• Top 10 techniques for educating community leaders about placemaking

    Extraordinary strides have been made in the advancement of placemaking over the past twenty-five years.
    Extraordinary strides have been made in the advancement of placemaking over the past twenty-five years. Think about it. In the years prior, the term “placemaking” wasn’t even in common use by developers, designers and planners. Nor were terms such as form-based code , new urbanism , smart growth ,...Read more
  • Filling in the ‘Missing Middle’: No new wheels, please

    The idea is to max out the potential of existing zoning, financing, design and construction processes and to do it at scales unlikely to freak out adjacent neighbors or trigger complicated review processes.
    For lots of reasons, including the ones PlaceMakers’ Scott Doyon explains here , Seaside, on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, makes a great place to talk about the appeal of small-scale dwellings in small-lot neighborhoods. Certainly, hanging out in a place where the real estate market has bid up...Read more
  • Home design: The community is key

    Good news for architects and urbanists.
    The good news for architects is that their business is strong. The good news for urbanists is that architects are increasingly designing for infill, transit-accessible, compact, and walkable neighborhoods. All of these features rose in prominence according to the American Institute for Architects (...Read more
  • Jane Jacobs: Four ways to improve cities and towns

    Influential words from the most influential writer on urban planning in modern times
    The most influential writer on urban planning in modern times, the late Jane Jacobs received the Vincent Scully Prize from the Green Building Council in 2000. Jacobs made a seminal speech offering suggestions for communities on the four topics: Empowering immigrant neighborhoods to develop freely,...Read more