The study of urban spaces has a long established history. Urban cultural critic, Louis Mumford studied spaces as they related to the function of urban life. Renowned urban researcher William Whyte studied the way the design of spaces affected human behavior. Whyte’s approach harkened back to the days of the environmental design movement, typified by the late 60s/ early 70s teachings at such schools as the University of California Berkley and the University of Michigan. Continue Reading
I had the opportunity, this past week, to spend a couple of days in Long Island, NY where I gave a talk at a Smart Growth Conference put together by an important local group, Vision Long Island. It was an especially interesting experience, given the recent tragedy that occurred there in recent weeks from Super Storm Sandy. When Vision Long Island Executive Director, Eric Alexander, asked me to come to the conference to speak about mixed-use developments and enhancing urban and suburban areas by incorporating more efficient design concepts, he had no idea that the scope of the conference would have to be altered because of Sandy. Continue Reading
Must we shop? Our capitalistic society is based on consumption. When the economy gets tough we are given tax breaks and told to “go out and spend” to revitalize the economy. Shouldn’t we be saving? Continue Reading
Question: Why did the pedestrian cross the street?
Answer: To enjoy a positive, walkable built environment Continue Reading