Design Guidelines

April 22, 2016, 2pm PDT
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is on a multi-modal roll, releasing two guides to non-automobile forms of transportation in recent weeks. The most recent offers guidance on why, where, and how to site bikeshare.
Next City
April 19, 2016, 8am PDT
One of the national centers of authority for street design is onboard with trends already in motion in local jurisdictions all over the United States. So let it be written; so let it be done?
Streetsblog USA
April 1, 2016, 12pm PDT
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has announced his plan to expand his branding if elected President of the United States in November.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
February 27, 2016, 11am PST
New affordable housing is only one step toward creating livable communities—a quality mix of uses on the ground floor, designed to integrate with the street and public spaces is also vital.
Next City
December 29, 2015, 6am PST
Designers and architects in Charlotte, North Carolina are asking the city to raise the bar when approving new apartment buildings to prevent more of the repetitive wood-frame design that has swept the city.
The Charlotte Observer
Blog post
November 1, 2015, 1pm PST
There are a number of areas of planning that offer planners a role, but are not necessarily at the front of our minds. At the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, researchers shared results that can impact practice.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
July 6, 2014, 9am PDT
Sam Lubell outlines the good and bad of recent small lot design guidelines approved by Los Angeles.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 27, 2014, 6am PDT
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his intentions to create ordinances that would prevent future design controversies like the maligned Trump sign above the Chicago River.
Chicago Tribune
June 13, 2014, 1pm PDT
The most conspicuous example of Chicago's recent spat of troubling signage is a 2,891-square-foot sign 200 feet above street level on the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.
Chicago Tribune
May 25, 2014, 11am PDT
The Los Angeles City Council recently approved a pedestrian footbridge for a large development west of Downtown. The approval came suddenly and despite the protests of advocates, planning professionals, and the volunteer City Planning Commission.
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2013, 6am PDT
An update to Toronto's Tall Building Design Guidelines seeks to address problems with the seven-year-old planning document, while strengthening the protections afforded historic properties, key sightlines, and local context.
The Toronto Star
February 28, 2013, 1pm PST
James Brasuell discusses the contentious proposal to adopt citywide design guidelines for use by L.A.'s City Council. While the guidelines are intended to raise the level of design throughout the city, some argue they will stifle good design.
The Architect's Newspaper
October 21, 2011, 10am PDT
That's the title of a draft report from the Australian Dept. of Infrastructure and Transport presenting model processes for creating high-quality urban environments.
Architecture and Design
October 26, 2010, 9am PDT
Some critics say the proposed voluntary measures don’t have teeth, while others worry they lay the groundwork for overdevelopment.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 10, 2010, 10am PDT
Brookhaven, New York received a 43-page Design Guideline document from their consultants. The city asked to have it all boiled down to one sheet, front and back.
New Urban Network