April 03 2014

Stapleton, Denver: Living up to its New Urbanism Promise?

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Stapleton, Denver is a New Urbanism development on the site of former Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. The former airport sat on 4,700 acres located about ten minutes east from Downtown Denver. Stapleton, at full build-out, is expected to be home to: Nearly 30,000 residents in 13,000 homes; Ten plus schools; An eighty-acre […]

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March 13 2014

Tearing it Down: Melbourne at Odds with British Architectural History

March 13th, 2014Posted by 

Melbourne has an iconic history, which is only 200 somewhat years old. Having a British lineage means that most of the buildings created in the gold rush days resemble European ideals that today may seem a little dated for the modern Australian. That being said, the city of Melbourne takes heritage preservation very seriously and […]

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December 18 2013

Growing a Garden City: A Book Review on Duany’s Agrarian Urbanism

December 18th, 2013Posted by 

Is agriculture the new golf? Former skeptic Andres Duany says it very well could be. I was fortunate enough to hear Duany speak on his book, “Garden Cities: Theory & Practice of Agrarian Urbanism.” As usual, he didn’t disappoint with his energetic and blunt character that never needs a flashy presentation or pretty pictures to […]

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December 03 2013

It’s History, But Not Preserved: The Demolition of The University of Ulster, Belfast

December 3rd, 2013Posted by 

What should happen to worn out buildings? Should they be refurbished or demolished to make way for a new design? Questions like these often come up in situations of regeneration, such as in Belfast with the redevelopment of University of Ulster. The University of Ulster is currently situated in Belfast, but there are also campuses in […]

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November 21 2013

New and Improved: A Book Review for Charter of the New Urbanism, 2nd Edition

November 21st, 2013Posted by 

It might have been 14 years, but we have a Charter Book back in print again. The Congress for the New Urbanism has updated the classic book, long out of print, based on the CNU Charter that was signed in 1996. The Charter itself remains unchanged; this edition of the book simply advances the original principles […]

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November 04 2013

Above the Freeway, Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park Celebrates One Year

November 4th, 2013Posted by 

Texas is full of clichés. From “Everything’s bigger in…” to the familiar cowboy caricature, Texas is synonymous with a culture that characteristically ostentatious and southern. Maybe more than any of the state’s other major destinations, Dallas carries the consequence of an epic television show of the same name – glamorizing the state’s many eccentricities through […]

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September 19 2013

Santa Rosa Infill Project Falls Short of Expectations

September 19th, 2013Posted by 

The idea began with great intentions: tear down a blighted building in Santa Rosa’s underused Courthouse Square and replace it with a multi-story mixed-use tower. The building in question, an antiquated AT&T long-distance switching facility, is an architectural eyesore and a barrier to Santa Rosa’s potential to create a thriving downtown. However, three years and […]

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July 15 2013

Greek Urban Competitions for the Welfare of the Many

July 15th, 2013Posted by 

In contrast to the plethora of public-private architectural and urban competitions concentrating on museums, opera houses, and prominent public spaces, during the last three years there has been a shift towards a range of areas around big Greek cities.  One can say that the rise of interest in cities that tourism doesn’t reach was inaugurated […]

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July 12 2013

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I […]

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June 27 2013

Planning Steps into the Spotlight: Walkable City Book Review

June 27th, 2013Posted by 

If you’re a planner and have tried to explain to everyday folks the importance of good planning, then you know it can be a difficult topic to interest them. Most either find the planning profession to be too regulatory or know nothing about it at all. In Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown can Save […]

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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 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

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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