Laguna West occupies an area of 1,045 acres. It is the first application of Calthorpe’s Transit-Oriented Development principles, which is now embraced in the general plan for Sacramento.
- Pedestrian friendly neighborhoods that encourage walking
- A town center
- A nature/riparian zone
Seven decades ago, when the grandfather of Robert S. Davis purchased this 80 acres of land along the shore of Northwest Florida, he may not imagined that his land had become a dream of many urbanists and architects.
But now, Seaside, Florida is in slides of many lecture class in architecture schools, with the pictures of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-zyberk. Designers describe it as recreating traditional neighborhood of 1920s. “Old way, new town.” As the principal designers, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-zyberk pursued an overriding goal, which was fostering a strong sense of community.
“New Urbanism aims to build hamlets, neighborhoods, villages, towns, and cities rather than subdivisions, shopping centers, and office parks like those found in conventional suburban development (CSD). A fundamental goal is a proper balance between the needs of the automobile and the needs of the pedestrian. Maximizing walkability is essential.” – Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide
Seven Principles: (Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide)
1. Building blocks->neighborhood->village/small town/bigger town/city
2. Well-defined edge: a quarter-mile distance that everyone can reach.
3. Corridors are connecting different neighborhoods.
4. Human scale.
5. A range of transportation options.
6. Hierarchy streets.
7. Civic buildings as landmarks.
What is it?
Responsible Property Investing (RPI) is property investment or management strategies that maximizes the positive and minimizes the negative social and environmental effects of property investing, consistent with fiduciary responsibilities.
10 elements of RPI that help buildings perform better:
Public transport oriented developments
Urban revitalization and adaptability
Health and safety
Social equity and community development
According to the Asset-based Community Development Institute (ABCD), which is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Asset-Based Community Development is a methodology that helps to build strong and sustainable communities.
Above are four types of community building work which ABCD is currently involved:
- Building community capacity. ABCD engages directly with community groups to support their asset-based community development efforts. The Institute and its affiliated faculty also participate in an array of local, regional, and international conferences and workshops as keynote speakers, workshop and training facilitators, technical support providers, and learning participants.
- Conducting research. Using a community-based participatory research approach, ABCD partners with community residents and other local entities to conduct research that helps prepare them to achieve their own community building objectives. ABCD also works with community groups, non-profits, and an array of other institutions to evaluate asset-based community development projects.
- Working with students. Working directly with students, Northwestern faculty, and other organizations, ABCD contributes to the development of the next generation of engaged civic leaders and community builders.
- Producing publications and resources. Producing community building publications and other resources for practitioners and scholars in the community development field, ABCD contributes to a growing body of knowledge about the effectiveness of the asset-based approach to strengthening communities.
For more information, please visit ABCD, or download the introduction from the basic manual Building Communities from the Inside Out.