Afternoon walk, Stockholm 18 June 2020

24. Slowdown landscapes: The care and repair of our suburbs

Retrofit over new build; greening the grey, greying the green; urbanising the suburban, and suburbanising the urban; making the suburbs work, by enhancing diversity

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 23, 2020 · 23 min read
Plans from Robin Boyd’s Small Homes Service, RMIT Design Archives Journal, Vol.9 No.2 (2019)
Sketch by Rory Hyde of various repairs by shared infrastructure, RMIT Design Archives Journal, Vol.9 №2 (2019)
‘Father and son cleaning a motorbike in the drive of one of the new houses beyond Sunbury, 2017'. Photo by Rory Hyde. RMIT Design Archives Journal, Vol.9 №2 (2019)

The new advance agents of decentralisation

A long time ago, in a city far away

Whiteboard sketches by Alejandro Aravena and me, articulating thinking of wider team (HDL Studio 2010)
Grindtorp miljonprogramm housing, Täby, Sweden

Repairing an American dream

Towards Superbia, Arup
Aside from Hayden’s book
Tinggaarden, in Herfølge, Denmark, by Vandkunsten architects
New shrine at Ise, by Matthew Rosier
Ed. Many thanks to Rory Hyde for numerous conversations that have heavily informed my thinking here in particular.

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Dan Hill

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Dan Hill

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

Slowdown Papers

The Slowdown Papers are a series of observations, reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, particularly on the way we make decisions about cities, systems, infrastructures, cultures, and technologies.

Dan Hill

Written by

Dan Hill

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

Slowdown Papers

The Slowdown Papers are a series of observations, reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, particularly on the way we make decisions about cities, systems, infrastructures, cultures, and technologies.

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