What if the cars are not the problem? What if the greatest challenge facing sustainability are the towers, not the cars? Consider that the fleet changes over every 4 to 10 years. However, towers may be around for more than 300 years. Continue reading
LCA Charrette, Park City, Utah 2003
Two men and a woman walk into a bar carrying a pizza in a cardboard box. They sit down, take the pizza out, turn the box over and start drawing on it. After a couple of hours of discussions and drawing they have finished a ‘charrette’.
Charrettes are just about that simple. Continue reading
Growth Is the Engine of Change — LNV (2000)
The tradition of western urbanism may be summed by two concepts: the classical and the vernacular. The former term has been so misused that it may render the proposition either nonsensical, or incomprehensible to most of us. Yet, embracing this basic distinction between two different modes of building is fundamental for managing the growth of our cities. Detroit City filing for bankruptcy in the summer of 2013 presents the alternative. Faced with pending crisis, and famously phrased by Canadian critic Northrope Frye, we must learn to “distinguish where we cannot divide.” (open cit.) Continue reading
I have just added a Resources page on this website. The page provides links to key authors in urbanism speaking about their work. Sometimes the lecture or presentation format lends itself better to the transmission of ideas than the written text. Other times it is useful to have both. You can see it by clicking on the “Res” button on the header or by clicking here.
2010 Computer model of intensification scheme, Melbourne, Australia (green & dark blue areas do not change)
Rob Adams, Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne, Australia, and Professor at the Europe-Australia Institute, Victoria University, Melbourne, presented a concept in 2010 that would double the population in Melbourne. Dubbed Melbourne @ 8 Million, the program calls for doubling the population of the city by using only 7.5% of the urban footprint. The premise that only a small footprint of urban land is required to expand urban populations in cities experiencing over 60 years of modern sprawl is open to question. Growth is the engine of change. The prospect of leaving 93.5% of the city untouched raises questions about what things there are that may need changing in the vast areas developed as suburban sprawl. I explored the idea of residential intensification on the arterials locally in 2009. Some details of Ron Adam’s presentation don’t stand up to scrutiny. For example, defining buildout as 5-storeys-plus leaves the door open for market manipulation.
Leon Krier - Transect T4 – american towns
The 30-minute slide lecture presents a formidable challenge: Can we boil down a message as complex and multi-facetted as ‘good’ urbanism into a small set of manageable principles? Probably not, but that’s no reason to stop trying. Read more.
Cuban born urbanist Andrés Duany presents his singular contribution to town planning— the urban transect. Speaking in Vancouver in 2008 after completing the South Fraser Lands Charrette Duany is in top form chiding the audience and taunting his critics while laying out a comprehensive presentation of transect planning and form based coding. Follow him on a walk through his break through project Seaside Florida here.
Read The Tyee nailing Duany in a 2007 interview NOT!