Urban design

Dealing with urban design

'Just Get the Ground Floor Right …' Modernism's last stand

Over 40 years one truth has been drummed into our downtown urban design consciousness: “Just get the ground floor right” and everything else will be fine.

A new village for compact regional growth

Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.

UDA: A Reflection on 50 Years

The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary for Urban Design Associates (UDA). As we look forward to the next chapter, it is fun to open the archives and take stock of efforts that changed the way we were thinking and working. We have put together a short reflection of our work across five decades to gain perspective or the future: UDA @ 50 Viewbook.

A better plan for the other side of the tracks

On the "wrong side of the railroad tracks" from downtown—The East End of Garland, Texas, has significant potential to revitalize. A new plan shows how that could happen.

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.

Density is just a number

Stop talking about density and start talking about place.

Why the human scale matters

This weekend, I again watched The Human Scale, a film from 2013, and got more stoked to meet Jan Gehl at the 23rd Congress for the New Urbanism (#CNU23) in Dallas in April.

Frontages: A city's smallest part but greatest asset

They’re the thinnest and smallest of a city’s elemental parts, but “frontages” do more to create or kill value than any other single element. 

Vision Plan for Tampa's New Waterfront District

The development company, Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) unveiled their Vision Plan for Tampa's New Waterfront District to an audience of over 400 guests and members of the press at the Waterside Marriott. Prepared for SPP by a design team led by Urban Design Associates (UDA), the new district will include: a new USF health campus, new residential, offices, retail, restaurants, hotels, and an expanded waterfront park. Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the event that included presentations by the mayor and members of the development team.

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.

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