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.
Urban Design Associates (UDA) hosted a discussion of Innovation Districts at this year's annual APA Convention, held in Seattle. Innovation Districts are geographic areas in cities where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect. They are compact districts served by transit and they offer mixed-use housing, office, and retail. In a well-attended session, three districts were presented. John Rahaim, Planning Director of San Francisco presented the rapidly emerging South of Market Area in San Francisco.