Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as PlacesThe new collection of Unsprawl case studies by Simmons B. Buntin, with Ken Pirie, including a foreword by Galina Tachieva — published by Planetizen Press and now available.

Unwinding the unsustainable ways in which we’ve built our communities over the last half-century is the most pressing challenge confronting planning, design and development today. Utilizing a dozen case studies from throughout North America, Unsprawl examines the visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies employed to introduce new patterns of development into a regulatory, cultural and financial landscape structured to encourage sprawl.

As architect Galina Tachieva notes in her foreword, “Whether they are downtown redevelopments, new greenfield villages, retrofits or ambitious sustainability experiments, the projects in this book demonstrate the long-needed revival of our thinking about urbanism.”

Case studies:

  • Prospect New Town – Longmont, Colorado
  • NorthWest Crossing – Bend, Oregon
  • Lenox Village – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rockville Town Square – Rockville, Maryland
  • Glenwood Park – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Belmar – Lakewood, Colorado
  • RiverPlace – Portland, Oregon
  • Second Street District – Austin, Texas
  • Suisun City Waterfront District – Suisun City, California
  • Dockside Green – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Prairie Crossing – Grayslake, Illinois
  • Civano – Tucson, Arizona
Latest News.

Video: Simmons Buntin discusses his recent Animals in Poems class at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
January 6, 2015

Updated edition of Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, by Simmons B. Buntin with Ken Pirie, and featuring an introduction by Galina Tachieva, is now available from Planetizen Press! Learn more and order your copy.
August 1, 2014

Terrain.org editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin launches redesigned Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, now published on a rolling basis.
February 3, 2014

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Upcoming Events.

June 12-16, 2015
Workshop Instructor, Panelist, and Editor at Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference in Homer, Alaska. Learn more and register now!

June 23-27, 2015
Terrain.org Representative and Reading Facilitator at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) 11th Bienniel Conference at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho

July 27 - August 1, 2015
Mount St. Helens Science Pulse: Simmons Buntin joins writers, artists, and scientists for a week atop the Washington volcano. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University.

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Bloom: Poems by Simmons B. Buntin (2010)



Riverfall: Poems by Simmons B. Buntin (2005)

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