New Book Released

Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond, edited by Tigran Haas and featuring a new article, Urbanism and Climate Change by Peter Calthorpe, has been published by Rizzoli and released worlwide.

NRDC in support of HSR

Kaid Benfield references Peter Calthorpe's recent Op-Ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, which made a strong case in support of the development of High Speed Rail in California. Kaid adds his own personal anecdotes in support of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and High Speed Rail, and references recent research that shows that TOD reduces driving among residents.

Peter's HSR Op-Ed

In a piece published in the Open Forum on the San Francisco Chronicle's Op-Ed page, Peter Calthorpe makes the argument that: "Today, our country desperately needs new infrastructure development that will create jobs and economic growth while updating the American Dream and ensuring its environmental future. The answer is high-speed rail."

Peter at US HSR Conf.

At the New York conference of the US High Speed Rail Association held on November 8th 2011, Peter Calthorpe explained the importance of changing the way we design our communities in response to a paradigm shift in lifestyle needs. Increasingly, the need is to provide communities with choices in the form of diverse housing stock, affordable transit and a healthier way of life. High speed rail and transit infrastructure provides the neccessary groundwork for a network of land use patterns that help in achieving these goals.

ATCN Wins EPA Award

The Silver Gardens Apartments building was developed by Romero-Rose (an affiliate of Jonathan Rose Companies) with the goal of providing a model of green, mixed income, affordable housing to revitalize downtown Albuquerque. The challenge was to serve the widest tenant income mix possible, from market rate to low-income and formerly homeless tenants. The outcome was a LEED Platinum certified project now fully operational and 100% leased, providing on-site social support services.

SEGA & the Rural Edge

"Forget large-lot, single-family, cul-de-sac subdivisions accessed by traffic arteries lined with fast-food and big-box outlets. Future development would be densely clustered or channeled into towns and villages on sites less valuable for farming and conservation or where infrastructure already exists. Besides homes, these growth centers would include shops, workplaces, schools, pedestrian amenities and transit. This kind of development, known as new urbanism, is already increasingly familiar. What’s new is its integration with efforts to protect working and natural landscapes."

Tech vs. Green Cities

An interesting idea that takes HDR | Calthorpe's ideas about green urbanism, and asks if they can also be paired with innovative technological fixes:

Cities & Renewables

Peter Calthorpe has long taken the position that redefining the models of growth in America is essential to addressing climate change. He is just as firm in asserting how the principles of New Urbanism, mixed with conservation technologies, can have a major impact in reducing carbon emissions and the demand from traditional, petroleum-based sources, thus easing the transition to a wide range of renewable energy sources.

Peter @ climate one

"It’s a love story gone horribly wrong. Big cars, ever-bigger homes, distant suburbs – all of it kept afloat by cheap oil. If this American arrangement ever made sense, it certainly doesn’t now, Peter Calthorpe told a Climate One audience in San Francisco on May 25."

New Webinar Online

In a new webinar from Smart Growth America, introduced as "Peter HDR | Calthorpe Tells All," his new book "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change" is discussed in detail. "Is your agency or organization looking to start or advance a regional plan? In this latest webinar from the Sustainable Communities Network, award-winning planner Peter Calthorpe shares advice on how to begin, implement and successfully navigate the regional planning process, and ideas about how to leverage regions’ unique qualities to meet fiscal goals, land use challenges and transportation needs."