Cities: "cutting edge"

 

Tyler Falk, from the blog www.smartplanet.com, interviews Peter Calthorpe about his new book, "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change," to discover "why cities are on the 'cutting edge of environmentalism'". It turns out that, even for city dwellers who don't consciously consider themselves to be environmentalists, just by "living in cities and walkable towns they’re at the cutting edge of environmentalism."

EBA Forums Begin

Calthorpe Associates deployed its Rapid Fire model to produce a series of regional scenarios for the San Francisco Bay Area. Those scenarios and their results are available on an interactive website (www.youchoosebayarea.org), and are the subject of community forums which begin on April 21, 2011. See the Envision Bay Area project page for more information.

Streetsblog Part 5

StreetsblogSF, in their 5-part series featuring Peter Calthorpe's new book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, focuses the fifth installment on Transit: The Greenest Technology. "The most important community-scale system dependent on urbanism is transit. It has long been known that density and transit ridership are linked, but it goes much deeper than that. The key to viable transit systems is not just density but walkability and mixed use—true urban places."

Streesblog Part 4

StreetsblogSF, in their 5-part series featuring Peter Calthorpe's new book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, focuses the fourth installment on Green Urbanism, which is enabled by using all of the tools in the toolbox required to get to the 12% Solution, including urbanism and green technology. "Once demands are reduced by passive urbanism, the next step is to add technology.

Streetsblog Part 3

StreetsblogSF, in their 5-part series featuring Peter Calthorpe's new book, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, focuses the third installment on Urbanism. Specifically, the word "urban" is defining to represent "economic opportunity, culture, vitality, innovation, and community."

Peter Calthorpe wins award

As a recognition of Peter Calthorpe's influential work in developing new approaches to urban development, suburban growth and regional planning, he has been awarded the 'Investors in America' Award for 2010 by Partners for Livable Communities.

China Design is Plan of the Month.

China’s urban population is projected to grow by 300 million in the next 15 years. The form of this urban growth will shape much of the country’s environmental demands and impacts. Transportation now represents 60 percent of the country’s petroleum consumption, and is a fast-growing sector. As the country’s urban patterns reinforce auto use through more freeways, large arterials, and superblocks, walking, biking, and transit are declining.

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