Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Louisiana Governor Unveils Vision for Baton Rouge Water Campus

Governor Bobby Jindal announced at a press conference on Tuesday, December 17 that a new "Water Campus" will be built in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Dover-Kohl has been working with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to design the 30 acre campus that will be the new home of The Water Institute of the Gulf. The campus is expected to grow into a major center for the science and research of river deltas.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Leading Experts Contributed to STREET DESIGN

To write our book STREET DESIGN: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, John Massengale and I traveled a lot, measured and photographed streets we admired, and waged endless late-night debates about why they were successful. Meanwhile, Megan McLaughlin, Emily Glavey, and Kenneth Garcia were indefatigable researchers, combing the literature to probe the stories behind the streets in the book’s case studies. But we also received a boost from a phenomenal group of colleagues who suggested example streets, contributed photos, or pointed us in the right directions. Twenty-two of them went on to write short essays that add greatly to the diversity and depth of content in the book, and we are extremely grateful. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns

Victor Dover and co-author John Massengale have recently completed their compelling book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley 2014). In the transformative, illustrated guide, the authors take a closer look at streets—both old and new—to demonstrate what works and what doesn’t. The publication features more than 150 streets with illustrations and a discussion about why they are successful and how they were created. More than 500 photos and drawings (most never before published), reveal the details behind beautiful, walkable places.

Street Design identifies crucial elements that many modern road designs lack and includes step-by-step instructions for designing new streets and fixing existing ones—so that they become a more desirable, more valuable part of their respective village, town or metropolis. Also included are favorite streets and street-making stories from Lèon Krier, Gianni Longo, Gabriele Tagliaventi, John Norquist, and more than a dozen other leading design experts.

Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns is essential reading for anyone who wants to make their community more livable. Discover why some streets are not merely routes to someplace else, but the great addresses to which other routes lead.

To pre-order a copy, visit Available in January 2014.

Monday, November 11, 2013

DKP's Regional Plan to Adapt & Mitigate to Sea Rise Highlighted

Seven50, the Plan for Southeast Florida for the next 50 years, was cited in a New York Times article entitled, "South Florida Faces Ominous Prospects From Rising Waters." The article describes the very serious challenges Southeast Florida faces in the era of sea level rise. The article quotes Jason King, Project Director at Dover, Kohl & Partners, concerning adaptation measures proposed by Seven50. Seven50 describes retreat from certain areas, reinforcement in others, especially low-lying, high-investment areas like Miami Beach, retrofit of vulnerable infrastructure and homes, and region-wide mitigation to reduce climate-changing pollutants. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Seven50 Hosts Next Generation Leaders

Seven50 took a step towards planning for the future last week, hosting an event for involved young community members in Miami. New Leaders Lean Forward: Building the Region’s Creative Class for a Next-Generation Future sought to start the conversation on what kind of growth and collaboration will be necessary for Miami and the entire South Florida region to flourish in the upcoming 50 years. Creative entrepreneurship has been exploding with the emergence of collaborative spaces and resources for start-ups, and the event showed the eagerness of the community to grow and produce. Six panelists from many prominent interest groups spoke to a passionate, involved crowd, as the event was streamed and live tweeted to great success.

Norberto “Tito” Gil, CEO and Co-Founder, Map Your Startup
Lauren Reskin, Owner, Sweat Records
Marta Viciedo, Founding Partner at Urban Impact Lab, Chair of TrAc (Transit Action Committee)
Estrellita Sibila, Land Development Attorney, Estrellita Sibila, PA
Leah Weston, Law Student and Organizer, Emerge Miami

Karja Hansen, President, Urban Environment League

Join the conversation at & @seven50plan.

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's More Than Baseball features Jason King from Dover-Kohl

Jason King talks about the new Triple-A Baseball ballpark under construction in El Paso, Texas as part of a series by filmmaker Peter Svarzbein. In Part 1 of It’s More Than Baseball Jason talks briefly about how the ballpark can help realize goals from Plan El Paso, the city’s comprehensive plan. Dover, Kohl & Partners lead a multi-disciplinary team to create the city’s plan which involved thousands of residents over two years. Plan El Paso was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2012 and is playing an important part in shaping the city’s future. Dover Kohl works to advise El Paso on plan implementation and large projects like the stadium.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Northgate Redevelopment Moves Forward

The largest redevelopment project the City of El Paso has ever taken on is moving closer to reality. The 30 acre site in Northeast El Paso was originally a shopping center built in the 1960s that had lost its economic advantages to newer retail models. The mall complex sat vacant and unused before the city purchased it for demolition. As part of Plan El Paso, the city’s new comprehensive plan, Dover-Kohl designed a mixed-use walkable neighborhood anchored by a new transit terminal to replace the vacant structure. 

The new transit terminal will be a major stop for one of the city’s new bus rapid transit lines. The city recently received a federal grant to build the transit terminal that will make it possible to move quickly and efficiently between the new mixed-use development and Downtown El Paso. 

The city, meanwhile, is in the final stages of selecting a developer for the rest of the site following an RFP process for which three different developers submitted plans to implement the plans drawn up during Plan El Paso. The mixed-use transit-oriented development could break ground as early as next year. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Park(ing) Day 2013

Dover-Kohl & Seven50 will be joining the FAU School of Urban and Regional Planning in West Palm Beach this Friday for Park(ing) Day. Park(ing) Day is a worldwide event that seeks to highlight just how much public area is preserved for the sake of automobiles. Participants claim a parking spot for a day and transform the space into a park, to show just how little is needed to make a big impact.

Join us on Friday, September 20, at 203 Clematis St. to see how easily public space can be used to service a community. 

Learn more about Park(ing) Day

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dover-Kohl at APA-FL

Dover, Kohl & Partners presented Seven50, the Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, in numerous sessions at the Florida American Planning Association Conference in Orlando last week. Jason King and Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis presented Modeling Paths to a Sustainable Future. Marcela, Pamela Stacy, Jacques Hart, and Jean Scott presented Marketing Innovation: Stimulating Public Engagement Through an Integrated Digital PR Platform. Jim Murley presented Adapting to Climate Change Now: The Critical Issue for Florida Communities. Projects in El Paso, Texas and Lee County, Florida led by DKP and Spikowski Planning Associates were also presented at Planning Your Form – Forming Your Plan.

Learn more about the APA FL Conference

Learn more about American Planning Association

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kaid Benfield's Blog: Streets as Places

Victor Dover's recent work on street design has been featured on Kaid Benfield's NRDC Blog. In a post about nurturing and strengthening the urban commons, Kaid writes:

The best streets, Victor argues, require beauty, visual decorum, and a sense of completeness that “comes in large part from the dignity of street-oriented architecture and urbanism, not from signs and reflective stripes.”

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Plans for Veteran’s Drive Move Forward

Dover, Kohl and Partners and Jaredian Design Group will present plans for the Veteran's Drive Waterfront Safety and Beautification Project in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on July 16th at 5:30pm at the Grand Hotel Galleria . This meeting has been spearheaded by the Government of the Virgin Islands and Department of Public Works, in partnership with the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Revitalization, Inc. The work is a continuation of The Town's Blueprint planning effort, a vision for preservation and revitalization of the historic town established by the community through a charrette planning process led by the Dover, Kohl & Partners team.

Learn more about The Town's Blueprint

Monday, July 8, 2013

Seven50 Summit - The Future in Focus

Summit 3 "The Future in Focus" was held June 19-21 at the West Palm Beach Convention Center and included 500+ participants. The Summit was a major event for the Seven50 Regional Prosperity Plan for Southeast Florida headed by Dover, Kohl & Partners working with Duany, Plater-Zyberk; HDR Engineering; Rutgers University, Cardno Entrix and others. Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis moderated the discussion panels which included regional leaders in agriculture, ports and airports, social equity and opportunity, and education. Jason King, Project Director for the Consultant Team presented the seven county land-use and transportation model for 2050 and online modeler available at Victor Dover presented possible headlines from the future, the many online tools available at the project website, and next steps for the process.

Join the conversation at & @seven50plan.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dover-Kohl at CNU 21

Dover, Kohl & Partners is in Salt Lake City for the 21st Congress of the New Urbanism.

Victor Dover presents Street Design: The Art of Complete and Connected Streets (3:45pm, 5-28) where he'll be talking about his upcoming book on Street Design co-written with John Massengale.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dover-Kohl presents at APA Conference

Victor Dover presented at two sessions this week at APA's 2013 Conference in Chicago, IL. The session "SmartCodes" with Transect Codes Council members Emily Talen and Paul Crabtree filled the session space. Dover-Kohl's form-based coding work in Downtown Kendall, Montgomery, and El Paso were highlighted during the session.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Seven50 Workgroup Workshop Engages Region

On April 10 over one hundred people attended a hands-on workshop to create the Seven50 Regional Prosperity Plan and many more attended online. Workgroups met in four locations: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce and began drafting the seven-county, fifty-plus year plan for Southeast Florida. Work on the plan will continue and be presented at the next regional summit June 19 – 21. The third regional summit in June will provide another opportunity for work groups and the general public to weigh in on the future of the region.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jean Lafitte Plan Unanimously Adopted

The Jean Lafitte Tomorrow Town Resilience Plan was adopted unanimously by the Jean Lafitte town council Wednesday. Mayor Kerner noted that the plan has already played a key role in getting Jean Lafitte's levee proposal added to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's 2012 Coastal Master Plan. Additionally, the plan has helped secure funding for a Nature Center and has informed the design of Rosethorn Park and a new vacation cabin neighborhood on the California Co Canal which is now under construction. The plan furthers the discussion in the town (and in the state) on "water in place" water management strategies and use of more multi-modal approaches when investing in transportation.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Dover-Kohl Comprehensive Plan and Regional Plan Projects Featured in National Charrette Institute (NCI) Webinar

Innovative Public Involvement Techniques for Comprehensive and Regional Planning: Lessons from Every Scale features Jason King, DKP; Frank Saxton, formerly of the Northshore Community Foundation; Carlos Gallinar, City of El Paso; and Marcela Camblor, Seven50 Project Director. The live webinar will be presented on January 30, 2:30 PM EST.

The session will compare and contrast the stories of three very different sized projects: The Comprehensive Plan for Hammond, Louisiana (pop. 20,000); Plan El Paso the Comprehensive Plan for El Paso, Texas (pop. 800,000); and Seven50, the Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan funded by the US Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (seven counties, pop. 6 million). Hear how online participation, in-person meetings, local charrettes and regional summits were combined in different ways for maximum public participation.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seven50 Summit, "A Look Ahead: Trends and Opportunities"

There's still time to sign up for the Seven50 Summit this Thursday, January 24 in Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus. Co-hosted by Victor Dover, this Second Summit will focus on looking ahead. Speakers will include Andrés Duany of DPZ, as well as political and cultural leaders from Southeast Florida’s seven counties who will discuss a broad variety of key topics facing the region in the century ahead, including adapting to climate change, improving higher education, creating a balanced transportation system, and staying economically competitive in a changing global market.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CNU-Florida 2013 Statewide Meeting

The CNU-Florida Statewide Meeting is being held this year in conjunction with the Second Seven50 Summit, January 24-25 in Miami, FL. New Urbanists are offered a unique opportunity to attend both events in one trip. Start by attending the Seven50 Summit in downtown Miami on Thursday, January 24, and then ride the Metrorail to the University of Miami to reconvene and continue the conversation at the CNU-Florida statewide meeting. A "Lightning Round" will kick off the statewide meeting Thursday evening, where participants from across the state will share ideas in short, fun, fast-paced presentations. Sessions continue Friday, January 25, covering topics from regional planning efforts to local implementation strategies.