Wilder, Matthew Albert
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Current trends in suburban development have led to an overabundance of empty and abandoned "big-box" retail buildings and similar structures. Opponents of suburban sprawl have become evermore vocal about the aesthetic and social problems associated with sprawl, especially sprawl of the past thirty years. Past and present theories of suburban development compete to solve the problem of sprawl, yet few have taken an honest look at the current state of the suburban landscape. This thesis examines the theories of Robert Venturi, Rem Koolhaas, the New Urbanists, and others in order to develop an honest understanding of the suburban landscape. By combining the ideas of the many theorists and incorporating strategies of infill and reuse an example of suburban infill is presented through the design component of this thesis. An infill and reuse program is presented for a former Ford automobile dealership in suburban Athens, Georgia.