Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CNU Council Announced for Montgomery, Alabama October 14- 16

Victor Dover, Andres Duany and others will present a detailed critique of New Urbanism in the 21st Century at the next CNU Council with a candid look at how New Urbanism must adapt to the realities of the Great Economic Reset. The work of Dover-Kohl, DPZ, HPE, Urban Advisors, Urban Advantage, and Zimmerman/Volk in Montgomery will form the backdrop, including the Downtown Master Plan and Code (2006), The Plan for Oak Park and Centennial Hill (2009), West Fairview Avenue Plan (2010), and Maxwell Boulevard Neighborhood Plan (2011).

The council will include tours of projects developed under the Downtown Master Plan and SmartCode form-based code, including Court Square Plaza, several restored historic structures, and new infill restaurants and businesses. Discussion will also involve proposed plans under development such as a redesigned Dexter Avenue, new mixed-use housing developments, and a landmark children’s museum and library at One Court Square. Outside the Downtown tours shall include Lanier Place workforce housing neighborhood; the A&P Development, a mixed-use, infill courtyard development; and the traditional neighborhood developments of Hampstead and The Waters.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Beauregard Small Area Plan Developer Stakeholder's Community Meeting

Following a well-attended bus tour around the the Alexandria and Alrington area, there will be a Developer Stakeholder's Community meeting on Monday, July 25th from 6:30 – 9:00 at the Hilton Mark Center in the Arbor Room. In this meeting, the Developer Stakeholders will discuss and recap the aspects of the projects seen on the bus tour, and further the discussion of the community’s vision, objectives and recommendations for the Beauregard Small Area Plan. At this meeting, the Developer Stakeholders and their planning teams will be available to answer any questions related to the ongoing planning efforts.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CNU Miami Inaugural Presentation

The CNU Miami inaugural presentation by James Dougherty, Director of Design, on The Importance of Art and Illustration in the New Urbanism was well received and attended by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dhiru Thadani, Victor Dover, Marice Chael, Galina Tachieva and over sixty others.

Karja Hansen of CNU Miami/ DPZ introduced James, and discussed the new book Theory & Practice of Agrarian Urbanism by Andres Duany and DPZ. The Art of the New Urbanism will be an exhibition at CNU 20 organized by James Dougherty and Chuck Bohl.

More information at www.ArtoftheNewUrbanism.com

More about the fledgling CNU chapter and upcoming events can be found at CNUmiami.org

Monday, July 11, 2011

James Dougherty Lecturing at Books & Books in Coral Gables

James Dougherty (Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners) will be presenting a lecture entitled “The Importance of Art and Illustration in the New Urbanism” at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL. The presentation will focus 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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Draft Ideas from Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan Charrette Presented

The Dover Kohl team has wrapped up a successful week-long charrette for the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan! Information from Thursday night’s work-in-progress presentation, including video footage and the presentation made to the community, can be found on the project website at www.PikeNeighborhoodsPlan.com. Over 100 community members were in attendance.