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A better way to build in the suburbs

Here are 10 reasons why a new, small, apartment complex in Chico, California, creates a "place" in the suburbs.

Charter Awards honor wide variety of projects

A form-based code and affordable transit-oriented development tie for Grand Prize in CNU annual design awards.

What makes a good Main Street work?

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others – like Corning’s – remain thriving to this day. Why? Location is important, but design and context also matter.

Older buildings, continuity of place, and the human experience

Compared to districts dominated by larger, newer buildings, those with smaller and older buildings were found to have several key advantages.

Bungalow version of the popular Chapman Cottage Design added to the New Urban Classics collection

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 health of cities depends on place-based development more than big projects

Cities take a physical form that either supports or is stressful to people outside of a moving vehicle or building. Rybczynski, in his critique of New Urbanism, forgets that lesson.

Making multifamily truly urban

The multifamily industry is building more in walkable locations, but developers still need instruction on the manners of placemaking. Here are some hints.

People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities

A book by By F. Kaid Benfield, Island Press, 2014, 304 pp., $25 paperback or e-book

Anti-LEED: A green rating system that is fast, friendly and free

The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today.

The plan that made a drab suburb cool

This video from urbanists Dover, Kohl & Partners offers instructions on the transformation of an inner suburb that was languishing. 

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