Monday, May 18, 2015

Victor Dover to Serve as Moderator for the Streetsmarts: 2015 Transportation Summit


Victor Dover will be this year's moderator for the StreetSmarts 2015 Transportation Summit.

The summit is a regional event focused on creating safe, livable, connected, sustainable streets for people of all ages and abilities. The event allows participants to collaborate with elected officials, regional experts, and industry leaders to exchange best practices, share innovative ideas.

Hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the summit will showcase a variety of transportation influencers from multiple disciplines who will host important discussions on topics such as improving pedestrian and bicycle safety, aligning policy, stimulating behavior change, and sharing tri-county successes.

The Streetsmarts summit will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be held at:

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts | Huizenga Pavilion
201 SW 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

For more information about the event, visit:
StreetSmarts Summit

Friday, May 15, 2015

Enjoy the Weekend—Mobilizing begins Monday!



Map for Mobile is the first comprehensive planning process for the City of Mobile, AL to be conducted in over 20 years. It is an intense eight-month process to develop a long-range plan that will build off other recent planning endeavors for the city and the region. Map for Mobile will serve as a guide for long-term preservation, revitalization, and growth so that the city can achieve the goals and aspirations of its citizens. 

Dover-Kohl will be leading the Designing the Future Workshop from May 18-21. The interactive, hands-on workshop will focus on design, character, and livability that builds on the ideas communicated by the public during the Focus on the Future Workshop (held on March 30). Throughout the process, the public can drop-in and talk to the team of urban designers as they work in a studio open to the public to translate Mobile’s ideas into plans for better streets, public spaces, and new, walkable centers of community life. 

The complete schedule is as follows:



The event will take place at The Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds - 1035 Cody Rd. North Mobile, AL 36608. Attend one or both programs at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 and 21. You can also stop by during drop-in hours on May 19 and 20. 

For more information, visit MapForMobile.org, or for further questions, please contact Shayla Beaco at 251.208.5894 or MapForMobile@cityofmobile.org


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Folly Road Charrette Begins Tomorrow!


From May 7-13, Dover-Kohl will be leading a team and working with the community to develop a plan for the future of Charleston, South Carolina’s Folly Road Corridor, from Center Street on Folly Beach to the Wappoo Cut Bridge. 

The charrette will kick off with an interactive, public hands-on design workshop, where participants will discuss and draw ideas. The design team will then set up a studio in the corridor where they will work rapidly to synthesize input, draw ideas and create a draft vision and plan. The studio will be open to the public throughout the week for drop-in discussions. Another public session will occur at the close of the charrette where participants will review the draft ideas to give feedback.

The charrette schedule is as follows:




Periodic updates can be found at: BCDCOG.com. In addition to the charrette meetings, interested community members can also participate and continue the conversation online at FollyRoad.MindMixer.com

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dover-Kohl Projects Receive CNU Charter Awards


Two projects that Dover-Kohl participated in received Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism this week.

Plan El Paso was recognized, as Michael Kelly—director of programs for Paso Del Norte Health Foundation—states, for laying “the groundwork for how to create…a healthier city and region.” Unanimously approved by the City Council in March of 2012, the Plan lead by Dover-Kohl identified new capital projects, new land development policies, a focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD), a new Thoroughfare plan for the entire City and County, and a form-based SmartCode coding for large sections of the City. Within the first three years of the Plan’s adoption, the city built a new baseball stadium downtown, created parks and renovated public spaces, completed future land-use plans based on the SmartCode, and streamlined permitting for developers using the code. 

Code SMTX in San Marcos, Texas may be one of the very least expensive winners of the CNU Charter awards. For one day in June 2014, the City of San Marcos and Dover, Kohl & Partners, joined by The Street Plans Collaborative, helped re-envision downtown utilizing tactical urbanism—yielding low cost/high gain, long-term change. Among several creative elements employed included converting two blocks of street from one-way to two-way traffic using temporary paint; installation of a temporary two-way cycle track; an adjacent block was closed to create a farmer’s market, and creating “pop-up” parks built onto parking areas. This event kicked-off a week-long charrette by Dover, Kohl & Partners to develop a proposed form-based code. The team effectively engaged the city, the public, and transportation engineers. In the end, the City of San Marcos presented a recommendation of changes in full detail, with correct widths for sidewalks, travel lanes, and on-street parking-everything demonstrated, proven, and publicized in the SMTX project, ready for permanent implementation.

To learn more about the 2015 CNU Charter Awards and complete list of winners, visit:

http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/robert-steuteville/21569/charter-winners-build-healthier-communities-and-economie

Friday, May 1, 2015

New Urban Design Institute Teaching in Birmingham, Alabama


New Urbanism Design Institute is bringing their on-site training to the City of Birmingham, AL. Based in South Florida, the Institute’s “We Come to You” program provides the opportunity to share its knowledge with diverse communities through on-site training that is adaptive to each municipality's needs, and in every instance the Institute’s members work to build the participants’ urban design capacity.

The New Urbanism Design Institute will be in Birmingham May 4 -8, 2015. For more information, contact the Institute at: designers@newurbandesigninstitute.org