THE ART OF URBAN DESIGN

We like to share our knowledge and explorations in urban design and related fields.  Contact us for opportunities to speak to your organization.

LECTURES

FUNDAMENTALS OF URBAN DESIGN

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What is urban design and why does it matter? This presentation explores the fundamentals of the rediscovered art of urban design, beginning at the scale of the block and extending to the scale of the city. 

INTRODUCTION TO FORM-BASED CODES & THE FORM-O-STAT

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The Form-o-stat, developed by M. Huston, uses the metaphor of a thermostat to illustrate the varying “degrees” of a form-based code.  FBC’s can be calibrated to correspond to the community’s comfort level.

NATURAL AESTHETICS (A.K.A. BEAUTY WITHOUT THE B.S.)

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The lecture proposes that beauty is not as subjective as you might think.  This presentation proposes that there are fundamental objective attributes that create beauty, and these tools can be utilized to create beauty in the man-made built environment.