Design

Jan Gehl on American Cities and Walkability

Fast Company recently posted a Q and A with Danish urban designer Jan Gehl. Mr. Gehl, the author of the book, "Life Between Buildings," as well as a new book titled "Cities for People," is an expert at building cities at a people-centered scale. ... read more »

LEED-ND is for everyone (in a lot of places)!

In Kaid Benfield's latest blog entry, "Analysis proves that even small towns and rural areas have locations eligible for LEED-ND honors," he fights back against the idea that small towns and rural areas cannot receive a LEED-ND rating. According to Benfield: ... read more »

The Pullman Wal-Mart: One Step Forward, One Step Back

I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but a story on the design of a new Wal-Mart approved for the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago's south side described my reaction in rosier terms than I intended. ... read more »

Grid is good: Keeping the faith with the classic street patterns

Grids are the urbanists' power tools, Lee Sobel told Friday afternoon's session on "The Great American Grid." They help build great places quickly. ... read more »

Food, Energy, Transportation, Urban Design, Climate for an Eternity without Oil!

2. The specific challenges that we must all address are A) the production of food without petroleum – there were approximately 100 million Americans in 1915 and 21.5 million horses (≅5:1) to help ... read more »

Taking it to the Street

Our studio was recently included in APA's Planning Magazine for our Field Trips and what we have learned from them. ... read more »

Looking for 50' Lot House Plans

I'm looking to find some house plans that would be appropriate for a 50' lot. A vacant home is my neighborhood (1920s) is being bought and likely torn down and rebuilt. ... read more »

CNU Co-Founder Duany designs housing for displaced Haitians

Architect, planner and CNU Co-founder Andres Duany has designed a prefabricated hous ... read more »

Form Based Code and Recovery of Hydrologic Function in Urbanized Watersheds

We are a research team from Virginia Tech. Our postulates: Building more sustainable cities is a good thing Much new re-development and densification is being based on NU principles ... read more »