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…

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.

A Waterfront Route to Serve the Poor, Not Just the Wealthy – The New York Times

Mr. de Blasio said on Thursday that he planned to build a new streetcar line along the waterfront from Brooklyn to Queens, a stretch of real estate that now commands stupefying prices but offers almost no public transit options. “Not everybody rides bicycles,” observed Richard Ravitch, the former lieutenant governor. Of course, streetcars would aid and abet the rampage of gentrification. But they would also provide a chance at decent transit for more than 40,000 people who live in New York City housing projects that were built along the waterfront in the 1940s and ’50s, when the area was an…

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.

How cars seized city streets from pedestrians – Vox

Roads were not always the domain of cars. In the early 1900s, “pedestrians were walking in the streets anywhere they wanted, whenever they wanted, usually without looking,” Peter Norton, a historian at the University of Virginia, told me for a recent article about the creation of the crime of jaywalking. Obviously, that didn’t last long. As cars began to spread, accidents increased, and automakers embarked on an aggressive campaign to redefine who belonged on the roads, eventually restricting pedestrians to crosswalks. It worked so successfully that, today, few people are aware that city streets were once a bustling mix of pedestrians,…

PlaceMatters | Thoughts On Place, Technology, and Planning

One of the more pressing issues facing many communities is the changing needs of residents as they age. Driving becomes difficult, building design can be a burden, and the amenities seniors need can be very different than the needs of young families or singles. Lifetime Communities are places designed to take into account the changing needs of residents at all age levels. The challenge is that we don’t have enough of these places in most parts of the U.S. PlaceMatters recently partnered with the Center for Aging at Indiana University to build the Lifetime Communities Tool, a survey that gauges current…

European Towns Remove Traffic Signs to Make Streets Safer | Europe | DW.DE | 27.08.2006

Towns in Germany and the Netherlands are beginning to remove road signs in the hope of decongesting roads and making travel a less confusing experience. Do they make roads safer or more dangerous? Imagine what it would be like traveling around towns without street signs. Would people move around carefully, looking out for each other or would chaos break out? In the Netherlands, transport planner Hans Monderman has pioneered a new method which involves removing traffic signs, lights and in some cases, road markings. This concept has successfully been tested in the small Dutch town of Drachten, which has had…

Free public transit in Tallinn is a hit with riders but yields unexpected results | Citiscope

TALLINN, Estonia — Last January, Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, did something that no other city its size had done before: It made all public transit in the city free for residents. City officials made some bold predictions about what would result. There would be a flood of new passengers on Tallinn’s buses and trams — as many as 20 percent more riders. Carbon emissions would decline substantially as drivers left their cars at home and rode transit instead. And low-income residents would gain new access to jobs that they previously couldn’t get to. As Mayor Edgar Savisaar likes to…