SmartCode

June 3, 2015, 12pm PDT
The Plaza can behave as the community living room. Why is this so hard to get right in post-WWII U.S.?
PlaceShakers
December 3, 2014, 11am PST
The El Paso City Council approved a $100 million SmartCode development.
El Paso Times
November 14, 2014, 5am PST
Are you thinking about playborhoods, playsheds, and free-range kids? Berlin's Kolle 37 hits it out of the park. Literally.
PlaceShakers
November 7, 2014, 12pm PST
Looking to integrate artisan manufacturing into a residential neighborhood? Berlin examples provide a few pointers, via Hazel Borys.
PlaceShakers
August 16, 2013, 6am PDT
Urbanists must adopt less bureaucratic approaches so that the next generation can build and grow the economy, Andres Duany says. Hence the proliferation of “lean” codes that emphasize only the essentials of shaping community.
Better! Cities & Towns
June 18, 2013, 10am PDT
London calling! PlaceMaker Hazel Borys fuses her passions for great cities, efficient transit, civic art and form-based coding into one lavishly documented examination of the English capital. Cheers, mates!
PlaceShakers
May 17, 2013, 7am PDT
Form-based codes extract the DNA of the desired local character, and enable it by right. Hazel Borys talks about how to get the numbers right in this week's Back of the Envelope.
PlaceShakers
May 3, 2013, 6am PDT
On 50th anniversary of the Jetsons, Hazel Borys celebrates city planning that isn't pie in the sky, but instead lets us cast a shadow.
PlaceShakers
April 23, 2013, 8am PDT
Ambition is good, but don't bite off more than you can chew. Hazel Borys applies this valuable lesson to form-based codes.
PlaceShakers
October 13, 2012, 9am PDT
Get lost in the details when explaining zoning reform? Hazel Borys puts forth a pictorial review that helps.
PlaceShakers
June 5, 2012, 7am PDT
Hazel Borys argues that "the payback of livable places really can’t be calculated in dollars, or pounds of fat or carbon, or even hours. The payback of place is passion."
PlaceShakers
June 1, 2012, 7am PDT
While raw density numbers are sure to pick a fight, discussing character-based building typologies one neighborhood at a time may help find common ground.
PlaceShakers
December 24, 2011, 7am PST
Hazel Borys discusses how several key form-based guidelines for retail can encourage success in the most risky of all development types.
PlaceShakers
September 20, 2011, 11am PDT
Industrial uses have long been banished to the edges -- but recently savvy cities are seeing the value of making them walkable again.
PlaceShakers
September 14, 2011, 12pm PDT
Montecillo, a 293-acre 'urban village', is the first development to take advantage of El Paso's new Smart Code. The project launched in May, and the developer is already preparing to get Phase 2 off the ground.
El Paso Inc.
October 9, 2010, 9am PDT
Ben Brown reads Robert Putnam's new book, which explores the ways in which religion in the U.S. causes greater intolerance but simultaneously a greater civic engagement and likelihood of helping others through charitable acts.
PlaceShakers
December 10, 2009, 6am PST
In Pass Christian, Mississippi, it seemed WalMart was on board for a village-style, mixed-use development that would include one of their stores. That is, until Walmart brass heard about the project.
New Urban News website
Feature
January 11, 2009, 9am PST
Communities aren't going to get a green code implemented, or any code, without that code appealing to developers, says Sandy Sorlien. They're building our new sustainable places and infilling our old ones.
Sandy Sorlien
December 26, 2008, 7am PST
Commissioner of Economic Development Brian Reilly makes the case to overhaul the city's 1951 zoning ordinance to a form-based SmartCode.
Buffalo News
Blog post
August 17, 2008, 9pm PDT

In a much discussed speech, ‘A Generational Challenge to Repower America,’ Al Gore challenged America to hit the off-switch on foreign oil and re-power itself with home-grown carbon-free energy– namely wind, solar and geothermal.

The predicted outcome Gore said would be a bold, energy independent nation ready to lead the world into the 21st century. However, such an effort, he asserted, would require “commitment to changing not just light bulbs, but laws. And Laws will only change with leadership.”

Mike Lydon