With city and state budgets shrinking, American architects are faced with a star-spangled nightmare of inefficient infrastructure: suburban sprawl. Communities built around car transportation and perpetual growth must suddenly adapt to the collapse of the housing market and automobile industry, while competing for an increasingly limited pool of resources.

AIA Seattle Design Gallery's new exhibition, Adapting Suburbs in the Twenty-First Century, provides some hope.

The show features case studies of projects that represent "suburban retrofitting": underperforming suburban sites throughout the United States that were transformed to new, more productive uses that are pedestrian-friendly and environmentally-sensitive. This exhibition runs through April 29th.

3:00pm, March 23, AIA Seattle Design Gallery, 1911 First Avenue, Free

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