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The most recent issue of the NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “It’s All in the Details: The Front Porch,” written by Carson Looney. The article includes tips on how to design a great porch and highlights multiple LRK projects. 

The November cover story of Professional Builder Magazine, "Mixed Use Revitalizes Urban Areas," shows examples of revitalization around the country, including LRK project Eddy Street Commons, at the gateway to the University of Notre Dame. LRK principals, Victor Buchholz and Frank Ricks, explain more about the design approach in this article. 

Cities in North Africa, the Saudi Arabian peninsula, and the Levant face unique challenges from the tremendous heat and dusty winds of the surrounding desert and high humidity along coastal areas.

Join us for a weekend of stimulating conversation and fun as the Seaside Institute hosts the 23rd annual Seaside Prize honoring Douglas Duany.  In conjunction with the Seaside Prize ceremony, a series of events are being held in Seaside to commemorate the occasion.  

This month, the highly anticipated Liberty Center will open its doors in North Cincinnati. According to co-developers Steiner + Associates and Bucksbaum Retail Properties, Liberty Center is not only a market-defining project, it will be a true super-regional draw. “Liberty Center represents the next generation of town center development and serves as a strong example of what is possible when commercial fundamentals are combined with innovative design and a focus on creating memorable experiences with every visit,” says Yaromir Steiner. “We took the very best of what we have learned and have elevated it several notches.”

Form-Based Codes for Architects is an intensive one-and-one-half-day class starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 6,  at 6:00 p.m., in which architects learn how to work with a FBC. Stay through Sunday and study on the ground the country’s first and best model of new urbanism. The course provides an overview of the principal logic of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in a place-based community vision to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm. Instructors Bob Gibbs and Geoff Ferrell will combine lecture and classroom discussion with a walking class on retail design and function in the Main Street of nearby Rosemary Beach.  Participants also examine common misconceptions about form-based codes and the legal basis for form-based codes. The workshop will take place in the Seaside Assembly Hall, second floor, which is located at 168 Smolian Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

This week, Opticos is in the middle of a 10 day charrette process in Oakland, California as part of a dynamite team led by Dover Kohl. We kicked off the program on Monday with a hands-on design workshop, and are currently in the midst of the Open Design Studio portion of the charrette through Tuesday. The program includes a walking tour and open house on Saturday, and a presentation of work-in-progress next Wednesday.

The Plan Downtown Oakland project seeks to address a wide variety of needs in the city, from improved transit development to maintaining affordable housing in this increasingly popular area. The charrette process seeks public input and collaboration to make sure that the design and planning team creates solutions that benefit and serve the community.

The Seaside Academic Village will be the backdrop for John Anderson, Monte Anderson, David Kim and Bruce Tolar for a weekend workshop on the basics to small scale development. The workshop will open Friday evening, continue with a full day Saturday and continue with a half day Sunday, January 29-31. This weekend workshop will provide technical skills and resources to navigate development financing, zoning and entitlement, site selection and building design in order assemble your own small scale real estate deal. The workshop will also address issues surrounding becoming developer, including making a transition from your day job (or not), risk management, quality of life and basic business setup and contracting methods.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects or test case studies and provide an open office hours forum with experts to discuss real project challenges.

For this still largely undeveloped Butler County township, the prospect of landing a megasized mixed-use mall – the $350 million Liberty Center – was unheard of a decade ago. As Greater Cincinnati's northern suburbs along the Interstate 75 corridor grew, Liberty Township's location became more of an asset than a liability. It also offered the mostly rural, but growing bedroom community the chance to get a central business district. With Liberty Center, it's almost like a Downtown fell from the sky, according to government officials. Actually, that was the hope and the plan all along. So far Liberty Center, which just completed its first weekend of operation, is bringing is exceeding the expectations of township officials. "It's hard to not get excited about it," said Caroline McKinney, the township's economic development director. "It'll have shoppers, business people, and residents. People who come may not shop or buy stuff. They may watch concerts, do yoga. The way they're programming it is for it to be more than a shopping center."

The Seaside Prize is awarded annually by The Seaside Institute to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities and are considered the leaders of contemporary urban development and education. The 2016 Prize ceremony will be held on February 21 in Seaside, Florida. A symposium will be held that weekend in conjunction with the Prize. Douglas Duany will be awarded the Seaside Prize on February 20th, 2016. A schedule of the weekend events along with registration information will be available on the Seaside Institute website.

LRK recently helped facilitate a public input process and developed a vision plan for Downtown Hightstown. The aim of the plan is to create an active waterfront promenade that is unique to the region with retail, restaurants, and plenty of open space for entertainment and public activities. “We used a vision survey, which allowed people to select images they felt were most appropriate for Hightstown’s waterfront,” said Mr. Constantine, a principal at Looney Ricks Kiss. “People were also asked to suggest ideas for uses, features and activities they would most like to see and we collected dozens of terrific suggestions.”

To kick off the Seaside Institute’s aging in place program, Chris Crowley will speak about the fundamental science that is the basis for the Revolution in Aging at a lecture on Saturday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Seaside’s Assembly Hall. He will go on to discuss the basic things that people need to do to join the Revolution.  He will also talk about the social side of the Next Third (of your life) and give advice about putting in place programs and activities that can make retirement (or moving into a new kind of “work”) fun and interesting, instead of the weird combination of terrifying and dull we all worry about. There’s some useful talk about your “limbic” or emotional  brain  (you have one and it has remarkable and surprising control over your life and health). And then some talk about the importance of “connection and commitment” in the Next Third, including your approach to diet and health.

Your involvement in the creation of Plan Downtown Oakland is needed!  Attend this design workshop to share your ideas about the future of Downtown.  Join the Hands-on Design Workshop & Charrette Kick-off on Mon. Oct. 19! The City of Oakland is preparing both a Specific Plan for the Downtown Oakland area and an Environmental Impact Report.  The objective of the Specific Plan is to provide sound policy guidance on Downtown development linking land use, transportation, economic development, public spaces, cultural arts, and social equity. The Specific Plan is the city’s effort to comprehensively assess our downtown to ensure continued growth and revitalization. 

When it comes to Millennials and retail, two opposing story lines compete, experts say. In the first, these younger shoppers star as the industry's most important drivers of growth - the saviors of the mall. In the second, skeptics question how Millennials can be so important when it is their parents who have the real money. What appeals to Millennials, in other words increasingly feels relevant to older generations as well. While some media reports have portrayed Steiner's Liberty Center - a $350 million, mixed-use project slated to open this fall in Cincinnati's northern suburbs - as being designed with Millennials in mind, its appeal will in fact be multigenerational, Steiner says.

Summers Corner, a new village being developed by WestRock, just north of Summerville, SC may provide a model for how new communities can become part of a continuum of regional settlement patterns that are deeply connected to the environment - both natural and cultural. This remarkable effort connects distinctive regional building traditions to today's context of rapidly changing digital economies and working methods. The stated goals include responsible management of natural environments, re-connecting individuals and families to a garden ethicand fostering daily social connectivity that enhances our quality of life. These goals are dramatically shaping the character of this emerging place. Saturday marked the official launch for the initial neighborhoods in Summers Corner. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful opening day with events on the Commons and visits to new houses in the Gardenwall neighborhood. The Corner House, a neighborhood bistro and meeting hall designed by UDA, hosted hundreds of people with an amazing range of unique, delicious goodies in the cafe as well as activities for families and kids.

 

The Midtown Alliance and TSW will soon begin a test program at the intersection of 5th Street and Juniper Street to determine if an innovative and sustainable stormwater runoff solution will help alleviate stress on the city’s combined sewer system, while beautifying the neighborhood at the same time.  TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm, has designed two bioswales featuring large basins that capture the first flush of stormwater off the street and sidewalk and treat it naturally with soil, vegetation, and microbes before the water is absorbed into the ground. This design and process will reduce the amount of stormwater entering the city’s combined sewer system and increase groundwater recharge.

The Urban Land Institute New York chapter launched Excellence in Development awards, a new event recognizing exemplary land use projects that raise the bar for design, planning and sustainability in the New York area.

TSW, an Atlanta-based, full-service planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm has won three Chapter Awards from the Georgia Planning Association (GPA). The awards were announced at the organization’s fall conference in Savannah, Ga. Sept. 10. The three TSW projects that were honored are: the Downtown Alpharetta Master Plan and Zoning Code, the Clarkston LCI 10-year Update and the South Downtown Atlanta MARTA Transit Stations Enhancement Plan.  GPA makes awards each year to projects and plans that demonstrate innovation, transferability, quality, effectiveness of implementation, comprehensiveness, public participation, technology, equity, sustainability and collaboration.  “We are delighted to have three of our recent planning projects recognized by the Georgia Planning Association,” said Thomas Walsh, TSW founding partner and co-director of the firm’s New Urbanism Studio. “It’s always nice to receive recognition for our work, but it’s especially meaningful when it comes from an organization of our peers and others involved in community planning and economic development.”

Have you always wanted to better understand form-based codes and how they impact the wellbeing of communities? Form-Based Codes 101, a new series of courses from Planetizen and the Form-Based Codes Institute, provides a great place to start. In the series, Opticos Founder and Principal Dan Parolek and Director of Form-Based Coding Tony Perez join leaders from other firms to share their insights into form-based codes, from the role of downtown areas to the legal aspects of preparing a code. Form-based codes respond to the physical form of a community and the land it stands on, providing more responsive structures for development than traditional zoning regulations.

A collaboration between LRK’s Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Little Rock offices, The McKenzie is a 22-story luxury apartment building currently under construction near Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood. Designed for empty nesters desiring a rental community with upscale amenities, The McKenzie will feature valet, concierge service, 24-hour doorman, resident bar, private gardens, outdoor dining, supper club area, and fitness area.