A new kind of suburbia

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A New Kind of Suburbia, sought to do many things, reflecting our varied interests as architects, urban designers and researchers. With an expanding portfolio of suburban projects across our busy Dublin and London studios it felt particularly pressing to critically examine our design thinking in relation to emerging social issues associated with suburban placemaking. We recognised that while most people in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland live in suburban places, suburbia is ill-defined, and the varied experiences and aspirations of suburbanites are commonly taken-for-granted by the housing market. Our projects for Nationwide Building Society in SwindonUrban Splash in Milton Keynes, and South Dublin County Council in Clonburris, West Dublin, were under development during the research project and stimulated our thinking about the potential of reimagining suburban development in the real world.

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