“Abu Dhabi 2030”

Comprehensive Planning, Environment, Housing, Planning, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Urban and Regional Design

Currently the city of Abu Dhabi has a population of 1 million. By the time of 2030, the figure will rise to 3 million. What will the urban planning department deal with such a large population, and guide the city towards sustainability? This short video will tell you.

Urban Design Case Study – Laguna West, Sacramento County, California

Case Study, Community Design, Community Planning, Planning, Sustainable Development, Urban and Regional Design

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.

Design Features:

  • Pedestrian friendly neighborhoods that encourage walking
  • A town center
  • A nature/riparian zone

Urban Design Case Study – Seaside, Walton County, Floride

Community Design, Community Planning, Housing, Planning, Urban and Regional Design

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

Community Design, Community Planning, Planning, Sustainable Development, Urban and Regional Design

“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.

Morph My City Challenge (MMCC)

Community Design, Planning, Urban and Regional Design

From OmniCompete

Morph My City Challenge is calling for architects, engineers, students, city planners and innovators from around the world to a two-part innovation competition aiming to encourage and reward radical new approaches to sustainable urban planning.

The two categories of Morph My City Challenge are: Greenfield prize and 2040 prize.

Deadline for submission will be 30th, May.

For more information please visit: Morph My City Challenge

Best Lightning Talk at GeoDesign Summit 2012

Environment, Planning, Urban and Regional Design

Two winners of Best Lightning Talk at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit are Abby Jones from Anthro/Ecological Design Collective and Ryan Perkl, assistant professor of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Arizona.

The following links lead to their presentation:

Abby Jones: Red Fields to Green Fields—Los Angeles

Ryan Perkl: Geodesigning Landscape Linkages: Coupling GIS and Corridor Design in Conservation Planning

Source: Esri: http://www.esri.com/news/arcwatch/0212/geodesign-summit-lightning-talk-winners-announced.html