Hazel Borys

High Point, Seattle

Green Infrastructure Toolkit Launches on World Water Day

The Green Infrastructure Toolkit lists 25 actions local governments can take to transform crusty, impermeable urban landscapes into vibrant, spongy ecosystems that preserve water as a resource and protect against its potential destruction in floods.

March 23, 2023 - PlaceShakers and NewsMakers

Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place: Working in a Time of Isolation

Need some work-at-home tips from a veteran? Hazel Borys has eight to consider.

March 25, 2020 - PlaceShakers

Wynyard Quarter

Code Score: A New Aid for Aligning Policy and Vision With Outcomes

A compendium of benefits of walkable urban places, put together by Hazel Borys and Kaid Benfield.

October 2, 2019 - PlaceShakers

Birmingham, Michigan

Code Hackathon: What Can Go Wrong With Form-Based Codes?

Top problems with form-based codes, and how to fix them.

May 16, 2019 - PlaceShakers

Texas Flood

Hurricane Harvey a Sober Reminder That Resilience Requires Mitigation and Adaptation

Wishing Houstonians continued strength, fortitude, and safe passage this week, Hazel Borys considers resilience.

August 30, 2017 - PlaceShakers

Ventura County

Preserving the Rural Landscape with Agrarian Urbanism

We don't usually think zoning when considering farmland preservation, but Hazel Borys shares are a few thoughts that may help.

July 28, 2017 - PlaceShakers


CNU 25 Seattle: Highlights from the Silver Anniversary

A summary of last week's events in Seattle: CNU 25 and ULI, written by Hazel Borys.

May 10, 2017 - PlaceShakers

Canada WInter

Goodbye, Winter: Until Next Time, a Few Reminders on Lovable Winter Cities

While winter cities may spend most of their brand management on showcasing regional winter amenities, the greatest winter cities provide delight on the neighborhood scale.

March 29, 2017 - PlaceShakers


Codes Study: Trends in Zoning Reform

The Codes Study is updated! These are the cities that are rewriting their land use laws to promote wellness, economic strength, and environmental resilience.

February 16, 2017 - PlaceShakers

Extracting the DNA of the Most Loved Places

The first step of character-based zoning is extracting local DNA. Hazel Borys reviews Tucson's highlights for Sonoran Desert inspiration.

November 22, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Inclusive Cities: Inclusion Equals Diversity Plus Equity

Hazel Borys sharing ideas from thought leaders on inclusion and indigeneity.

August 31, 2016 - PlaceShakers


Summer Fun: Pokémon GO and Minecraft for Young Urbanists

Do video games have anything to teach kids? Hazel Borys says yes, in moderation.

August 4, 2016 - PlaceShakers

A Summary of CNU24 Detroit

Miss the Congress for the New Urbanism in Detroit? Hazel Borys shares some highlights, with help from Twitter urbanists.

July 8, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Ivy Covered Green Building

Green Cities: Breathe Deeply and Walk Freely

Greening the city extends our life and increases our quality of life.

April 26, 2016 - PlaceShakers

The Codes Study Is Updated

618 form-based codes made it on the latest Codes Study. The authors are requesting your additions to the update.

March 30, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Retail: Walkable Urban Primer with Southwestern Inspiration

Need some pointers on how to make downtown retail sing? Check out Hazel Borys' crib notes on Bob Gibbs' directions.

March 8, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Charrette: A Social Innovation Lab

When charrettes and public design workshops reach their most inclusive and transparent forms, do they become social innovation labs? Hazel Borys thinks so.

January 27, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Plymouth Avenue Bridge

Walkable Winter Cities: Feasibility While Freezing

"It's too cold to walk here" is often the response to the subject of livability in northern climes. Hazel Borys hails from the third coldest city of its size on earth and talks walkable winter cities.

January 6, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Coding for Character: Doing Away With the Zoned Out Nature of Cities

What's keeping the historic parts of your city or town from staying up-to-date and well-loved? Usually, the laws.

October 6, 2015 - PlaceShakers

Heart of the Arctic: Reflections

Even remote nature reinforces the need for compact settlement patterns.

August 17, 2015 - PlaceShakers

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.