Form-Based Codes: Alternative Typologies and Techniques

Description:  Form-based coding has grown from a cottage industry practiced by a few firms to an increasingly mainstream practice. As these codes spread, so do the number of coding formats, techniques, and approaches. This session explored a range o... read more »

Green Buildings, Green Neighborhoods

Description:  This session uses case studies with varying approaches to green building and urban form to examine the nexus between sustainable land use and construction practices. This session explored how green builders can best integrate their proj... read more »

Details of New Urbanism Part 2: Modernism vs. Traditional Architecture

Description:  Participants heard from architects, planners, developers, and marketing consultants about how and why architectural choices are made, and how these decisions can create opportunities, provoke tension, and inform every aspect of the life... read more »

Green Streets

Description:  Designing a "green" street is hard. There’s competition for every square foot (travel lanes, parking, bikes, pedestrians, trees, drainage), and myriad technical requirements (load bearing, emergency services, trash collection, mainten... read more »

Narrow Streets and the Fire Truck

Description:  What happens when the desire for narrow streets collides with fire service concerns about access for ambulances and fire engines? Often one party "wins" and the other feels that its legitimate goals are compromised or ignored. It doesn'... read more »

Streetcars as a New Urbanist Tool

Description:  Once ubiquitous, streetcars are now uniquely suited to serve the high-density development underway in downtowns across the U.S. Participants learned about new streetcar systems and why they have become magnets for new urbanist developm... read more »

Great Streets and Multiway Boulevard Design

Description:  This session explored the design of multi-way boulevards within the context of Great Streets, with an emphasis on recent lessons learned, the ecological design opportunities of boulevards, and some of the devils to be found in the detai... read more »

Living Diversity: Lessons for New Urbanists from the HOPE VI Experience

Description:  What lessons has HOPE VI taught us? What worked and still works? What didn't? What can the next federal public housing initiative take from and build upon HOPE VI? Raymond L. Gindroz, Co-founder and Principal, Urban Design Associates ... read more »

Enabling Great Streets

Description:  Streets play a critical role in the character of any community, defining the quality of the public realm, sizing blocks, providing access, and dictating the arrangement and interaction of land uses. The design and function of a communit... read more »

How to Avoid Post-Charrette Project Meltdown?

Description:  So the charrette went great. Now what? What are potential fatal flaws in the post-charrette phase that can make or break your project? How do you maintain the momentum created at the charrette through the approvals process in a changing... read more »