard Won Victory" for New Orleans' post-Katrina Master Plan and was the first urban designer to receive the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Medal for “a lifetime of making cities more livable.” Residential Architecture Magazine named him to their Hall of Fame "as the person we call when we have questions about cities." David speaks and writes regularly about a new era of urban opportunities for suburbs and on the transformational opportunities and challenges autonomous mobility poses for cities and suburbs alike. He is the co-editor (with Jason Beske) of Suburban Remix: the next generation of urban places (Island Press, 2018) and co-author of Urban Design for an Urban Century: shaping more livable, equitable and resilient cities (Wiley, 2015).

Jason Beske

Jason is a Senior Associate and Senior Urban Designer with Stantec’s Urban Places in the Washington, DC region. His goal is to help communities create places of lasting value that are centered on people. Jason has a broad range of urban planning expertise and has led initiatives for corridors, districts, and neighborhoods – typically in suburban communities that endeavor to become more walkable. His recent publication "Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places" (Island Press - February 2018), with co-editor David Dixon, examines the rise of walkable urbanism in the new suburban era. Jason is an experienced speaker and educator in urban planning and urban design and serves as Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus - current topics include site planning and planning communications & graphics. His current research investigates the redevelopment of retail and dying malls in North America's suburban landscape. Community engagement, placemaking, and social equity are the core of his planning and urban design practice.