Thursday, July 22, 2010

Introducing urban|design.banter

A new part of our blog will be urban design banter: infill, re-knitting our urban fabric, cohousing, and keeping small towns from becoming suburbs

Our firm's motto of smart growth :: green design means we are dedicated to creating spaces that are not only great to live in but also worthy of visiting. Why shouldn't where you live be somewhere you would want to visit? So many people settle for drab, sprawling, monotonous suburbs, and then save up vacation money and time to walk around cities they find appealing. 

According to Duany, Plater-Zyberk, and Speck in "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream," the majority of time spent at Disney World is not on rides or at shows, but most of the time is spent "enjoying the precise commodity that people so sorely lack in their suburban hometowns: pleasant, pedestrian-friendly, public space and the sociability it engenders." 

In the coming weeks we will be discussing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's): where they are acceptable, why they are a good idea, and how they can be implemented. 

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