Suburban Retrofit: Theory and Practice
- Suburban Retrofit:
Theory and Practice
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Fox Theatre, Downtown
Redwood City (map)
$10.00 fee payable at door
NO RSVP REQUIRED
of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) in Miami, FL,
GALINA TAHCHIEVA, will be speaking at
"The Forum at Redwood City: A Continuing Conversation on City
Design" on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007,
from 6:00 - 7:45pm! Don't miss this insightful presentation on
RETROFIT: THEORY AND PRACTICE."
Many communities are faced with the possibility of failed
shopping centers, strip malls, or office parks. How can these
retrofitted into productive, environmentally sensitive, elements of
community? The Suburban Retrofit planning technique, which modifies
suburban developments into mixed-use, sustainable environments, is
one of the
New Urbanists' pragmatic approaches to the environmentally and
dysfunctional elements of suburban sprawl.
Using several DPZ
projects as case studies, this lecture introduces the concept of the
Retrofit on all urban scales, including regional, neighborhood,
street. Among Ms. Tahchieva's case studies will be the exciting
of the first strip shopping center retrofit; a retrofit of a shopping
a town center; and the transformation of an office park into a mixed-
About Galina Tahchieva
Tahchieva, who is widely regarded as Andrés Duany and Liz Plater-
"right-hand," joined DPZ as a project manager in 1993. She holds a
master's degree in urban planning from the University of Miami,
and a master's degree in architecture from the University
of Architecture and Civil Engineering
in Sofia ,
Bulgaria . Ms. Tahchieva is a member
of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is certified as a LEED-
collaborated with Andrés Duany on a number of books, including The
Art and the forthcoming The Technique of Urban Design in the Practice
Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Ms. Tahchieva is an expert on the most
advanced techniques of traditional urban design. Her extensive hands-
experience with projects at DPZ has further contributed to her
successful urban developments. Ongoing projects that she is currently
managing include new neighborhoods and towns in Florida ,
Alabama , Georgia ,
New York , New Jersey
and Texas , a regional plan in
Florida , and downtown master-plans in Florida
and Louisiana .
She also leads projects in Europe, managing the design of new towns in
Scotland and Spain ,
and introducing New Urbanist ideas to Eastern Europe through work on
a new town
in Bulgaria .
Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) is a leader in the New Urbanist
which seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The firm
first received international recognition for its design of
Seaside , Florida ,
and has since completed designs for over 250 new towns, regional
community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a major
influence on the practice and direction of urban planning in the
United States .
firm's method of integrating master plans with project-specific design
codes and regulations is currently being applied to sites ranging
from 10 to
over 500,000 acres throughout the United States
and abroad; in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and
DPZ has received numerous awards, including two State of Florida
Governor's Urban Design Awards for
About The Forum
Forum at Redwood City
is held on the first Wednesday of each month, from October through
Communities By Design (CBD), a local nonprofit, and the City of
Redwood City jointly
produce the Forum, with assistance from Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc.
The fee for the Forum is $10 (payable at the door, checks or cash).
is held at the Little Fox Theatre, located at 2209 Broadway in
Redwood City (map). Doors open at 5:30pm. (Please note that due to
regulations, attendance at the Little Fox Theatre is limited to
21.) The presentation and discussion is followed by an optional, no-
at a nearby restaurant in downtown Redwood
City . A flier for the event is attached.
For those arriving by car, there is plenty of parking available
comfortable walk of the Little Fox (Click here
for parking information). Transit is also a
great option, as the Little Fox is also only 2 blocks from the
Caltrain Station. For Caltrain schedule information, click here. You
may also click here for a map of the area.
need any additional information, please contact Dan Zack at the City
Redwood City at (650)
780-7363 or dzack@....
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