Globalization and Its Effect on Urban Design- Part 2
An auto-dominated economic and social strategy has had profound effects on our built environment.
This post examines the relationship between the city and the car. We will examine the historical influence that automobile ownership has had on urban form and how we can capitalize on the positives and reform the negatives. When the car was first introduced it was seen as the instrument to take us back to the country; a surefire death knell for cities. Continue Reading
Touring cities and towns ultimately leads to the uncovering of unique and interesting findings. A week ago, I visited a very interesting small “town” in western New York State, the Chautauqua Institution. I was asked to present and participate in a conference on urban issues facing cities of the American Great Lakes Region (what I like to call The Lake Belt) for the New York Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism. In previous travels, I have been to many nearby cities but have not had the pleasure to visit the Chautauqua area. It is a beautifully hilly region with many farms and grape orchards (an extension of the well-established Niagara Wine Region) as well as lakes and streams, especially terrific during the peak of the autumn leaf transition. Continue Reading
Globalization and Its Effect on Urban Design- Part 1
In this post we will attempt to place the city within its current global context by looking at current factors shaping cities as well as the historical elements that have defined urban form.
Global Icons outside of an office building in Shenzen, China
Alternative Approaches to the Working City
This past week I had an opportunity to visit one of the most pleasant small towns in North America, Mackinac Island, where I participated in the annual conference for the Michigan Municipal League. Even though I have traveled to the Island many times, during this visit I took specific notice of how an auto-free Mackinac functions and how it is considerably different than the majority of places on the continent. Continue Reading
In a previous post we looked at a non-motorized masterplan at the scale of the major city. In this post we turn our attention to the small town. For the Non-Motorized masterplan in the town of Lapeer, Michigan, population 8,800, we looked at issues that were more localized to the downtown area and its connectivity to the outer areas of town and the regional non-motorized network as a way of reframing the downtown as a destination for surrounding areas.