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This year marks the 50th anniversary Urban Design Associates (UDA), founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA and Ray Gindroz, FAIA.  UDA has prepared a Pop-up exhibit of the firm’s work to be held at the Carnegie Museum of Art Grand Staircase Mezzanine from October 28 through November 6, 2014.

The Cincinnati Form-Based Code led by Opticos was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool or Process at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 13th Annual Charter Awards in Buffalo, N.Y., held during CNU’s annual Congress, June 4 – 7. Cincinnati’s Form-Based Code, one of the largest of its kind in the country, was adopted last year.

Urban Design Associates (UDA) recently collaborated with the State Unitary Enterprise “Research and Project Institute of Moscow City Master Plan” (IGP) on the design of the new business center for recently annexed territory southwest of Moscow’s city center.

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The School of Architecture’s tradition of community outreach continues through the Capstone Workshop held in the Little Santo Domingo area of Allapattah from May 19-May 23.  The workshop assists communities with visioning, architecture, urban design strategies, feasibility studies and development scenarios.

Dorsky + Yue is working on the next phase of Easton Town Center for Georgetown and Steiner + Associates called Easton Gateway. Nearly 15 years after the original center opened, Easton Gateway will introduce a grocery- and power-anchored component. The 600,000-square-foot project adds more amenities and retail to the iconic development in Columbus, Ohio. The project is anchored by Costco, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Saks Off 5th and Whole Foods Market.

Looking for an in-depth introduction to the theory and practice of New Urbanism? You can learn at your own pace, on your own schedule, from anywhere in the world, with The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism.

Architectural/Master Planning Services for 210 Hancock Street, Ithaca, NY.

The City of Mesa, AZ, hired Opticos to create a Master Plan and Form-Based Code that would remove existing barriers to revitalizing the city’s downtown. The code was adopted in June 2012, and the first project to be developed with the code was completed in November of last year.

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During this 2-day course, participants learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of a form-based code. They gain an in-depth look at the mechanics, advantages and disadvantages of mandatory, parallel and floating-zone form-based codes.

A new park in Dallas that connects downtown to neighboring Uptown, bridging a freeway, is an example of how connectivity and placemaking are taking hold in a state known for sprawl.

Building Science Associates, Inc. adds a Bungalow version of the popular Chapman Cottage Design to the New Urban Classics Collection. This new version of the this is a single level home with just over 1600 sq. ft. of living area and also adds a bonus room or small apartment option with an additional 400 sq. ft. over the alley loaded garage. This design can be seen here.

The Master of Real Estate Development and Urbanism (MRED+U) at the University of Miami is an interdisciplinary one-year graduate program that combines the fundamentals of real estate development with livable community planning and design.

With the assistance of Urban Design Associates, a design charrette was held in April 2014 to explore mixed-use development concepts with participation from UNUM, the downtown campus of University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), the City, developers, and major stakeholders.

LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP) is an international real estate advisory and development firm, dedicated to creating and redeveloping iconic mixed-use environments.

Held Feb. 13 at the newly-minted Perez Art Museum Miami, one of the latest developments in the movement to revitalize downtown and its surrounding areas, the conference, hosted by the UM School of Business and School of Architecture, brought together nearly 300 people.

In late January, Dan Parolek and John Miki traveled to Austin, TX, to kick off community character documentation. This new documentation process dubbed “Community Character in a Box” builds upon past efforts used by the city, but offers a new take on the public engagement process, in an effort of further open the channels of communication between the city government and the community. 

Easton town Center's newest addition is Easton Gateway, a 54-acre district that adds more than 600,000 sq/ft of retail space to a master planned development that already includes more than 8 million square feet of high performing retail, office, hotel and residential space.

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Preliminary sketches/concepts through full construction drawing and also licensing of existing designs are displayed on the website. Residential design specializing in classical style exteriors with floor plans are designed for modern living. The focus is on homes for New Urbanism, traditional neighborhood developments, infill/narrow lots, and also custom design services for individual residences. 

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A two-day conference in Corning, New York, will be presented by AIA Southern New York, the Preservation League of NYS, Corning’s Gaffer District, and the Market Street Restoration Agency.

The Westwood Coalition hopes that Cincinnati’s Form-Based Code will help to revitalize the neighborhood’s historic business district. On Dec. 13, the Cincinnati Planning Commission unanimously approved a recommendation to adopt the city’s FBC in a portion of the neighborhood.