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Porchfest season swings coast to coast

Porchfest is a free music event where people sign up to play on their front porches, lawns, or stoops on a given afternoon. 

Mon, Aug 17th 2015 9:25am
Progress depends on more 'infrastructure of community'

Healthy places need two physical characteristics: The architecture of community and the infrastructure of community. Here's why the infrastructure is so important.

Thu, Jul 30th 2015 12:53pm
Seaside Institute Offers Architectural Photography and Composition Workshop

Registration is now open for Steven Brooke's architectural photography class in Seaside, Florida. The dynamic 5-day workshop combines the history of architectural depiction and composition with an accessible approach to the technical demands of photographing architecture, landscape, and interiors. The workshop is suitable for students of all ability levels and backgrounds - from professional architects and real estate professionals to travelers for whom architecture and design is a passion.

Sun, Jun 21st 2015 11:01pm
Hightstown Downtown Waterfront Experience

Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and intergrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meeting.

Wed, Jun 17th 2015 9:52pm
Plugged in or wireless, Americans grow more isolated

Restoring the civic commons is key to making progress on many challenges, according to a new report.

Wed, Jun 10th 2015 2:09pm
Responsible tourism

How to preserve the goose that lays the golden egg

Thu, May 28th 2015 9:33am
UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation

The University of Miami School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring “third places” – community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers – into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment.

Fri, May 8th 2015 3:15pm
New index examines livability

AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the US. It is useful and problematic.

Wed, May 6th 2015 11:58am
Seaside Writers Conference

The Seaside Institute is teaming up with other non-profit organizations in Seaside to sponsor the Seaside Writers Conference from May 11-17. The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, on day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events. A limited number of affordable places to stay are available for registrants in the Seaside Academic Village.

Sun, Apr 19th 2015 10:12pm
Bringing new life to Old Town

Old Town Burleson, Texas, has many opportunities for placemaking and new pedestrian-oriented development that could enhance the identity of the suburb 10 miles south of Fort Worth, according to a new urban team led by Mithun|Solomon.

Wed, Apr 15th 2015 8:06am
Anchor a revitalization with an arts plaza

Torti Gallas and Partners led a CNU "Legacy Charrette" team that recommended streetscape improvements and other pedestrian enhancements throughout the Six Points Urban Village.

Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 8:03am
Upcoming programs at the Seaside Institute

The Seaside Institute is offering a series of Arts & Architecture related
classes this spring. Architectural Photography with Steven Brooke, Plein
Air painting with Kathie Odom and an intensive drawing class with Brian
Bomeisler. A limited number of affordable places to stay are available for
registrants in the Seaside Academic Village.

Wed, Mar 18th 2015 7:02pm
We’re all complicit in change. So now what?

Once we acknowledge our own culpability in inevitable change, the more we can work together to address it — towards the greatest possible benefit for the most people.

Thu, Mar 5th 2015 1:57pm
Suburbs of survival, and the Democracy of placemaking

"Sustainable placemaking concepts must not be limited to downtown areas. There are clear health and economic benefits from building services into suburban neighborhoods."

Tue, Feb 3rd 2015 4:35pm
A new village wins Community of the Year
The Village of Providence, a remarkable project that was named the National Association of Homebuilders' Community of the Year for 2014, also launched my career in New Urbanism.
Sat, Jan 24th 2015 10:27am
Concluding UDO Draft Released: All set for commission consideration

In 2010, Decatur, Georgia completed a 10-year update to its Strategic Plan
which defined a community-based vision for its future and provided steps for the
City to take to achieve it. During the planning process, discussion often focused on
growth and development in context of a desire for the community to be environmentally, socially, and economically sustainability. As the City and its consultants looked at how to promote these ideas, it became clear that the regulations that guided growth in the City were often at odds with the Plan. To align their regulations with the Strategic Plan in a progressive, user-friendly format, the City retained a team led by TSW to prepare a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combining zoning, subdivision, environmental, and other regulations into a legally sound and enforceable document.

Mon, Jan 12th 2015 5:33pm
A Season to Give Something Back

As a Certified B Corporation, Opticos is committed to a triple bottom line that includes sustainable business, accountability, transparency, and meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. As part of our B Corp goals, Opticos sets aside a portion of money on an annual basis to give to a charity or group of charities that are important to us.

Tue, Dec 30th 2014 4:17pm
What is a livable community, anyway?

In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities.

Tue, Dec 30th 2014 12:11pm
Jane Jacobs was right

Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers, according to a study. 

Sat, Dec 20th 2014 11:11am
Berlin and its urban 'playborhoods'

Walking around Berlin, my 10-year old pointed out the exceptional numbers of downtown kids, and really enjoyed hanging out in some of the neighborhood parks.

Mon, Nov 17th 2014 11:54am
From Pop Up to Stand Up: Growing a Creative Economy

Urban Design Associates has led the re-shaping of the charrette model to not only project the reactivation of neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces, but to be part of the reactivation.

Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 9:57pm
What’s in it for me? Why placemaking matters

Why does city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? Here’s an elevator pitch and a more detailed answer.

Tue, Sep 16th 2014 3:15pm
You’ve got lemons: What now?

Before it was a tiny lending library; now it’s a timeless marker of community that’s emerged as the source of conflict—12-year-old T.J. Guerrero and his Dunedin, Florida lemonade stand.

Tue, Sep 9th 2014 9:30am
Ferguson's potential

Despite inner-ring suburban problems, communities like Ferguson, Missouri, have significant potential for revival.

Wed, Aug 27th 2014 12:37pm
Stroad nation

We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval.

Wed, Aug 27th 2014 9:25am

Research

Plugged in or wireless, Americans grow more isolated

Restoring the civic commons is key to making progress on many challenges, according to a new report.

Wed, Jun 10th 2015 2:09pm
New index examines livability

AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the US. It is useful and problematic.

Wed, May 6th 2015 11:58am
Jane Jacobs was right

Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers, according to a study. 

Sat, Dec 20th 2014 11:11am