Design Guidelines

October 18, 2018, 9am PDT
The city of Missoula professes a strategy of "focusing inward" when it comes to growth and development. A new 'Design Excellence Overlay' will help achieve more goals toward that strategy in the city's downtown.
Missoula Current
August 24, 2018, 10am PDT
How to design a transit system that is safe, green, and beautiful.
ASLA The Dirt
May 30, 2018, 8am PDT
The new guidelines will allow for new design decisions in a neighborhood undergoing rapid change.
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
April 23, 2018, 11am PDT
AB 2923, which would allow the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to rezone their properties near stations for transit-oriented development, passed its first committee. The California chapter of APA objects to the preemption of local land use authority.
California Chapter of American Planning Association
February 28, 2018, 1pm PST
In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Florida, the debate has been wide-ranging, from gun safety to arming teachers. All agree students must be safe, so why not look at architecture? The NRA has some tips.
The Architects Newspaper
February 26, 2018, 11am PST
A popular and changing neighborhood in Seattle has recommitted itself to urban design.
The Urbanist
June 19, 2017, 9am PDT
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) adds a logical supplement to their library of street design guides: a guide to stormwater infrastructure that is often built alongside or as part of road infrastructure.
Next City
June 11, 2017, 5am PDT
New York is piloting new building design guidelines aimed at improving the city's climate resiliency.
Architectural Record
Feature
June 8, 2017, 6am PDT
More trouble in River City, as Portland and Oregon struggle with rising housing costs and come up with a puzzling solution.
Michael Mehaffy
January 22, 2017, 7am PST
An article notes the signs of change at the New York City Housing Authority, which has adopted its first-ever design guidelines in a renewed effort to deliver safe and healthy homes to residents.
Next City
September 26, 2016, 9am PDT
With a two-year Interim Development Control Ordinance set to expire in March 2017, Burbank, California is working on new design guidelines for single-family homes.
The Burbank Leader
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