Paul Lukez
1310 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

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Intro to Suburban Transformations

Smart Growth advocates, environmentalists, and New Urbanists have all tried in various ways to spread the message of reforming current land use patterns.

Suburban Transformations offers an alternative to these practices while synthesizing many of the ideas and proposals that they put forth. Paul Lukez, architect and former professor of architectural design at MIT, explores a process of planning that embraces the forces of time and change, encouraging the natural transformations that make communities unique.

Both a work of theory and a practical tool for suburban community planning, Suburban Transformations introduces the Adaptive Design Process, a method that allows for the organic transformation of communities from suburbs and edge cities that lack a sense of place into communities with their own distinct identity and unique character. In order to stimulate the authentic and fluid evolution of a sustainable community, this process draws important information from a site’s history, building upon it by projecting into the future with a series of transformations of buildings, programs, and infrastructure, to create a more habitable and memorable environment. Five case studies provide fully expressed examples of the process, beginning with a sophisticated system of mapping and culminating in computer projections of likely future outcomes, giving the designer the ability to project changes in the community fabric and adding that knowledge to the designer’s kit of place-making tools.

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Profile of Paul Lukez

Prior to establishing Paul Lukez Architecture in 1992, and Transform X in 2006, Mr. Lukez worked in the field of architecture and urban design since 1978. He has extensive experience in a wide range of projects including multi-family housing, universities airports, subway stations, museums, urban multi-use centers, factories, restaurants, interiors and residences. He has worked for nationally and internationally recognized architectural firms such as S.O.M. / Chicago, William Rawn Associates, Arrowstreet Inc. and Wallace Floyd. He is the recipient of numerous academic and professional honors. Paul has taught architectural design at M.I.T., Miami University, Roger Williams University and the Boston Architectural Center. In addition, he has lectured widely in the US, Europe and Asia.

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Profile of Paul Lukez Architecture _www.lukez.com

Paul Lukez Architecture was established in 1992. The firm’s charter calls for exploring new forms of architectural practice. Through parallel investigations of ideas explored both in research and practice, lessons learned from both sets of endeavors can inform and enrich one another.

Paul Lukez is a graduate of MIT with over twenty years of professional experience in a wide range of building types including; housing, restaurants, interiors, retail, residences, factories, subway stations, and urban design/planning projects.

He is the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards. His work has been widely published in local, regional, national and international journals and books. Paul Lukez has taught as a (visiting) professor at MIT, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, TU Delft, Roger Williams University, Miami University, Boston Architectural Center and the Technical University of Prague.

The PLA staff consists of highly skilled and talented individuals whose enthusiasm and energy are only matched by their commitment to design of the highest quality. In addition, the firm prides itself on its ability to assemble and work collaboratively with a wide array of consultants, artists, crafts persons, and professionals in order to achieve project synergy.


Profile of Transform X _www.transform-x.org

Established in 2006, Transform X is the research and urban design / planning division of Paul Lukez Architecture. In addition to conducting urban design research projects, Transform X serves communities, developers and institutions (colleges / universities, corporations and non-profit organizations) seeking to achieve the systematic transformation of their environment and facilities. We concern ourselves primarily with the unique challenges facing (sub)urban contexts. Our studies address their particular infrastructure, open spaces, and ecology in an effort to create distinctive and lasting communities. To us, the “X” in Transform X is the variable we test when seeking appropriate solutions. What we offer our clients is not a static master plan, instead our process responds to the changes that occur in a community’s needs and values over time. By utilizing the maps and models that arise out of our computer simulations, community members can visualize future possibilities and develop places with a strong local identity. In short, Transform X aims to serve communities and institutions and their stakeholders with a picture of the future and a reasonable and flexible process to achieve positive transformations to the environment.


Invitation for Submission

This website is intended to serve as a repository for case studies representing current ideas and practices for transforming suburbs, edge cities and their buildings / environments into more sustainable and habitable places with a stronger sense of identity.

This website is designed to serve as a useful resource to professionals, students and community members alike.

You are invited to submit projects which fall within a wide array of project types (see “Categories and Descriptions” below). Projects can be built projects, plans under consideration, or future projections for transformations.

We ask that your submission include the following:

1) A short description of your project (approximately 100 words in length.)

2) Images, photographs, renderings, or plans of past , present (and future) conditions as dictated by the case study.

3) Credits for the project, including key players and stake holders (owner, developer, architect /planners, designers, contractors, consultants, etc.)

4) All jpegs should be sized to 900 pixels wide x 500 pixels high.

5) A statement written by the applicant asserting that the applicant has the permission to post all submitted materials to this site. This statement must be submitted by e-mail or fax (617-628-9860) for the submission to be considered.

To submit projects, email images and files in jpeg format to submit@suburban-transformations.com. Each submission will be allotted a maximum of six pages. Each page should be designed and formatted per the applicant’s intent. No formatting changes will be made to the submissions. We encourage creative, but clearly represented case studies which communicate the essential ideas and concepts of your submission.

Submissions will be reviewed at the end of each month, and selected submissions will be posted shortly thereafter. Applicants will be notified accordingly.

Please contact submit@suburban-transformations.com with any questions.


Categories & Descriptions

1.) Malls & Strip Malls – Malls, strip malls, and the parking lots required by each.

2.) Offices/Institutions – Speculative office buildings and complexes, corporate centers, hospital, and campus centers.

3.) Housing – All forms of housing, including a) tract, individual and custom residences, b) town houses, mid-rises and high-rises, and c) public, affordable, and mixed-income.

4.) Multiuse – Mix of uses (public and/or private), including retail, housing, office, parking, and other amenities

5.) Public Space/Landscape – Interior and exterior public spaces, publicly or privately controlled, with or without the presence of (natural) landscape features and amenities.

6.) Infrastructure – Highways, rail lines, subways, light rail, bus stops, bike paths, walkways, (pedestrian) bridges, public easements, parking, canals, waterways, and other forms of infrastructure

7.) Public Buildings – Civic, cultural, recreational, entertainment, and commemorative

8.) Miscellaneous Suburban Buildings – Fast food joints, gas stations, and convenience stores

9.) Sustainable Design – Solar and wind farms, renewable landscapes (forests, grasslands, recharge areas / aquifers), urban / community farms, recycling facilities, cogeneration plants, and other alternative energy-generating facilities



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