Three communities in Port-of-Spain are to benefit from an estimated $1.2 billion development project called the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Trinidad & Tobago. The area selected includes the six Comprehensive Development Areas in East Port-of-Spain previously studied by Dover-Kohl.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Dover, Kohl & Partners is heading to Lubbock, Texas for a design charrette as part of the Imagine Lubbock Together visioning plan. The charrette begins on Friday and the team will be working with ACP Visioning & Planning to create detailed plans for five representative study areas around the City, including Downtown.
For more information, visit the project website:
Friday, November 16, 2012
Dover-Kohl has been on charrette this week in Augusta, Georgia with Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh. The team is drawing up plans for the neighborhoods around the 15th Street, MLK Boulevard, and Deans Bridge Road corridors as part of the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program. Following the charrette, Joe Kohl and Justin Falango from Dover-Kohl will be creating a new form-based code for the study area.
For more information visit www.augustasustainable.com
Friday, October 19, 2012
The first of the Seven50 Workgroup Roadshows was held in Monroe County last Thursday, October 11. It was well attended by over fifty participants including three County Commissioners and the Directors of Growth Management and Planning. Commissioner Heather Carruthers of Monroe County began the workshop by saying, “The concept of sustainability holds that the demands of today must not supersede the needs of the future… Sustainable development of the region requires balance between the resource requirements of the environment, the economy, and society”.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan has been awarded the Benjamin Banneker Award for Outstanding Social Commitment and Community Initiatives from the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Monday, October 15, 2012
In March of this year, Dover-Kohl assisted the City in a workshop to plan the future of Madison Avenue near the Cramton Bowl. The renovated football stadium and new Sportsplex facility are likely to spur private investment on the corridor. DKP worked with residents, stakeholders, and City leaders to envision new mixed-use, commercial, hotel and residential opportunities in a walkable urban format in keeping with the adopted transect zones of the area.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Plan El Paso has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Comprehensive Planning Award by the Texas chapter of the American Planning Association. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and communities for outstanding contributions to planning in Texas. The City of El Paso adopted Plan El Paso in March 2012 after two years of public engagement led by Dover, Kohl & Partners. The plan is already making a difference, and this award recognizes the strides the city is making in reshaping itself as a more prosperous, sustainable and livable city of the 21st Century.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
James Dougherty, Dover-Kohl’s Director of Design, attended The Classic Figure in Oil – a Modern Approach. This four-day course, taught by world-renowned artist Robert Liberace, was held at The Southern Atelier in Sarasota, FL. James completed seven exercises focused on analyzing the form and structure of the human figure to produce compositions using the alla prima method of direct painting. The alla prima method was popularized by the Impressionists, but is equally useful for producing the careful modeling seen in Classical painting. The study of figurative art has long been an important component of architectural study, for its emphasis on the principles and process of composing with illuminated forms.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Dover, Kohl & Partners leads a multi-disciplinary team in the update of the Thoroughfare Plan for El Paso, Texas. The Thoroughfare Plan includes revised roadway classifications, alignments for proposed roadways, and appropriate cross-section designs. City staff, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization and Texas Department of Transportation are major stakeholders in the project. The goals of the Thoroughfare Plan follow from Plan El Paso, the Comprehensive Plan for the City which was approved earlier in the year. Transportation decisions will follow land use planning and support the City’s multi-modal investments in accordance with the vision articulated by El Paso residents during the two-year, award-winning Comprehensive Plan project.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Doug Boone was the developer of the St Alban’s neighborhood in Davidson, NC (known at the time simply as “the new neighborhood in Old Davidson”). The neighborhood’s walkable streets and public spaces-- though once hotly debated by the townspeople-- have come to be cherished locally and have helped to initiate a trend toward more livable neighborhoods in Davidson.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Arlington County Board voted Monday night to approve the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan. The Plan seeks to guide public and private investment in the multi-family residential areas of the Columbia Pike Corridor. In the 1990s, the county embarked on a planning process called the Columbia Pike Initiative to encourage revitalization and build a safer, cleaner, more competitive and vibrant community. The result of that initial effort was the creation of the Columbia Pike Form-Based Code which facilitated new pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development in the commercial nodes of the corridor.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Andrew Georgiadis and Jason King are leading a Form-Based Codes Institute Webinar entitled “Advanced SmartCode Applications” on July 25, 2012. They will discuss the SmartCode, pros and cons, successes and failures based on experience in Bradenton, Florida; El Paso, Texas; Montgomery, Alabama and elsewhere where implementation of the SmartCode is ongoing and the code is being applied to meet multiple public goals like sustainability, economic development and smart annexation.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Plan El Paso Provides Inspiration and Guidance on a Downtown Trolley, Redesign of San Jacinto, and a Proposed Quality of Life Initiative
The City of El Paso adopted Plan El Paso, a new city-wide comprehensive plan authored by Dover, Kohl & Partners, in March of 2012 after two years of public involvement. Signature projects envisioned and refined as part of that process near realization.
Monday, July 9, 2012
The Opening Summit for Seven50 was a tremendous success. Close to 550 people registered to attend the event, and another 100 participated online. It was the start of a very important conversation about the future of Southeast Florida.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Opening Summit—the first of a series— will focus on the State of the Region. It will include a collaborative work session to kick-start a plan for more prosperous communities, a cleaner environment, and a stronger economy. The Summit will be held Wednesday, June 27 at the Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach.
Seven50: The Plan for Economic Prosperity provides an opportunity for the region’s residents and stakeholders to work in unison toward a vibrant and resilient economy, equitable and livable communities, and environmental sustainability. Seven 50 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to plan a better future.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The final presentation for the Preservation of Pittsburgh Master Plan at the newly renovated Pittman Park was well attended by residents of Pittsburgh, Atlanta. During the gathering, Project Director Elma Felix presented the essential principles of the plan, housing tools and implementation strategies with the audience. The Resident Leadership Team, a core group of Pittsburgh residents, selected ten Quick Start Demonstration Projects to change the image of Pittsburgh. They registered dozens of interested residents and non-residents to specific projects. The Dover-Kohl team will continue to work with Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies, Inc. and the residents of Pittsburgh to approve Preservation of Pittsburgh Master Plan in the coming months.
Friday, May 25, 2012
James Dougherty, Director of Design at Dover-Kohl, was honored to receive the Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award presented by Dr. Charles Bohl from the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. The award is given every two years for continuing excellence in architecture and urban design, and includes an original hand drawing by Charles Barrett specially selected by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. The award was presented May 12, 2012 at the open gallery reception for the CNU 20 exhibit “The Art of the New Urbanism”. The exhibit was curated by James Dougherty and Dr. Charles Bohl of the University of Miami.
Friday, May 18, 2012
This past weekend, the Congress for the New Urbanism celebrated its twentieth gathering in West Palm Beach, Florida. During this milestone year for CNU, Dover-Kohl also has reasons to Celebrate:
The Art Room workshops, organized by James Dougherty, were very well attended and received numerous compliments. They featured hands-on teaching by leading practitioners including our own Andrew Georgiadis and Kenneth Garcia.
The Art of the New Urbanism Exhibit was a big success and featured over 200 works from new urbanist artists and designers throughout the history of the movement. The exhibit included Dover-Kohl works by James Dougherty, Andrew Georgiadis, and Kenneth Garcia, as well as DKP collaborators such as Marice Chael, Steve Price, Eduardo Castillo, and Jennifer Garcia.
James Dougherty, Director of Design at Dover-Kohl, received the Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. The award is presented by the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism every two years in memory of the late designer & illustrator Charles Barrett.
The Form-Based Code for Bradenton, FL received the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Land Trust Form-Based Codes Award from the Form-Based Codes Institute.
Jason King and John Norquist presented the Groves Award on behalf of the Transect Codes Council at the Friday morning plenary.
Dover-Kohl also participated in several other CNU sessions, including Two Traditions of Latin American Urbanism, and the New Urbanism in El Paso Open Source Session.
Jason King and John Norquist presented the Groves Award on behalf of the Transect Codes Council at the Friday morning plenary.
Dover-Kohl also participated in several other CNU sessions, including Two Traditions of Latin American Urbanism, and the New Urbanism in El Paso Open Source Session.
Monday, May 14, 2012
At the first Congress for the New Urbanism in Alexandria, Virginia, a now famous photo was taken of some of those in attendance. Since 1993 the New Urbanism movement has mushroomed in size and influence. A new photo marks the milestone of the twentieth CNU.
See the Full Resolution Photo taken at CNU 20 below:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Are you interested in learning sketching, painting, photography and other graphic visualization techniques directly from some of the New Urbanism’s leading practitioners? Here’s your chance! The CNU 20 Art Room features up-close and hands-on workshops led by many artists featured in “The Art of the New Urbanism” exhibit. Participants of all skill levels are welcome – no prior illustration experience is needed.
The CNU 20 Art Room is organized by James Dougherty of Dover-Kohl. Andrew Georgiadis & Kenneth Garcia will be leading two of the CNU 20 Art Room workshops.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Form-Based Code for Bradenton, Florida prepared by Dover-Kohl is one of two codes to receive the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Land Trust Form-Based Codes Award. Bradenton's form Based code was adopted in June 2011. The code includes designs for pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal thoroughfares, architectural standards that promote climate-responsive, authentic buildings, landscape standards that encourage habitat creation and local food production, and sustainability articles on diverse topics such as dark-sky lighting, renewable energy generation, and low-impact stormwater design. The award will be presented at CNU 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Friday, April 20, 2012
CNU Chair Victor Dover, longtime collaborator Bill Spikowski, and fellow CNU members Emily Talen and Ellen Greenberg were recently chosen to become Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. This year’s class was inducted in a black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles on April 15th, as part of the American Planning Association’s national conference. AICP noted, “Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member... Victor Dover insists that planning return to its roots as a humanist pursuit, the civic art.”
Dover Kohl's work with Miami-Dade County on the Redfields to Greenfields initiative was featured prominently at the 2012 Great Park Summit held in Fairchild Tropical Garden, Wednesday, April 18. Miami is one of seven cities selected to test the ideas behind this national initiative.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Dover-Kohl will be in Los Angeles, California for the American Planning Association's National Conference. The conference runs from Saturday April 14 through Wednesday April 17, and brings together many top planning professionals from around the country. Victor Dover and Jason King will represent Dover-Kohl at the following sessions:
Mobility Fees, TDRs, and Form-Based Guidelines
Sunday April 15, from 10:00AM to 11:15AM
Explore the Market Area approach being used in Pasco County, Florida. and its three distinct planning tools – mobility fees, transfer of development rights, and form-based guidelines. This incentive-based program established five Market Areas, each with its own policies for growth, transportation, economic development, conservation, and impact fees. Learn how the approach celebrates diversity and allows for long-term, sustainable development.
Form-Based Codes 10+ Years Later
Sunday, April 15 4:00PM to 5:15PM
Review the results and assess the environmental performance of form-based codes. Explore case studies in transit-oriented development, sprawl repair, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, corridor transformation, and the creation of complete, walkable neighborhoods in a suburban context. Discover the process for creating form-based codes and lessons learned on the ground, as well as new uses – such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
FAICP Induction Ceremony
Sunday April 15, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Those chosen become members of the College of Fellows. Victor Dover will be inducted into the AICP College of Fellows at this year's Conference.
Scales of Urbanism on a Sustainable Platform
Monday April 16, from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Learn why intelligent planning and zoning reform at all land scales are essential for successful sustainability. Understand how the careful repair of existing places and wise infill can positively reduce vehicle miles travelled and greenhouse gas emissions to a greater extent than many “green gizmos.” Discover tools being used nationwide to promote walkable, mixed use urbanism and reduce emissions.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Mathew McElroy, Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development in the City of El Paso, will be the 2012 recipient of the Groves Award which recognizes outstanding leadership and vision in the promotion of transect-based planning. The jury nominated Mathew unanimously because of his leadership in adopting New Urban and Transect-based plans, including a new City-wide Comprehensive Plan; leadership in multiple SmartCode rezonings throughout the City of El Paso; his commitment to CNU accreditation; and his reform of the City’s conventional subdivision regulations.
The Center for Applied Transect Studies created the Groves Award to recognize such leaders. The award is named in honor of Ken Groves, the late planning director of the City of Montgomery, Alabama, where he led the adoption and use of Transect-based land development to create better communities. As a result of Ken’s leadership, Montgomery began its journey back to prominence and sustainability.
Learn more about the Groves Award
Learn more about El Paso's planning initiatives
Thursday, March 29, 2012
James Dougherty, Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, is presenting a lecture on the Art of Architectural Illustration at the University of Miami's Glasgow Hall on Friday, March 30 at 6pm. Architecture in Perspective 25, an exhibition of architectural illustration by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), is currently on display at the School of Architecture. James' watercolor of Kerr Village in John's Island, South Carolina received an Award of Excellence in the ASAI competition and appears in the exhibition at the School of Architecture.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Pasco County was awarded the One Bay Award by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) last week for the latest phase of a regional planning initiative. The entire project will be presented at the APA 2012 Conference in Los Angeles on Sunday April 15, from 4:00PM to 5:15PM. Jason King will co-present at the session entitled Mobility Fees, TDRs, and Form-Based Guidelines. Pasco County established five Market Areas within the County, each with its own policies for growth, transportation, economic development, conservation, and impact fees. One aspect of the project, co-led by DKP, involves a transferable development rights program for rural preservation coordinated with transit planning involving the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority. In the near future, farmland and forest preservation will be closely linked to the development of new compact transit-ready development.
Friday, March 16, 2012
James Dougherty and Jason King assisted the City in a workshop to plan the future of Madison Avenue near the Cramton Bowl. The renovated football stadium and new Sportsplex facility are likely to spur private investment on the corridor. DKP worked with residents, stakeholders, and City leaders to envision new mixed-use, commercial, hotel and residential opportunities in a walkable urban format in keeping with the adopted transect zones of the area.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The city's Planning and Economic Development Department, along with a multi-disciplinary team of local and national experts led by Dover Kohl & Partners, and thousands of citizen planners, have worked for roughly two years to wholly rewrite the Comprehensive Plan for the City of El Paso, Texas. The new plan, Plan El Paso, gathered the ideas and aspirations of thousands of El Pasoans. Plan El Paso provides the basis for El Paso’s regulations and policies that guide its physical and economic development. It establishes priorities for public action and direction for complementary private decisions. Plan El Paso contains illustrative plans, diagrams, maps, and pictures to make its policies clear and accessible to City officials, residents, developers, community groups, and other stakeholders. This plan can serve as a tool to evaluate new development proposals and direct capital improvements and to guide public policy in a manner that ensures that El Paso continues to be the community that its citizens desire it to be.
Plan El Paso recognizes quality of life, as well as transportation and education, as foundational goals which will help the City to compete in every sphere. These foundational goals require a sustained commitment. Plan El Paso coordinates policies at all scales using the same guiding principles so that the plan can operate cohesively and guide the efforts of the City’s many stakeholders and decision makers at every level. Plan El Paso deputized the entire City as citizen planners through a series of hands-on public design charrettes which included over eight weeks of intense community exercises and policy discussions to generate the plan vision. Accordingly, the Introduction to the plan states, “The Plan for El Paso was created in El Paso and the best ideas came from El Pasoans. As a reward for undertaking this effort and persevering in its implementation, El Pasoans will one day remember themselves as the authors of the plan as well as the beneficiaries of the plan’s accomplishments.”
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
A court ruling has upheld amendments to Lee County’s land use plan to protect environmentally sensitive land and protect the County's aquifer. Lee County fought to defend the plan created by a multi-disciplinary team headed by Dover, Kohl & Partners. The Density Reduction/ Groundwater Resource Area, a 130 square mile study area, includes about 250 wells that provide 80 percent of the County's water supply, as well as wetlands and other habitat used by endangered and threatened species, including the Florida panther, wood stork and Bald Eagle.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
During boom times, mixed-use development made a spectacular comeback, albeit much of it in the form of the megaprojects that are suddenly rare today. So now what? After decades of pushing by new urbanists and smart growth advocates, there’s finally consensus that mixed use is a crucial part of the way forward; it’s enshrined in many cities’ comprehensive plans, developers’ business plans, and community visions. The details of mixed use are undergoing refinement, however. We’re in a period of innovation and experimentation, in leaner times, and creative players are rolling out ways to redefine “mixed use.” The components and approaches are getting speedier, lighter, and less expensive—and more interesting. During this webinar on Thursday Febuary 16 at 2pm, Victor Dover covers a spectrum of examples, including pop-up retail, new suburban retrofits, retooled public markets, micro-storefronts and historical patterns. The presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion, and will include suggestions for further research.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Jason King and Pamela Stacy participated in the Next Generation of New Urbanists (NextGen) annual summit on Miami Beach. Victor Dover, Board Chair for the Congress of the New Urbanism, addressed the conference and joined the NextGen for the welcome dinner. Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk attended the NextGen closing reception. The summit was hosted by Mouzon Design and CNU Miami and involved Pecha Kucha presentations and work group collaboration focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by new urbanists worldwide. The NextGen seeks to push the principles of new urbanism forward by providing a network for emerging leaders in the movement.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Connecting El Paso, which received a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from US EPA in 2011, was featured in a documentary during the San Diego conference at a luncheon session attended by over four hundred. The video included pictures, renderings, and graphics from the document which was unanimously adopted by the City of El Paso as well as interviews with El Paso policy makers and citizens who assisted Dover, Kohl & Partners in the initiative. Only five projects in the nation received the EPA distinction in 2011.
Plan El Paso is a transit-oriented plan that will link new and revitalized neighborhoods to one another and to centers of economic opportunity via a Bus Rapid Transit system which is scheduled to begin operation in 2014. Nora Johnson, Policy Fellow with US EPA, said, "Projects like these represent the latest thinking and best approaches in smart growth practices."
Kenneth Garcia returned to his alma mater last week to give a lecture about urbanism and the public process along with Jennifer Garcia at Andrews University School of Architecture. The lecture was well received and attended by students and faculty.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Jason King co-presented at two sessions during the San Diego, California Conference: Rural to Urban, Village-City County: Advanced Form-Based Coding Coast to Coast and Kicking the (Driving) Habit: Low-Density Cities Move to Sustainable Transportation. DKP's work in Florida, Louisiana and Texas was presented and discussed in the context of building safe, healthy, and liveable communities.
Monday, January 30, 2012
A Mix of Development and Preservation Presented at the Northwest Master Plan and Transmountain Road Charrette
Over 50 attendees at the Work-in-Progress Presentation and Open House for the Northwest Master Plan discussed the Smart Code scenarios presented for the scenic corridor and surrounding lands. Attendees offered support, concerns, and recommendations for moving forward. The plan describes a mix of uses, complete neighborhoods, and multi-modal, pedestrian-friendly throughfares, as well as over 65% open space in the form of preserved arroyos, public spaces and recreational spaces. In the coming months more detailed scenarios for the lands will be drafted and presented to the public.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Hands-on Session at Canutillo Elementary School for the Northwest Master Plan and Transmountain Road Charrette was well attended by El Pasoans from throughout the City. During the interactive public session participants evaluated multiple scenarios for the corridor and surrounding lands created by the design team and then composed their own scenarios and presented their designs to the group. DKP will refine the ideas produced by the public in the week ahead. Criterion Planners will provide a quantitative evaluation of the development scenarios to inform decision-makers. Urban Advantage wil present visualizations of the plans.
The team also continues to work with elected and appointed officials to approve Plan El Paso, the City's new Comprehensive Plan. The plan was approved unanimously by the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee and will be considered next by the City Planning Commission.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A plan and form-based code overlay for a new neighborhood within walking distance to the heart of Downtown Montgomery was unanimously approved by the Montgomery, Alabama City Council last week. The plan also included mixed-use development across Overlook Park on a prominent bluff overlooking the Downtown. "This work will shape Montgomery for decades to come," said Chad Emerson, Director of Development for the City.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Maui County Council has approved the proposed development of the Pulelehua neighborhoods in West Maui, HI. Led by Dover, Kohl & Partners, a plan for a compact, sustainable community of three distinct neighborhoods over 300+ acres was created in 2004 through a public charrette process. The plan offers a mix of uses, housing types, open spaces and activities; the neighborhood will provide the opportunity for people to live nearby jobs at West Maui’s resorts and employment centers, containing a mix of affordable and market-rate units.
The plan previously received approval from the State Land Use Commission in June 2006. Next steps will include engineering drawings for the initial phases, and ground breaking for off-site improvements.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Dover, Kohl & Partners will be in El Paso, on charrette, to help plan multiple scenarios for the development and conservation of Public Service Board (PSB) lands along Transmountain Road. The planning team will include Hall Planning & Engineering, Criterion Planners, CEA Engineering and Urban Advantage.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
East Port of Spain, the cultural capital of Trinidad and Tobago, is rich in history and is home to icons in culture, music and sports. However, some communities in East Port of Spain have also attracted a reputation for crime and violence. Residents are most times unemployed, earn low incomes and live in poverty. East Port of Spain is also stigmatized by the remainder of the national population.
Dover-Kohl will embark on a 10 day intensive charrette engaging the residents of East Port of Spain to develop a Master Plan for six Comprehensive Development Areas. The mission of the East Port of Spain Development Company is captured in their slogan “Regeneration through Transformation”. The goal of this charrette is to seek to transform the image of East Port of Spain in the minds of the general public and some of the area’s residents through urban design and revitalization. Participation in the planning and development process is key to success in such a strategy.