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Galina Tachieva

Galina Tachieva is an expert in urban redevelopment, sprawl repair, and form-based codes. As a partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners, Tachieva directs the design and implementation of projects in the US and around the world. Tachieva is the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, an award-winning publication by Island Press, which focuses on the retrofit of auto-centric suburban places into complete, walkable communities. Tachieva is a leader of the Congress for the New Urbanism Sprawl Retrofit Initiative, a founding member of the Congress for European Urbanism, a board member of the New Urban Guild Foundation, and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and by the US Green Building Council as a LEED-Accredited Professional.

Lean Sprawl Repair – Mall Retrofit

As a comprehensive method for transforming car-dependent environments into walkable, diverse communities, Sprawl Repair includes small-scale and inexpensive interventions. Sprawl Repair works at multiple scales, from the region to the neighborhood and the building, and utilizes a variety of tools that are cost-effective, incremental, and can be quickly implemented. This paper will demonstrate how a mall, the most promising contender for Sprawl Repair, can be retrofitted in small, efficient steps, creating much-needed, cheap space for incubating new businesses and artisan uses, as well as providing affordable student housing.

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