Peter Calthorpe's New Book.

“I take it as a given that climate change is an imminent threat and potentially catastrophic,” Peter Calthorpe declares in the first sentence of the first chapter of this short and direct book. “The science is now clear that we are day by day contributing to our own demise.”

PrairieStar Solar Farm.

A 4-megawatt resident-owned solar farm is progressing that will allow the PrairieStar village center neighborhood in Berthoud, CO to become a net-zero community. Besides the resident-owned solar farm, PrairieStar's plans also call for a 7-acre community garden and an irrigation system using nonpotable water.

Vision CA: Health Benefits.

Using Vision California data produced by HDR | | Calthorpe, the American Lung Association in California released new data this month showing significant public health benefits from pursuing a smart growth future for California. The American Lung Association data shows health benefits, including reduced asthma attacks and premature deaths linked to the Vision California “mixed growth” and “growing smart” scenarios in 2035 that include more compact, sustainable development patterns.

Critique of TRB SR 298.

 As a part of the Vision California project, HDR | | Calthorpe has released a close examination of the results of the 2009 study released by the National Research Council of Special Report 298 - Driving and the Built Environment: The Effect of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use and CO2 Emissions.

Vision California.

HDR | Calthorpe Associates is leading Vision California, an unprecedented effort funded by the California High Speed Rail Authority to explore the critical role of land use and transportation investments in meeting the environmental and fiscal challenges facing the state over the coming decades. It will produce a series of alternative physical visions for how California can accommodate expected growth, and clearly express the consequences of these options. The results will inform decisions about the investments and policies that will drive the state's growth.

HDR | | Calthorpe wins EBBC's Bike-Friendly Business Award

42 nominations, 3 winning companies, and lots of accolades to the East Bay's bike-friendly business community

by Terri Saul (from the EBBC website

HDR | Calthorpe Presents to High-Speed Rail Authority

On March 4th, 2010, Peter Calthorpe presented initial statewide scenarios and model results from the Vision California project at the monthly California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) Board Meeting.  Lead by HDR | | Calthorpe, Vision California is a joint effort of the HSRA and the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) that explores the critical role of land use and transportation investments in meeting the environmental and fiscal challenges facing California over the coming decades.

How Slums Can Save the Planet

In 1983, architect Peter Calthorpe gave up on San Francisco, where he had tried and failed to organise neighbourhood communities, and moved to a houseboat in Sausalito, a town on the San Francisco Bay. He ended up on South 40 Dock, where I also live, part of a community of 400 houseboats and a place with the densest housing in California. Without trying, it was an intense, proud community, in which no one locked their doors. HDR | Calthorpe looked for the element of design magic that made it work, and concluded it was the dock itself and the density.

SF Chronicle: State Exploring Detailed Strategy for Growth

With little fanfare and a modest budget, work has begun that could lead to something California has never had - an explicit government vision for how and where the state should grow.

The official action is modest, a $2.5 million contract to devise a set of detailed growth scenarios for California, from classic suburban sprawl to compact development focused on older cities. The goal is to produce a single "preferred scenario" - one that conceivably could be used to prod local governments to accept or reject new construction.

Instant Urbanism: Citified suburbs becoming new model for the Bay Area

Buildings as high as five stories hug the sidewalk, most cloaked in dignified stone but some in crisp modern glass. A movie marquee jabs up like a needle across from a plaza that has a skating rink in winter and a busy pub year-round.

Upstairs are offices, or apartments, or condominiums. And while the shops are the usual suspects -- Baby Gap at one end, Victoria's Secret at another -- art studios are tucked around the corner.