Thursday, June 18, 2015

In Production: Video Courses on Form-Based Codes




Victor Dover and colleagues were in Los Angeles last week, filming an upcoming series of educational videos for the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) and Planetizen.  

Victor and Joseph Kohl were co-founders of the non-profit FBCI, which started operations in 2004 and has become a leading think tank and an effective educator on reforming land-development regulations. Form-based codes are an alternative to conventional zoning; they help communities build more of the places people want (and less of what they don’t).

For more information regarding FBCI’s upcoming courses and webinars, visit http://formbasedcodes.org/courses-webinars.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Warehouse District Design Workshop is in Full Swing!




ReZone Albany’s Warehouse District Design Workshop is in full swing. Beginning Tuesday, the workshop opened with a presentation and guided questions to foster community ideas on what the area can become, drawing from examples of renaissance occurring in similar industrial-type areas.

Working closely with Clarion, Dover-Kohl is helping lead this event, and the team is making substantial progress. Throughout the Open Design Studio, held yesterday and continuing today, the community has been stopping by and holding discussions with the planners, and seeing how the potential for change is being materialized through engaging illustrations that capture and further advance this new vision.

“This is the first major public event of the ReZone Albany initiative to redraw Albany’s outdated zoning map,” said City of Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “The public, the planning department staff, and the design consultant [are] working together to draft a vision that will responsibly build upon what already is a fast-growing neighborhood. For a positive vision to be created, and for the Warehouse District to reach its full potential, we need the community to participate.”

The workshop will conclude Friday May 29, where the Work-in-Progress presentation will describe the work that has been accomplished throughout the week by this collaborative effort between the public and design team. This is the first of likely several more future events planned that will focus on 3-5 more areas of the city as part of this initiative.   

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Warehouse District Design Workshop Begins Today!



Beginning today May 26, Dover-Kohl is leading the Warehouse District Design Workshop, a four-day visioning, zoning, and form-based coding discussion that will inform the City’s ReZone Albany initiative. This workshop will focus on the Warehouse District, gathering input from members of the public in order to arrive at a collaborative solution, with future workshops focusing on other areas within the City of Albany. 

The rezoning and visioning effort is being led by the City of Albany’s Department of Planning, with participation by various other department, boards and commissions, and professionals comprised of responsible, well-known leaders in the community to ensure alignment with existing community and economic-development plans. 

The workshop will be held at  981 Broadway Albany, NY, 12207; and the schedule is as follows:




For more information regarding the City of Albany's rezoning and visioning efforts, visit: www.ReZoneAlbany.com


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