Create Streets

Create Streets is a non-partisan social enterprise and independent research institute focusing on the built environment. We encourage the creation of more and better urban homes with terraced streets of houses and apartments rather than complex multi-storey buildings. We support reform of the planning system to make it more effectively responsive to what people like in the built environment and campaign for community-led building and locally-supported estate regeneration to deliver homes that are popular and stand the test of time. Source: what we do – Create Streets

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD, DISTRICT, AND CORRIDOR – ACADEMIC AWARD

RESPONSE TO CHARTER PRINCIPLES      The building stock is retained for present uses or for adaptive re-uses (Charter Principles 4, 5, 27).  New buildings are shaped with shallow floor plates for passive heating, cooling, and ventilating; these are also modeled to accommodate flexibly a variety of uses and do so over time: groceries, doctors offices, retail (CP 12, 26).  The blocks are small with a fine-grain to maximize the choices for pedestrians (CP 12).      Second, the proposed intervention reverses the urban morphology with the canal as the backside to the canal as the neighborhood’s public space as…

Andrés Duany:  Why We Code | Studio Sky

Within the last half-century, some 30 million buildings have degraded cities and reduced landscapes. Must we tolerate this comprehensive disaster in exchange for the (perhaps) three thousand great buildings that great architects have produced? Such a win-loss ratio is as unacceptable in architecture as it would be in any other field. We are compelled to intervene and have found that codes are the most effective instruments of reform.We must code because the default setting in contemporary design is mediocrity and worse. Those who object to codes imagine that they constrain architectural masterpieces (their own, usually). But great buildings are few…

Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame

The Acanthus Awards … honor exemplary student work in classical or traditional design from current students and recent graduates.  School of Architecture alumnus Christopher C. Miller, M. Arch ‘14, received recognition for his thesis project, Market Bridge for Bath:  Fitting Type to Local Character—Professor Richard Economakis was the thesis advisor.  Miller developed a plan for a mixed use neighborhood development in the area surrounding River Avon in the historic city of Bath in England. Source: Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame See A Market for Bath:  Fitting Type to…

Congress for the New Urbanism Illinois Academic Charter Award 2016 for Gowanus: from Resilience to Sustainability

    Judson’s graduate urbanism studio has received the 2016 academic CNU-IL Charter Award!  This makes three years in a row!  Graduate student team: Justin Banda, Kay Havlicek, Tyler Hopwood, Marvin Reyes, Tyler Wade, and Andrew Witek.

DC’s first tiny house movement was in the 1880s | History Sidebar

Orange’s tiny houses proposal could mean Washington may be coming full circle to embrace the benefits of housing and economic diversity. Though the Washington City Paper compared the potential outcome of Orange’s proposal to the creation of new fangled Hoovervilles—“Orangevilles,” a columnist called them—a more apt comparison would be to housing that was widespread in Washington nearly a century before the Great Depression. Source: DC’s first tiny house movement was in the 1880s | History Sidebar

Congress for the New Urbanism Illinois Academic Charter Award 2015 for Selverhull, Winchester UK

  The regeneration of Winchester’s northeast quadrant has been a public concern for more than thirty years.  At WinchesterDeservesBetter, Wintonians are campaigning for the serviceability and identity of this venerable and beautiful city.  We have investigated two development alternatives to meet the public interest. The regeneration knits to the high-performing residential fabric to the immediate north and the High Street, develops an opportunity along a channeled brook for connection to regional water meadows, balances pedestrian access against vehicular demands, and resources precedent types promoting local identity and demographic diversity.

Madrid: Equipo académico internacional propone alternativa urbana a futuro mall en Madrid | ArchDaily México

Organizados desde el Premio Rafael Manzano Martos un equipo internacional de profesores y estudiantes españoles de arquitectura ha propuesto una alternativa de carácter urbano a un futuro centro comercial recientemente aprobado por el Consejo de Gobierno de la Comunidad de Madrid en la histórica Plaza de la Cebada, el cual contará con 19.631 m², cuatro pisos de estacionamientos y jardines en la cubierta que pretenden compensar la desaparición del mercado derribado. via Equipo académico internacional propone alternativa urbana a futuro mall en Madrid | ArchDaily México.

Launching our Housing London Report | The Princes Foundation for Building Community

We’re delighted to have launched our report entitled Housing London: A Mid-rise Solution. The report looks at the problems of affordability and inclusivity facing London’s housing supply and offers up recommendations to achieve more mid-rise housing in the capital. HRH The Prince of Wales joined us at our offices in Shoreditch yesterday to launch the report. HRH spoke on the challenges of housing facing the city and recommended that we build more mid-rise developments that support mixed-tenure, sustainable and harmonious communities: “In order to continue to prosper, any healthy city requires a built environment that provides good quality housing, the…