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LEED-ND Corresponding Cmte Update: 10 Jan 07

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With US urbanists (mostly) blocked, Euro urbanists rush in to help save Havana

The Cuban and Norwegian chapters of the Council for European Urbanism (CEU) have been busy arranging two great opportunities to learn more about (and influence) Cuban urbanism: a week long tour traveling to Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad (Feb 24 - Mar 3) and a charrette focused on Old Havana's waterfront and nearby Casablanca (Mar 4-10).

Revival of Detroit's Book Cadillac Hotel: See the Video Here

One of the most exciting new developments in Downtown Detroit is the restoration of the Book Cadillac Hotel by the Ferchill Group. Check out this video, provided by Model D (a Detroit website covering redevelopment efforts in the city).

Katrina's Cottage Industry - Washington Post

Nearly a year and a half have passed since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast as well as the unveiling of New Urbanism's latest poster child--the Katrina Cottage. What began as a response to razed housing in Louisiana and Mississippi is now expanding elsewhere. A new round of manufactured cottages have hit the market with potential to gain popularity beyond the Gulf.

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Is Martha serious about building New Urbanism?

Martha Stewart and KB Homes are making a big PR push in which they're branding their new Avellino Development as New Urbanism. And the fruits of this push are showing up all over the media (such as here and here).

Biloxi Must Not Waver in Community-Based Renewal, Says Pulitzer-winning Sun Herald

With its editorials and ongoing coverage, the Sun Herald of South Mississippi proves again and again that the Pulitzer committee made a wise decision in awarding the paper the top prize in journalism. With a compelling and carefully detailed December column, Sun Herald publisher Ricky Mathews astutely analyzes post-Katrina rebuilding in Biloxi, the Mississippi Gulf Coast's most closely watched city, and calls for exceptional leadership from city leaders to overcome the epic damage caused by Katrina.

Attending Global Place: Practice, Politics and the Polis?

The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is hosting a two-day interdisciplinary symposium on January 4-6,2007 in Ann Arbor Michigan. Global Place: Practice, Politics, and the Polis will bring together two dozen renowned architects, urban planners, researchers and scholars from around the world. The centennial conference will address questions and opportunities that architecture and planning face in an increasingly urbanized, media-driven and commoditized world.

Heather's Haifa (Educational) Holiday

Haifa is Israel’s third largest city (pop. 260,000) set on a hill above the Mediterranean and serves as Israel’s largest port. It holds socially diverse population including Arabs, Jews, Christians and a major Baha' i shrine. There are three distinct neighborhoods along the hill: The port or industrial area, the business district (Hadar) and the Carmel district at the highest point where the conference took place. Israel’s only subway the Carmelit runs up and down through the Haifa hillside. The city is also home to a number of universities, including the University of Haifa and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and a number of student and professors attended the conference.

Great Squares

I'm in the midst of what seems like a never ending research project on some of the great Georgian squares in London. I am trying hard to understand as much as I can about the design of squares, and the Georgian squares of London are more of a vehicle as opposed to an endorsement. I am working on several actual projects currently that include “squares” and so my interest is particularly keen with regard to dimensions that work and those that do not. But the other issue I am exploring is the connectedness of squares in predominately mixed use districts, and that too makes the London squares in Belgravia, etc. potentially helpful since you can “kick the tire” on twenty differently shaped squares in roughy a half mile radius. Plus, the average walking distance between the London squares surveyed is only 586 feet - I think a very remarkable frequency for an area very much developed by thoughtful speculators. Noteworthy.