Sustaining the Suburbs A study on conservational design within modern suburbs

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The following project aims to revitalize the development of suburban neighborhoods by introducing more underutilized greening techniques, using the community of Bayberry in Middletown, Delaware as a potential candidate. The interventions of this project will include general greenspaces, residential properties, stormwater management, and street design. The new approach will utilize a variety of methods from small to large scale changes, including many that go against many of the common industry practices that have become part of the modern suburban design. The research is based on historical data and ecological studies in order to create a new foundation for suburban ecological design. By analyzing historic development patterns and finding the strengths or weaknesses of certain styles, it will be easier to make an efficient design. The design for ecological incorporation will also serve a large role in future developments in order to ensure success even after years pass. Furthermore, the ecological design will serve as an artistic direction for the project, giving it two purposes in aesthetic and sustainability. The final challenge to this project is selling it. There are reasons behind many of the patterns we see today along with certain industry staples used in landscape design. This is further compounded by various stigmas held by homeowners regarding what homes should look like.
Landscape architecture, Suburbs, Middletown Delaware, Bayberry Delaware, Ecological design