SmartCode

The Plaza: What Makes a Community Living Room?

The Plaza can behave as the community living room. Why is this so hard to get right in post-WWII U.S.?

June 3, 2015 - PlaceShakers

El Paso Approves Second 'SmartCode' Development

The El Paso City Council approved a $100 million SmartCode development.

December 3, 2014 - El Paso Times

Berlin Playborhood

Berliner Kinder: Berlin and its 'Playborhoods'

Are you thinking about playborhoods, playsheds, and free-range kids? Berlin's Kolle 37 hits it out of the park. Literally.

November 14, 2014 - PlaceShakers

Artisan Manufacturing Mixes Uses with Residential

Looking to integrate artisan manufacturing into a residential neighborhood? Berlin examples provide a few pointers, via Hazel Borys.

November 7, 2014 - PlaceShakers

Walkability, But Hold the Red Tape

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.

August 16, 2013 - Better! Cities & Towns

London’s Lived-In Look

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!

June 18, 2013 - PlaceShakers

Ways to Fail at Form-Based Codes 04: Don’t Capture the Character

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.

May 17, 2013 - PlaceShakers

Ways to Fail at Form-Based Codes 03: Misapply the Transect

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.

May 3, 2013 - PlaceShakers

Ways to Fail at Form-Based Codes 02: Make it Mandatory Citywide

Ambition is good, but don't bite off more than you can chew. Hazel Borys applies this valuable lesson to form-based codes.

April 23, 2013 - PlaceShakers

Picture It: Coding for Character

Get lost in the details when explaining zoning reform? Hazel Borys puts forth a pictorial review that helps.

October 13, 2012 - PlaceShakers

What Drives People?

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."

June 5, 2012 - PlaceShakers

Building Typology as One Solution to Visualizing and Embracing Density

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.

June 1, 2012 - PlaceShakers

Rules for Planning Successful Retail Developments

Hazel Borys discusses how several key form-based guidelines for retail can encourage success in the most risky of all development types.

December 24, 2011 - PlaceShakers

Reintroducing Industry to the City

Industrial uses have long been banished to the edges -- but recently savvy cities are seeing the value of making them walkable again.

September 20, 2011 - PlaceShakers

Urban Village Rising in El Paso

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.

September 14, 2011 - El Paso Inc.

Religion and Neighborliness

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.

October 9, 2010 - PlaceShakers

It Takes A Village, But Walmart Won't Bite

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.

December 10, 2009 - New Urban News website

Critics May Miss The Green Point of the SmartCode

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.

January 11, 2009 - Sandy Sorlien

Buffalo Adopting SmartCode

Commissioner of Economic Development Brian Reilly makes the case to overhaul the city's 1951 zoning ordinance to a form-based SmartCode.

December 26, 2008 - Buffalo News

Rewiring America's 'Energy Crisis'

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.”

August 17, 2008 - Mike Lydon

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