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July 08 2013

Aascot Holt’s Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

July 8th, 2013Posted by 

This is my 54th post in my 63 weeks with Global Site Plans’ The GRID. It has been worth every paragraph, edit, photograph, and late night. My post about the potential for coal trains to run through downtown Spokane, Washington caught the interest of the editor-in-chief of my university’s student newspaper, The Easterner, and I […]

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June 25 2013

Education, Next Gen, and Documents That Suck: Exclusive Post-CNU21 Interview With Brian Wright of TPUDC

June 25th, 2013Posted by 

Brian Wright, TPUDC CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO PODCAST This is a transcription of the downloadable audio interview, available here. Hello and welcome to Global Site Plans’ exclusive interview with Brian Wright. I’m Aascot Holt. Brian is the Founder and Principal of Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative. We chose to speak with him via phone […]

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June 24 2013

The Importance of Downtown Library Branches

June 24th, 2013Posted by 

In the urban planning field, downtowns seem to be either portrayed as prolific new urbanist havens, or gritty, dilapidated messes that fail to breathe life into their communities. This time round, the latter perspective requires attention. Downtown cores in America tend to have a couple running themes to them; only minimal housing options are offered, […]

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June 13 2013

Why We’re Broke: Closing Plenary at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Charles (Chuck) Marohne, Strong Towns Chuck Marohne, Executive Director of Strong Towns, said that the mechanisms of growth we have become accustomed to are waning. Local governments are forced to absorb the costs of new standards and requirements set by the powers that be. He argued that the current pattern of development is not sustainable […]

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June 13 2013

Cell Phone Tracking Data Sold in Hopes for Better Decision Making: Transportation’s Future with Technology at The Congress of the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Rob Milam, Fehr & Peers Ron Milam, Principal-In-Charge of Technical Development at Fehr & Peers, discussed the effect of big data on transportation planning and engineering. He began by lending us some perspective: If you were to purchase a hard drive with the intent to store all music ever recorded by man on it, you […]

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June 13 2013

Guerrilla Planning From the Bottom Up: Tactical Urbanism at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Mike Lydon, The Street Plans Collaborative Mike Lydon, Principal at The Street Plans Collaborative, opened the session with, “It’s time to redesign the project delivery process… to make urbanism legal again.” He suggested that those who wish to see change should set-up a mock up of your desired redesign with traffic cones. This cone redesign […]

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June 12 2013

Crowdsourcing the Evolution of an Industrial Neighborhood: The Granary District’s Journey at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 12th, 2013Posted by 

James Alfandre, Kentlands Initiative James Alfandre, Executive Director at the Kentlands Initiative, opened the session by defining crowdsourcing. He thinks of crowdsourcing as an “open call to an undefined group of people.” It’s essentially Wikipedia’s open source model applied to urban revitalization and development. Alfandre said that there are two major steps to creating the […]

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June 11 2013

Placemaking Through Civic Retail: Public and Farmers’ Markets at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Rob Spanier, LiveWorkLearnPlay Rob Spanier, Partner and Principal of LiveWorkLearnPlay, began with the analogy that planning is the hardware, and activation is the software. He said that there are ways to activate a community in ways that don’t need to rely upon huge capital investment. So why farmers’ and public markets? Spanier said that markets […]

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June 11 2013

Asia’s Sprawling, High Density Future: Exporting New Urbanism to Developing Countries at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Dan Solomon, Mithun | Solomon Dan Solomon, CNU co-founder, author, and Principal at Mithun | Solomon, opened the session by saying that in the context of new urbanism concepts being introduced to developing countries, “We can’t exactly declare victory, but we’ve made our presence strong.” Overall, he explained the urban planning struggles in China. He […]

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June 06 2013

Bring Industrial Uses Back to the Urban Core: Job-Oriented Development at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 6th, 2013Posted by 

Jennifer Griffin, a Visiting Assistant Research Professor of Notre Dame, opened the session by discussing the “workshop neighborhood.” She argued that various light- and medium-industrial uses also have a place in neighborhoods- that those uses, too, deserve to be walkable and part of mixed use neighborhoods. She said that urban industry has economic, social, and […]

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June 06 2013

Book Previews: Sprawl Retrofitting at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 6th, 2013Posted by 

Robert Pittman, artist and author, opened by presenting his new book, Anonymization, for the first time in the United States. He defined sprawl as “anonymous development” due to the alienation one feels when in a sprawling suburb and the loss of unique character and culture via homogenized designs. The book consists of four phases that […]

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June 02 2013

Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big Plenary: A Summary of the Friday Morning Plenary at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Sarah Susanka has written nine books for her best-selling “Not So Big” series. During her plenary presentation, she emphasized the individual’s need to be the change they wish to see in the world. She agreed to design a showhouse for John McLinden of StreetScape, in the SchoolStreet development of Libertyville, IL in 2011. His development […]

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June 02 2013

Collaborative Consumption is Quickly Gaining Ground: The New Economy of Sharing at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Lee Sobel, a Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, opened with a defining aspect of a shared economy: “access trumps ownership.” Good examples of new economy businesses are Airbnb and Couchsurfing, bike sharing, and many variations on car sharing. He recommended some car sharing or […]

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June 01 2013

New Urbanism, Meet the Third World: The Charter Awards at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 1st, 2013Posted by 

The Charter Awards are annual awards given to projects submitted by students and professionals by the Congress for the New Urbanism at the annual Congress. A group of carefully chosen individuals sit on a jury and decide which projects to honor. This year’s jury chair was Doug Farr, CNU-A, President and Founding Principal at Farr […]

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June 01 2013

Integrating Our Aging Population Into Mixed Use Communities: The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 1st, 2013Posted by 

Jon Dauphine, Senior Vice President of Education and Outreach for AARP, said that in 2007, there were 37 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65. In 2030, that number is expected to boom to 72 million. That’s more than 1.5 million per year. In a recent survey, Dauphine explained, 68% of seniors […]

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June 01 2013

Is the “Great American Grid” Even American?: The Great American Grid Debate at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 1st, 2013Posted by 

Susan Mudd, who has attended 20 out of the 21 Congress for the New Urbanism annual congresses and is John Norquist’s wife, explained to me that the reason why CNU has chosen to call their annual gatherings ‘congresses’ rather than ‘conferences’ is due to the serious debates that take place each year. After attending the […]

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May 31 2013

Lean Urbanism with Andrés Duany: Thursday Morning Plenary of The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

Founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and Congress for the New Urbanism cofounder, Andrés Duany, discussed the post-recession future of new urbanism. His major theme was “Lean Urbanism,” or a harmony between “green” building (though not necessarily LEED certified as he often joked), sustainability, and economic efficiency. He envisioned a future that chose to […]

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May 30 2013

Nature & Urbanism with Richard Louv: Opening Plenary of The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

May 30th, 2013Posted by 

To officially begin CNU21, Salt Lake City’s Mayor, Ralph Becker, welcomed all of the Congress attendees. Most had travelled quite a long way, and he encouraged attendees to explore his fair city while here. Richard Louv, author, was the most impassioned speaker. Best known for his book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children […]

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May 30 2013

Students for CNU Session Summary: The Congress for the New Urbansim’s CNU21

May 30th, 2013Posted by 

This CNU21 session was geared toward student, campus, and faculty involvement with SNU, or Students for the New Urbanism. This is the only session offered that has a focus on students. The purpose of the meeting was to essentially brainstorm ideas for a better CNU, or the Congress for the New Urbanism, and SNU involvement […]

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May 29 2013

Visit Public Square: The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21 is Taking Requests

May 29th, 2013Posted by 

Have you ever been able to control what you learn in a class? You can with CNU21’s clever combination of MindMixer and all of the 202 courses offered at the conference: Public Square. CNU21 is this year’s annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference and will be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt […]

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