Thursday, October 20, 2011

CNU Council Montgomery Focuses on the Future of New Urbanism in the New Economy


Members of the Dover, Kohl team joined over fifty New Urbanists for three days, October 14- 16, to participate in spirited discussions and critiques aimed at charting a positive path forward in today’s new, more austere economic climate.

The Council opened with presentations by Victor Dover and Andres Duany, who discussed newly revived opportunities for incremental, human scaled development presented by the new economy, and the need for resilient new development to be “frugal, successional, incremental, and subsidial”.

A series of presentations and critiques followed, which focused on projects begun during the boom years, which are now in the process of retooling their implementation strategies. Proposed strategies focused on a renewed ethos of “Small is Beautiful”. Projects discussed included Dover-Kohl’s Montgomery Downtown Plan and Maxwell Boulevard Plan. Lively discussions also followed a guided tour of Hampstead, a Traditional Neighborhood Development under construction in Montgomery, designed by Duany, Plater Zyberk and Company and developed by Anna Lowder and Harvi Sahota.

Attendees then discussed what the future holds for New Urbanism project types, the role of municipal government in advancing New Urbanism, New Urbanism’s planning tools including the charrette, and new patterns of development finance. Social events hosted by Montgomery included a reception at Dexter Avenue’s Kress Building, a light dinner at the downtown farm, and an evening steamboat ride. The council concluded with several exciting initiatives focused on refining methods for advancing the implementation of small, incremental projects.


See Victor Dover talk about Intelligent Incrementalism at the Council:


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