Notable Press

  • Education Drive

    The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, which promotes good environmental practices at colleges and universities, recently issued its annual STARS report. The STARS report — for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System — recognizes schools for their sustainability performance, awarding Bronze, Silver, or Gold ratings to institutions based on four categories: academics, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. A total of eight schools have been awarded both a Gold STAR rating and a spot on the Sierra Club's top 10. 

    Georgia Institute of Technology uses alternative fuels in 150 of its 500 vehicles, and with its construction and demolition projects, it focuses on diverting waste, along with other sustainable practices. Among those practices are stormwater runoff reduction efforts that include using ground surfaces that allow water to pass through, removing paved parking lots, campus reforestation, and installing cisterns. The institution is No. 10 on the Sierra Club list.

  • Newsweek

    Newsweek examines the retrofitting of dead shopping malls across America. Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones weighs in on how communities are re-using the local mall.

  • GPB's On the Story

    Nancy Green Leigh, professor and associate dean of research at Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning, and Ryan Gravel (MCP/MArch '99) are featured in this week's On the Story's episode about the Atlanta Beltline. Dr. Leigh lauded the ambitious goals of the project, saying, "The component of [the Atlanta Beltline] that has come together first has been more the recreational part, but it's far more ambitious than that in terms of creating transit-oriented development in a circle all around the city." However, she sees a need for more attention to issues of equality. "We are now ranked the most unequal city out of the 50 largest US cities in the country. So what I would hope for the Beltline... is that would actually be something that is really at the forefront of the dialogue."

  • The New York Times

    Redevelopment often brings fears of displacement from gentrification, but neglects the considerable benefits that redevelopment offers to poorer residents in suburban areas write June Williamson and professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, co-authors of Retrofitting Suburbia. "Since 2005 there have been more Americans living in poverty in the suburbs than in city centers. Retrofitting suburbia’s abundant and underused commercial properties and parking lots with a mix of uses, including apartments that support walking and public transit, does not displace anyone and can connect the suburban poor to jobs, schools, parks and affordable housing and transportation," the two authors argue. 

  • New York Times
  • Houston Chronicle

    A free Land Use Forum session titled "Sustaining Vibrant Communities through Redevelopment" will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Sugar Land City Hall. According to a Sugar Land press release, "The session is intended to help the community better understand the opportunities and benefits of redevelopment. The session will cover the causes of decline in retail and commercial areas, strategies available to revitalize areas to ensure they remain vibrant, and the role cities play in guiding redevelopment." The keynote speaker will be Ellen Dunham-Jones, an architect and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an authority on suburban redevelopment.

  • DL Daily

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    Because of its historical growth in the last decade, Shanghai is facing major rapid development issues as it continues to expand. Prof. Alan Balfour highlighted many of these issues as he discussed urban planning strategies and key factors in development during his interview with DF Daily. Pollution, uncontrolled use of the automobile, uncontrolled development, loss of green space, and uncertain population growth and movement are all major concerns that need to be considered as Shanghai strives to become an innovative world city. “The problems are clear,” Balfour says. “Their solutions needs good science and engineering coupled with imagination and the willingness of policy makers to drive through legislation, which in the short term may be unpopular either with industry or with the general population.

  • People Place Purpose

    Boundaries create a political landscape – visibly present – that defines our spatial relationships says former Georgia Tech instructor Richard Dagenhart. To be successful, they must possess three important features: 1) Boundaries must be transparent, otherwise they are simply barriers. 2) A threshold, such as a gate, is essential to identify where crossing a boundary is permitted and where it is not. 3) Some permanence is important; a boundary serves no purpose if it marks a boundary one day and disappears the next. Common boundaries include storefronts, fences, hedges, and retaining walls. Dagenhart notes that today we see too many buffers and barriers that separate, instead of boundaries that join and recommends designers pay close attention to the separation of public and private spaces. 

  • Creative Loafing

    A recent study conducted by Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institution, with guidance in part from Jared Lombard of the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Tech Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones claims that "WalkUPs" - walkable urban places - will be the primary location of economic growth in metro Atlanta. "The market has spoken," Leinberger says in the study. "It is now time for public policy to reflect this new market demand by putting in the necessary infrastructure and zoning."

  • Nashville Business Journal

    Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor of architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech, will be presenting her ideas  on how to redirect Nashville's suburban growth on April 9th at the Scarritt-Bennett Center as part of the NashvilleNext initiative, the countywide process for planning Nashville’s next 25 years.

  • SmartPlanet

    When asked to lead a team from Georgia Tech in speculating what Atlanta would look like in 100 years, Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones insisted on three important concepts. The team envisioned what Atlanta would look like with transit on every corridor, eco-acre transfers, and 1,000 foot-buffers on every stream corridor. "We’re seeing cities like Atlanta have problems with drought and flooding," said Dunham-Jones. "And we’re fighting water wars with our neighbors. We need to get much more serious about protecting our water."

  • The Marietta Daily Journal

    Amidst concerns of Tea Party representatives, Fulton County recently engaged Georgia Tech Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and George Washington University’s business school to conduct a regional study of "walkable communities" and their potential role as an economic development engine. 

  • National Real Estate Investor

    As the seniors housing occupancy rate continues to rise, Georgia Tech Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones says there are many locations across the country where seniors housing is taking over former retail properties. “Every community has a dead big box or vacant strip mall that’s often a prime site for seniors housing,” she says. “This matches the demand, as the seniors are still there in the community, and they don’t want to leave.”

  • GOOD

    As demographics shift in the United States, Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones believes that suburban growth must adjust along with it. "My dream is to provide affordable housing with affordable transit while retrofitting the abundant underused and underperforming properties lining our aging commercial strip corridors," said Dunham-Jones in a recent interview with American Dreamers.

  • Los Angeles Times

    Urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones says there are more empty-nesters and young professionals than there are teenagers, and they want more lifestyle centers.

  • Washington Post

    “It's not surprising that cities are heating up more rapidly than surrounding areas,” says Brian Stone of Georgia Tech, one of the paper's authors. “But the extent to which they're amplifying warming trends did come as a surprise.”

  • CNN

    Gravel (BS Arch 1995; M Arch and MCP 1999) conceived of the BeltLine in his Master's thesis.

  • NPR

    Ellen Dunham-Jones shares her vision of dying malls rehabilitated, dead "big box" stores re-inhabited and parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands. She shows how the design of where we live can impact some of the most pressing issues of our times: reducing our ecological footprint and energy consumption, improving our health and communities, and providing living options for all ages.

  • Engineering News Record

    Georgia Tech students along with faculty advisor Richard Dagenhart met with the Moreland Community last Saturday to envision the town's future. Special attention was given to reworking the town green, a walkable downtown system of connected sidewalks, and a landscaping and signage plan to help draw attention to the town as a special place. Georgia Tech students working on the project include Daniel Braswell, Nick Coffee, Susannah Lee, Chris Maddox, Canon Manley, Marius Mueller, Stephen Stuttman, Kenny Thompson and Logan Tuura.

  • Next American City

    Professor Dunham Jones discusses vital demographic shifts, different redevelopment strategies and some of the more impressive retrofitting projects going on in the U.S. in this interview with Next American City.

  • ArtsCriticATL
  • The New York Times
  • The New York Times

    "Basically they're building the downtowns that the suburbs never had." -Ellen Dunham Jones, a professor at the College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, on efforts by urban planners and community activists to rethink the uses of shopping malls struggling with high vacancy rates.

  • National Geographic

    As Georgia Tech’s Ellen Dunham-Jones shows, there is a growing trend in the U.S. to retrofit suburbia in ways that incorporate what people like about more traditional urban settings. A panel featuring Dunham-Jones, Emil Frankel of the Bipartisan Policy Institute, Geoff Anderson of Smart Growth America, and Amy Fraenkel of the United Nations Environment Programme pointed out some surprising characteristics of the modern American suburb.

  • AIA Podnet
  • Green Building Chronicle
  • The New York Times

    In recognizing shrinkage as the new normal we not only prepare for the end of cheap oil by better managing our metropolitan fringes, but also boost opportunities for improved quality of life in existing communities and encourage the retrofitting of our most auto-dependent suburban properties into more healthy and sustaining places.

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  • The Augusta Chronicle

    For 15 years, almost two dozen Georgia communities have been evaluated by urban planning professionals looking for ways to stimulate investment and promote sustainability. Harrisburg, a colorful, working-class neighborhood with almost 1,000 buildings, is an important part of Augusta because of its history and proximity to downtown. It is also imperiled by neglect, and in 2007 was placed at the top of Historic Augusta Inc.'s annual list of most endangered historic properties.The planning study, which will run through May, will be conducted by Moore and a team of graduate students led by Georgia Tech professor Richard Dagenhart.

  • Creative Loafing

    Harris Dimitropoulos’ Hecceity (Storrs Gallery, School of Architecture, UNC Charlotte) features nine large digital works made entirely with common tools.

  • Savannah Morning News

    Savannah prides itself on its city plan, a walkable, leafy grid that's served residents and visitors well since General James Oglethorpe mapped it out almost 300 years ago. The city is a fitting place, then, for "Good Urbanism 101," a seminar set for Saturday that will focus on urban design including an emphasis on walkability, alternative transportation, sustainability and the relationship between urban infrastructure and the urban experience. "What we're trying to do is educate people about how to design better cities," said Richard Dagenhart, professor of architecture and urban design at Georgia Tech and one of Saturday's three speakers. "By design I mean either architects, urban planners or interested citizens to be able to work with or understand what's being proposed in a neighborhood and make decisions that result in things being better." Dagenhart will be joined by colleagues David Green and Doug Allen at the seminar sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy.

  • TED Global

    TED Global features Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones' TEDx talk on "retrofitting suburbs" after the talk became a YouTube sensation. According to TED, Dunham-Jones takes "an unblinking look at our underperforming suburbs -- and proposes plans for making them livable and sustainable."

  • TED Talks
  • Korean Land Construction

    Chuck Eastman, architecture and computing professor, and director of the Digital Building Lab, visits with potential collaborators in Korea.

  • San Francisco Chronicle

    Architecture alumnus Matthew MacCaul Turner is turning heads on the west coast with his interior design firm

  • Florida Times-Union

    Architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones keynotes the Region First 2060 workshop and seminar hosted by the Urban Land Institute at the University of North Florida.

  • Fast Company

    Architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones co-chaired the Congress of the New Urbanism examined the impact of suburban sprawl on public health.

  • Creative Loafing

    “ADAPTING SUBURBS IN THE 21ST CENTURY” at the Museum of Design Atlanta is loosely based on architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones’ book Retrofitting Suburbia. The exhibition features student models, work by local architecture firm Cooper Carry, and the LWARPS: We can reverse sprawl project produced by 11 Georgia Tech faculty and 10 students.

  • Miller-McCune

    Architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones is at the forefront of a growing movement to change development patterns as a matter of public health.

  • Decatur News Online

    Architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones comments on a CDC report that illustrates the importance of considering public health factors when creating the built environment.

  • WABE

    Commenting on Georgia Tech’s invitation to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, president Bud Peterson points to the breadth of work being done among faculty, including creating new technologies for the built environment. Georgia Tech is the association's first new member in nine years.

  • Democrat and Chronicle

    Architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones directed a Museum of Design Atlanta exhibition that showcased architecture students’ transformative visions for dying stripmalls in the Atlanta area.

  • The Newnan Times-Herald

    Dr. Leslie N. Sharp, assistant dean in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, led a team of students to survey of the structures in Haralson, Georgia, as part of her Introduction to Historic Preservation course.

  • The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

    Architecture and urban design professor Ellen Dunham-Jones applies her research on suburban retrofits to transforming communities for an aging population.

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    If you’ve ever eaten at a Waffle House, you can thank alumnus architect Clifford Nahser for the boxy, ubiquitous yellow building.

  • Health Facilities Management

    Architecture professor Craig Zimring is applying evidence-based design techniques to help the military upgrade its hospitals and clinics.


    ARCHITECT lauds a richly complex studio space in Georgia Tech’s Master of Architecture program in its annual guide to architecture schools.

  • Georgia Trend

    Environmental psychologist and architecture professor Craig Zimring is actively helping hospitals combine aesthetics and function with an emphasis on patients and families.