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Urban Design

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Get up to speed on the latest trends in TOD – the growing marketshare, development strategies, financing, and creating successful mixed-use projects.

Hear from the nation’s leading TOD authority Chris Leinberger on business trends, new financing options, and the latest research on TOD success stories.

Hear from one of America’s most successful TOD real estate developers Doug Firstenberg, Principal at Stonebridge, and the strategies he’s been deploying to create exceptional and successful pedestrian-friendly projects, as well as how his firm is weathering the current crisis to maintain values and keep projects moving forward.

Hear from Andrew Trueblood, Director of the Washington DC Office of Planning about the many things the city has done to encourage decades of high quality TOD projects.

June 9 – 1pm EDT / 1 Hour

Learn the key principles and best practices of creating great places, lively districts, and a synergistic mix of uses. Learn the many ways cities, planning agencies, and rail stations are encouraging quality, walkable, mixed-use environments and great public spaces.

Hear from Beverley Swaim-Staley, President & CEO of Union Station Redevelopment Corporation – manager of Washington DC’s iconic Union Station, one of the busiest transportation centers in the country – serving over 37 million visitors and passengers each year.

Beverley will give an update on the station and its $8.3 Billion modernization and TOD project being planned for the station known as Burnham Place – 9 million square feet of new mixed-use development that will be built above Union Station’s tracks. The development will feature a mix of first-class office, residential, retail, and hotel space, as well as parks and plazas.

Learn the successful methods to transform existing places, increase access, tame traffic, reduce and hide parking, and make places pedestrian, bike and scooter friendly.

WATCH  NOW

Get up to speed on the latest trends in TOD – the growing marketshare, development strategies, financing, and creating successful mixed-use projects.

Hear from the nation’s leading TOD authority Chris Leinberger on business trends, new financing options, and the latest research on TOD success stories.

Hear from one of America’s most successful TOD real estate developers Doug Firstenberg, Principal at Stonebridge, and the strategies he’s been deploying to create exceptional and successful pedestrian-friendly projects, as well as how his firm is weathering the current crisis to maintain values and keep projects moving forward.

Hear from Andrew Trueblood, Director of the Washington DC Office of Planning about the many things the city has done to encourage decades of high quality TOD projects.

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The art of creating and shaping cities and towns

Urban design involves the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities. Urban design is the process of giving form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, to whole neighborhoods, and the city. 

It is a framework that orders the elements into a network of streets, squares, and blocks. Urban design blends architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning together to make urban areas functional and attractive.

Urban design

  is about making connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built fabric. Urban design draws together the many strands of place-making, environmental stewardship, social equity and economic viability into the creation of places with distinct beauty and identity.

Urban design is derived from but transcends planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering and landscape. It draws these and other strands together creating a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.

Urban design makes life better for all!

 

“The building of cities is one of man’s greatest achievements.” –Edmund Bacon

Urban design involves place-making – the creation of a setting that imparts a sense of place to an area. This process is achieved by establishing identifiable neighborhoods, unique architecture, aesthetically pleasing public places and vistas, identifiable landmarks and focal points, and a human element established by compatible scales of development and ongoing public stewardship. Other key elements of placemaking include: lively commercial centers, mixed-use development with ground-floor retail uses, human-scale and context-sensitive design; safe and attractive public areas; image-making; and decorative elements in the public realm.

Urban designpractice areas range in scale from small public spaces or streets to neighborhoods, city-wide systems, or whole regions.

“Urban design and city building are surely among the most auspicious endeavors of this or any age, giving rise to a vision of life, art, artifact and culture that outlives its authors. It is the gift of its designers and makers to the future. Urban design is essentially an ethical endeavor, inspired by the vision of public art and architecture and reified by the science of construction.” –Donald Watson

Urban design operates at 3 scales:

the region

city and town

the neighborhood
district and corridor

the block
street and building

Urban design includes infrastructure, architecture, public spaces:

Examples of great urban design are all over the world:
Washington DC
Cartagena, Colombia
Salt Lake City, UT
Copenhagen, Denmark
Portofino, Italy
Strasbourg, France
Siena, Italy
A New City
Aleppo, Syria

Urban design has a wide range of applications:

Some of the best urban design comes from Italy

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
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