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.