Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream (Paperback)

Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck Cover Image
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Welcome to the Suburban Nation

Plunge into the pivotal exploration of America's car-centric suburban phenomenon that has shaped the landscape of the North American continent over the last century. Suburban Nation stands as a prominent voice advocating change in suburban sprawl and the over-reliance on personal vehicles.

Suburban Nation is the brainchild of the founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, who are leading the charge towards traditional urban planning practices.

But this is no simple exposé of post-war planning failures. Instead, Suburban Nation presents a compelling rebuttal to the 'sprawl and crawl' of residential development and transportation design that has marked America's suburban spaces. This inspiring narrative delves into the multi-faceted aspects of urban design, public transit accessibility, traffic, and sprawl, invoking a collective rethink of how we live, commute, and interact with our spatial environment.

Suburban Nation galvanizes a growing movement, calling forth developers, urban planners, transit authorities, and suburban residents alike, to harmonize our living spaces with the demands of modern, sustainable society.

This tenth anniversary edition includes a new preface by the authors.

About the Author


Andres Duany, with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, leads a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most notably Seaside, Florida. He is co-author of Suburban Nation.

Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk lead a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most notably Seaside, Florida.

Jeff Speck, coauthor of the landmark bestseller Suburban Nation, is a city planner who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As the former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, where he worked with dozens of American mayors on their most pressing city planning challenges. He leads a design practice based in Washington, D.C.

Praise For…


“As compelling and important as Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Venturi, Brown, and Izenour's Learning from Las Vegas . . . Everyone who cares about the future of our American way of life should read this book.” —ROBERT A. M. STERN, Dean, Yale School of Architecture

“Among the wittiest and most perceptive books about sprawl. You couldn't ask for a better trio to guide you through any part of the American built environment.” —HAROLD HENDERSON, Planning

Product Details
ISBN: 9780865477506
ISBN-10: 0865477507
Publisher: North Point Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2010
Pages: 320
Language: English