City of Surprise, AZ - Arts and Culture Master Plan

City of Surprise, AZ - Arts and Culture Master Plan

The City of Surprise, Arizona is currently in the public hearing/adoption process for its first ever Arts & Cultural Master Plan, implementing a policy outlined in the Arts & Culture Element of the Surprise General Plan 2035. by Joshua Mike, Planner II - Long Range, City of Surprise, AZ

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Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods

Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods

In a healthy 10-minute neighborhood most trips – to school, shops, services, work, recreation, and public transit - can be made by foot or bike within 10 minutes. To improve physical health we know we must transform our cities into a networked system of 10-minute neighborhoods. by Dr. Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

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2017 IMCL Honor Award Built Project – Sundance Square Plaza, Fort Forth, Texas

2017 IMCL Honor Award Built Project – Sundance Square Plaza, Fort Forth, Texas

Completed in November 2013,  the  Sundance Square Plaza is the primary public outdoor gathering space in downtown Fort Worth. The design of this space addresses and expresses the shared cultural values and aspirations of the Fort Worth community and fulfills the complex tasks of accommodating large events as well as day- to-day use of the plaza that calls for a more intimate scale. The plaza has become an amenity, both functionally and aesthetically, for the entire surrounding Sundance Square neighborhood. 

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Planning a Neighborhood Square

Planning a Neighborhood Square

Unlike a city’s main square that, from time to time, brings together representatives from all over the city for major festivals, concerts, and special events, a neighborhood square has certain unique social functions: it is frequented every day of the year by those who live in the neighborhood; it helps to strengthen social networks; and it builds community. Designing a neighborhood square to fulfill these social functions is not so simple. One of the biggest challenges is to get the proportions of the square right. by Dr. Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

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Bismarck Takes on Infill Challenge

Bismarck Takes on Infill Challenge

As the City of Bismarck looks to manage orderly, outward expansion, a key strategy is to guide some city growth inward.  Recently, the city adopted an Infill and Redevelopment Plan in its continuing effort to guide development within the existing footprint of the city, a key growth strategy advocated by Mayor Mike Seminary in his “footprint initiative.” The purpose of the plan is to facilitate high-quality infill and redevelopment that enhances quality of life, economic vitality, and fiscal responsibility.  by Will Hutchings

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Tactical Urbanism boosts parental cool factor

Tactical Urbanism boosts parental cool factor

By now, you've probably at least heard of tactical urbanism, if not participated in a workshop that seeks to temporarily transform leftover places into vibrant spaces.

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Urban Design Matters

Urban Design Matters

Matt Ashby, AICP CUD, discusses how components of urban design with other building blocks can create livable places that people return to time and time again.

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Midtown Emerges on NW Denver Brownfield

Midtown Emerges on NW Denver Brownfield

A smart-growth new neighborhood locatedfive miles from downtown Denver, Midtown has sprouted from shadows of a former brownfield site. by Matt Ashby, AICP CUD

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