So what would become of the suburbs if we gave up fossil fuels and moved toward a low-energy, post-carbon society beyond growth?
Suburban catastrophists like James Kunstler in the US argue that fossil fuel depletion will imminently render the suburban landscape an inhospitable wasteland. Such curdled imaginations fail to recognise suburbia’s latent capacity to become something new.
Inspired by research and advocacy from the likes of Ivan Illich, David Holmgren, and Ted Trainer, we see the suburbs as an ideal place to begin retrofitting our cities according to a new vision of prosperity.
Read Degrowth in the suburbs by Dr Samuel Alexander and Brendan Gleeson at Ecologist.