Friday, December 5, 2014

Seven50 Wins Award of Excellence

Seven50: Southeast Regional Partnership Plan project has been selected for an Award of Excellence which will be presented at the 14th Annual Planning Awards by the Gold Coast Section of the American Planning Association. Jason King, DKP’s Seven50 Project Director, will be attending the awards banquet along with representatives from Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and South Florida Regional Planning Council on Thursday, December 11 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. 

To learn more see the Seven50 Film, or read the report at: 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ludlam Trail - 6.2 Mile Linear Park & Bikeway

DKP along with the Friends of the Ludlam Trail is advocating for the creation of a 6.2 mile linear park and bikeway along the former Florida East Coast railroad corridor known as the Ludlam Trail.

This space presents a unique opportunity to create a world class recreational area. It could  become Miami's equivalent of New York's High Line, providing a greenway connecting many neighborhoods from the Airport to South Miami.  

If preserved as a green space, this 75 acre swath of land would be in the top tier of the largest trails in the country. It would provide much needed green space for local residents and to the city as a whole, create a safe route to school and work and could draw in local, national and international visitors alike.

Support the Ludlam Trail! 
Check out the video to see portions of the trail for yourself!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

DKP work featured in Resilient Miami exhibit at Coral Gables Museum

DKP work will be on display at the Coral Gables Museum as part of an exhibit kicking off this week entitled "Miami 2100: Envisioning a Resilient Second Century". The exhibited materials will include renderings and research produced during the Seven 50 project and Dutch Dialogues Charrette, which was presented at the South East Florida Regional Climate Compact in October.

The exhibit, presented by the Florida International University (FIU) School of Architecture, will feature work produced by local professional as well as research developed during the last 3 years, by students in FIU SOA's ongoing Sea Level Rise Studio.

Check out the exhibit for some insight in to how Miami will deal with the critical issue of climate change, and sea level rise specifically!

When:  November 6, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Where: Gallery 109 and the Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery
           Coral Gables Museum
           285 Aragon Avenue

DKP Presents at the Florida Institute of Transportation Engineers Conference

Jason King, Principal, presents today at the conference of transportation policymakers and practitioners today. His presentation, "Sustainability and Liveability: A Regional Viewpoint" highlights the Seven50 Plan for Southeast Florida. The plan for the region involved over a million participants in its creation and envisions a greener, multi-modal future. Yesterday, Jason presented the work of Kenneth Garcia and others on the Cypress Creek TriRail TOD as part of a mobile tour of transportation opportunities.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DKP Designs Regional Urban Design Guidelines for the former Fort Ord, Monterey, CA

The DKP team is working on the development of urban design guidelines for the areas formerly known as the Fort Ord Military base in Monterey, CA. This video provides a brief history of Fort Ord and an introduction to the upcoming charrette process through which the Regional Urban Design Guidelines will be developed.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

San Marcos Says New Code Draft on the Right Track

The DKP team is back from a charrette in San Marcos, Texas. DKP leads a multi-disciplinary team to create a Unified Development Ordinance and system of pre-approved plans for urban extension and compact urbanism. New development will be channeled away from the aquifer that feeds San Marcos’s crystal clear river. Over 350 people attended the charrette and provided their input. By far the majority of work-in-progress attendees agreed that the code was headed in the right direction.

Here’s an article about the project

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City of Carlsbad Work-In-Progress Presentation "sparks dreams"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Dover-Kohl team recently completed a charrette in the City of Carlsbad, California, to create a master plan for the Village and Barrio districts. Over 500 people attended and provided their input over the course of two weeks. 91% of work-in-progress attended agreed that the plan was headed in the right direction.

 UT San Diego spoke highly of the presentation, saying that it "sparks dreams".

 Watch the charrette recap and work-in-progress presentation here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DKP at Climate Leadership Conference

Dover, Kohl & Partners joins Arcadis Engineering and the City of Miami Beach at the 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit today to present adaptive concepts. As part of the Southeast Florida Resilient Redesign charrette DKP worked with Dutch Engineers on the Virginia Key Boulevard Levee concept among other ideas for retrofit, retreat and reinforcement. Miami's first coastal levee could provide a bulwark against storm surge for the entire city as well as a new, higher-elevation, network of walkable communities.

For more information, visit the Climate Change Summit website.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DKP Plans a New Resort Community on Smith Lake in Alabama

Dover, Kohl & Partners joined Gary Justiss and Mike Watkins to plan a new community on Smith Lake, Alabama. The one-week charrette was hosted by the Bailey and Wood families. The new 160+ acre community (name to be decided) will give Smith Lake its first walkable center. Homes along the ridges will be connected by a series of paths and within walking distance of a range of greens, playgrounds and parks. The work-in-progress on July 30 attracted over 150 people including the Mayor of Cullman, Chamber of Commerce representatives and many potential new residents of the lake community.

Cullman Sense, a local publication, provided a brief write-up of the design charrette, found here.

 Here’s a film by Jason King.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Code for San Marcos, TX

The DKP Team is in San Marcos, Texas working on a new code with TPUDC, StreetPlans and CNU Board Member Matthew Lewis. The project began with a Tactical Urbanism event. LBJ Drive in the heart of the downtown was converted from a one-way street to a two-way with a cycle track, parklets, on-street parking and trees for the day. Here's a short film from the day by Jason King:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wheeler District: OKC's Next Great Urban Neighborhood

The DKP team completed a charrette last week for Wheeler District in Oklahoma City. Wheeler District is a new infill community that is poised to become Oklahoma City’s next great walkable neighborhood. Over 500 people participated in the week-long charrette hosted by Humphreys Development Company. 

See the three minute project video:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dover-Kohl Appoints New Firm Principals

Dover, Kohl & Partners is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors! James, Amy, and Jason have been promoted to firm Principal, joining founders Victor and Joe as leaders in the design of sustainable neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions.

James Dougherty, Principal and Director of Design, has been with DKP since 1996; James helps to establish the firm's design philosophy, and is a leader in urban design illustration techniques.

Amy Groves, Principal and Senior Project Director, joined DKP in 2002; she has directed the work of the studio team in new town plans as well as neighborhood and corridor revitalization and form-based code efforts.

Jason King, Principal and Senior Project Director, has been with Dover-Kohl since 2006; Jason is responsible for leading many of DKP's regional and comprehensive planning efforts, including Plan El Paso and Seven50: the Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan.

Congratulations to James, Amy and Jason!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cocoa Beach Gateways Master Plan Presented at Workshop

Last night, Dover, Kohl and Partners presented the Cocoa Beach Gateways Master Plan to a packed city council chamber. It was well received. 

Victor Dover and Pamela Stacy King presented the report which was followed by a presentation of the implementation strategy by Cocoa Beach development services director, Zach Montgomery. 

The session was followed by questions and comments from the audience. To learn more about the meeting click here 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dover-Kohl Projects Receive CNU Charter Awards

Three projects that Dover-Kohl was involved in received Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism this week.

The Columbia Pike Initiative won the "Best Corridor Plan" Award for its ongoing transformation of a  suburban strip corridor into a multi-story, mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood. Dover Kohl led an intensive public charrette process that resulted in the adoption of a plan and form-based code in 2003. For the first time in 40 years, mixed-use developments were built, sidewalks were widened, and pedestrian-friendly lighting was installed. In 2011 Dover-Kohl led a follow-up charrette focusing on the multi-family residential portions of the corridor with a special focus on affordability. The result is a comprehensive vision that promotes new infill development as part of a walkable, transit-oriented community, while ensuring the continued availability of affordable housing.

The Curridabat Master Plan won the "Best City Plan" Award for a plan that sets the pace for a Latin-American adoption of CNU Charter Principles. Dover-Kohl collaborated with lead firm Castillo Arquitectos to produce a vision for a reimagined city focused on urbanism and walkability, and resulting in the adoption of the first Form-Based Code in Costa Rica.

Jean Lafitte Tomorrow won a "Special Jury Award" for its locally-driven resiliency plan for this low-lying Gulf Coast community. The Dover-Kohl led plan for Jean Lafitte recommends the slow retreat to the heart-of-town by facilitating the voluntary relocation of residents from indefensible, low-lying areas into more compact, walkable, mixed-use communities with enough investment to warrant reinforcement. The plan was adopted unanimously in 2013 and played a key role in getting Jean Lafitte's proposed levee added to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's Coastal Master Plan.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Dover-Kohl Presenting at CNU22

CNU 22: The Resilient Community is taking place in Buffalo, New York this week from June 4-7 and Dover-Kohl is excited to be a part of it. The annual Congress for the New Urbanism is the leading venue for new urbanist education, collaboration, and networking. CNU members come from around the world to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dover Kohl Begins Planning for a New District in Oklahoma City

Dover, Kohl & Partners has started working with Humphreys Company to plan Wheeler District. The site is 130 acres and is it located on the south side of the Oklahoma River on Western Avenue just a mile from the center of the city. The charrette is scheduled for July 9 through 16, 2014. More information is available at This is a community that will grow over time and become one of Oklahoma City's great urban neighborhoods.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dover-Kohl Presents in Atlanta at APA 2014

Victor Dover and Jason King co-presented online engagement strategies at the APA2014 Conference in Atlanta. They highlighted their work on Seven50, the Plan for Southeast Florida, and a process that involved over one million people.

Dave Biggs from MetroQuest also presented and both Dave’s segment and the entire presentation can be found here: APA 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Siloam Springs Downtown & Connectivity Master Plan

Dover-Kohl has just returned from a week long charrette in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Team members worked with citizen planners to define a vision for the future of the City. Making downtown more walkable, bikeable and better connected to local destinations was a priority throughout the week. At the interactive kick-off event on Monday, March 31, members of the community identified opportunities and challenges in the downtown. The candid dialogue continued throughout the week in the Open Design Studio. Each person that visited the studio contributed valuable information. 

The charrette concluded with a work-in-progress presentation that demonstrated consensus within the community on strategies for completing road diets that increase on-street parking and sidewalk dining, implementing bicycle infrastructure, and fostering a memorable, livable City.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

East Lansing Charrette Builds on Vision for BRT

Last week, Dover-Kohl participated in a weeklong charrette in East Lansing, MI to develop a plan for Bus-Rapid Transit on the Michigan Avenue / Grand River Avenue corridor. The East Lansing Charrette builds on The Capitol Corridor vision to create a better, more cohesive corridor from the Capitol to Meridian. During the Kick-off and Hands-on Design Session, over 60 community members gathered around tables to create new street sections and draw their thoughts for the area. Throughout the week designers, engineers, and planners continued the work in an open design studio which allowed people to stop by and bring new ideas to the table as well as witness the progress.

The week finished with a Work-in-Progress presentation on Sunday, March 23rd that highlighted the details of the emerging plan. The planning effort is being led by the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), through Mead & Hunt; Dover, Kohl & Partners; Kimley-Horn & Associates; and Cambridge Systematics.

For more information click here

To see the article in the Lansing State Journal click here

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nestor Arguello from Dover-Kohl on Telemundo

Catch Nestor Arguello from Dover-Kohl and Celeste De Palma from the Tropical Audubon Society on Telemundo Tuesday April 8th at 6pm! 

Dover, Kohl & Partners - Town Planning, the Tropical Audubon Society and the Telemundo crew from @AlertaVerde talk about the importance of preserving the Everglades and stopping sprawl. Focus is on building a sustainable community, building up rather than out to better utilize our resources while safeguarding our natural resources.

 Click HERE for a SNEAK PEEK!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Capitol Corridor Plan Adopted by Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

On Febuary 26, 2014 The Capitol Corridor plan was presented to a formal meeting of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commision that voted to accept the report on the spot. Following a year-long process working under the leadership of the National Charrette Institute (NCI), Dover-Kohl led two 7-8 day charrettes along the Michigan Avenue / Grand River Avenue corridor that provided the opportunity for an in-depth community conversation about the future urban form of the corridor, and produced a consensus-based vision for urban design, land use, transportation, and economic development. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Victor Dover as Virtual Keynote Speaker for the University of Iceland

This year Victor Dover will be the "virtual" keynote speaker for Reykjavik Green Days at the University of Iceland. The lecture on "Sustainable Cities and Their Streets" is going to be beamed from a studio in Arkansas onto the big screen at Háskólatorg, with Q&A across five time zones (and no jet-travel carbon footprint). 

This event will take place on Wednesday, April 2 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm in UTC and is organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States in Reykjavik. Please note that this is a remote lecture from the United States.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Hometown Plan for South Miami, Florida

In this new film, Victor Dover, Joe Kohl, Mayor Philip Stoddard and several DKP designers explain the key steps to downtown and main street revitalization based on their own success story. The Hometown Plan for the City of South Miami was initiated over 16 years ago and the plan continues to be actively implemented today. New streetscape improvements and infill buildings have created a walkable, urban downtown. Directed by Jason King, Dover, Kohl & Partners.

Click here to watch the video and learn more about The Hometown Plan

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reception, Talk and Book Signing with Victor Dover!

The City of Coral Gables and Books and Books are celebrating the publication of "STREET DESIGN: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns" (Wiley, 2014). The book's co-authors Victor Dover and John Massengale selected streets from Coral Gables, South Miami and Miami Beach to illustrate why good design is crucial. 

Join us Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Coral Gables Museum, Community Meeting Room located at 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Ramon Trias, Director of Planning & Zoning, will make introductory remarks, followed by a short presentation about the book, on sale in the Museum gift shop.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Victor Dover Continues Street Design Book Tour

Victor Dover and co-author John Massengale have been doing a lot of traveling to talk about their recently released book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. Recent lectures have taken place in Delray Beach, Florida; The University of Texas at San Antonio; CNUFL in Sarasota, Florida; Florida International University in Miami, Florida; and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

NEW VIDEO: A recording of Victor's lecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design on February 11, 2014 is available online at the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

DKP Featured in Climate Change Discussion

Miami News 10 has shown several segments this week with Jason King of DKP, Caroline Lewis of the CLEO Institute, and Peter Harlem, Florida International University’s GIS Coordinator, concerning climate change and sea level rise in Southeast Florida. The segments include “Miami Lives With Impacts of Climate Change” and  “Could Finding Sea Level Rise Solutions Create Jobs?”

As described in Seven50, the Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, Southeast Florida is already living with sea level rise and the solutions the region pioneers could be an important contribution to an international conversation on how to retrofit, retreat and reinforce in this new era.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dover-Kohl Presents at CNU Florida

Victor Dover delivered a keynote presentation last week in Sarasota at the annual meeting for the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He discussed themes from Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, the new book that he recently co-authored with John Massengale (Wiley, 2014).

Jason King presented Seven50 with Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, explaining the highly interactive public process used to plan the region. Have you seen the Seven50 video yet?

Several Dover-Kohl team members participated in the “Lightning Round.” Together, Jason King and Pamela Stacy presented an illustrated narration of King’s novel, New Town St. Jerome. Emily Glavey shared her research on the costs and environmental benefits of LEED certified buildings (University of Cambridge, 2013) in a presentation called “Is LEED Legitimate?”

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Bridge as Public Space: Plan El Paso cited in a recent TEDx talk by Carlos Gallinar

Carlos Gallinar, El Paso’s Deputy Director for City Development and Planning, recently gave a TEDx talk about the healing and humane benefits that could be realized with a true bi-national civic space bridging the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Such a civic space was envisioned in George Kessler’s historic 1925 City Plan for El Paso. This vision was reinvigorated in Plan El Paso, the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan produced by Dover, Kohl & Partners, and adopted in 2013.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Jason King Discusses Form-Based Coding at Miami Beach United Speaker's Bureau

Jason King will present "Form Based Coding, Master Plans and Alton Road" on Monday, February 3rd at 6PM at the Miami Beach Golf Course on 2301 Alton Road. Big plans are in the works for the City's main arterial, Alton Road, and this could provide an opportunity to improve the City's overall livability beyond the limits of the right-of-way. At the same time the City is pursuing initiatives intended to improve walkability of the City's north-south avenues, enhance the multimodalism of its east-west streets, and mitigate the impact of the Convention Center redevelopment. Jason has lived on the Beach for eight years; he combines his skills working around the country with his knowledge as a resident to discuss the island's opportunities. Also be sure to attend the next Speaker's Bureau when John Torti, Torti Gallas & Partners, presents "Avoiding Conflicts Between Residents and Businesses" on Tuesday February 11th at 6PM at the same location. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Cocoa Beach Community Gathers for Charrette

Last week, Cocoa Beach residents attended a series of public meetings and an open design studio to imagine a future vision for the northern gateways into the City. The Plan Cocoa Beach Charrette began on January 20th with a Kick-off Presentation and Hands-on Design Session in which over 80 community members gathered around tables to draw their thoughts for the area. Throughout the week, a design studio at the Cocoa Beach Country Club allowed people to stop by and bring new ideas to the table. The draft plan focuses on the SR 520 intersection with A1A and the surrounding properties and highlights the numerous opportunities to create a memorable gateway to the City. The draft plan also envisions giving visitors a sense of arrival while building upon the Cocoa Beach character, especially with improvements to streets and parks.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Street Design Book Released to Critical Acclaim

Reviews are pouring in for Victor Dover & John Massengale's new book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. "Authoritative... eloquent... beautifully written... generously illustrated... magnificent..." (Better Cities & Towns) and "This book is exactly what we need at this time" (International Making Cities Livable). 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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Seven50 Report Presented at Final Summit

Leaders from the seven-county region of southeast Florida gathered last week for the last in a series of four public summits held to engage a wide-ranging conversation about the future of the region.