One of the things that we consistently stress is the need to travel and study varied urban conditions. We believe by studying these conditions that we can inform our projects and extend our experience and specialization beyond our own work. Being able to take an objective look at anonymous works around the global provides us the opportunity to critically analyze these places and transform our analysis into useful lessons. Continue Reading
Parking Planning for Pedestrian Activity
Many communities are realizing the need to make their downtowns, districts and neighborhoods more pedestrian-friendly. As they work to achieve this, it is important to recognize the numerous ways that municipalities can direct their infrastructure improvements and developments to dramatically increase the reality of this sought after characteristic. One key issue is how parking is appropriately incorporated into an urban district and if it is done in an efficient manner and one that assists to enhance the built environment. It may be difficult to admit that parking automobiles can have such an important role in creating a better quality urban place, but the fact is that car placement in a city requires a carefully thought out strategy. Municipalities have the opportunity to define the quantity of required spaces and where to locate them. These decisions can have a great impact of the quality of a people-oriented place and can increase walkability or be detrimental to it.