January 2, 2014

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

One Loudoun honored with housing award

(RECAP: The National Association of Home Builders has announced that One Loudoun, designed as a self-contained town, is one of five honorees chosen from across the U.S, to receive Silver Awards in the category of Master-planned Community of the Year.)

What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning

(RECAP: The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning — town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?)

Building high to qualify

(RECAP: Medium-rise residential would often be more appropriate, but little-known federal regulations have restricted this type of development for decades.)

Here’s How CDCs can Overcome the People-Based, Place-Based Gap

(RECAP: Community-based entities are uniquely positioned to nurture constituencies to act collectively within our societal and civic participation structures. So why does it take a disaster to bring us back to the basics of the CDC movement, with an appreciation to the principles of well-organized communities?)

Creating a Global Geography of Wheelchair Accessibility

(RECAP: Having data on wheelchair accessibility freely available and already tied to maps opens up all sorts of possibilities, like creating apps that plan out wheelchair routes in the same way others plan out bike routes.)

What Planning Will Do

(RECAP: Planning can’t predict the future but it can reliably point to the possibilities. To think about the future (near and far), and how to make it better, may be the most valuable thing that planning will do for us all.)

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