Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Importance of Art and Illustration in the New Urbanism

James Dougherty (Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners) presented a lecture entitled “The Importance of Art and Illustration in the New Urbanism” at the University of Miami’s Lowe Museum of Art. The presentation focused on the role that vivid illustrations play in helping communities to visualize a more walkable, sustainable future. A great deal of technical skill and knowledge go into designing the details of great walkable places (block sizes, vehicle lane widths etc.), but much of what matters in the end is how a new place feels. New Urbanist illustrators are tasked with communicating how a place will feel to be in when all of the details come together - a picture is worth a thousand words.

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