Design

Master Planning for a LEED Certified Neighbourhood in Kelowna, Canada

The following post comes courtesy of Global Site Plans' The Grid. CNU and Global Site Plans recently teamed up to syndicate Grid content, as its contingent of writers present a view on the opportunities and issues of urbanization all across the world. CNU will carry select posts from th... read more »

The (Not Quite So) Suburban Jewish Holiday

I have written about the uneasy relationship between Judaism and suburbanization: low density makes it difficult for Jews to live within walking distance of synagogues and generally makes it difficult to create a cohesive community.    ... read more »

Taking on code reform to improve public health in Atlanta

This post originally appeared on the CNU Atlanta website as part one of a three part series leading up the the Healthy Communities Summit, which will be held September 20-21 in Atlanta, GA. ... read more »

The Olympic Legacy...First Hand

With all the talk and excitement flying around about the London 2012 Olympics, I couldn’t help but weigh in with my experience at the games last week. My husband and I were fortuitous enough to attend the games in person this summer, and experience all that came along with it, including transporta... read more »

Urban Designer Series: Robert Moses

In an attempt to dive a little deeper into what urban design is, and how it became the important profession that it is today, I have decided to start an “Urban Designer” series. Periodically, I will look at the most well-known urban design writers, scholars, and professionals throughout history ... read more »

Outdoor Space and Public Housing: How Do We Design It?

I have written about the history of public housing a few times on At the Helm of the Public Realm. Studying it as an urban designer and as an architect, has given me many different views on how developments like Pruitt Igoe and Cabrini Green got it so wrong. It seems that every built environment pro... read more »

Sprawl With A Human Face

I just did something I wanted to do since moving to New York: visited Levittown, a historic postwar suburb.  Photos of my visit are here.   ... read more »

Permaculture Design and Environmental Studies at UTSI, Costa Rica

I am currently working on a project in the Southwest coast of Costa Rica in the town of Uvita just North of the Osa Peninsula.  This project is called the Uvita Tropical Studies Institute.  The website can be found at www.utsi.org.  The Osa Peninsula region is an environmental gem. &n... read more »

Mayberry: Is Small Town America a Myth?

It's true that the American icon of Mayberry was well before my time, but as a native North Carolinian it certainly has been indoctrinated into my personal culture and maybe even identity. Fictional Mayberry, North Carolina was in almost every American's living room for nearly a decade, and many mor... read more »

Building Smarter Cities…In the Year 2060

When my colleague put an article on my desk today with the subtitle, “Climate change will drive people to urban areas. How will urban planners accommodate them all?” it caught my attention, not because of the topic, but because of the double spread striking image of the “flat tower” proposed... read more »