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Aascot Holt

Aascot Holt's Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

by Aascot Holt

This is my 54th post in my 63 weeks with Global Site Plans’ The GRID. It has been worth every paragraph, edit, photograph, and late night.My post about the potential for coal trains to run through downtown Spokane,... Read article

Education, Next Gen, and Documents That Suck: Exclusive Post-CNU21 Interview With Brian Wright of TPUDC

by Aascot Holt

Brian Wright, TPUDCCLICK HERE FOR AUDIO PODCAST This is a transcription of the downloadable audio interview, available here. Hello and welcome to Global Site Plans’ exclusive interview with Brian Wright. I’m Aasc... Read article

The Importance of Downtown Library Branches

by Aascot Holt

In the urban planning field, downtowns seem to be either portrayed as prolific new urbanist havens, or gritty, dilapidated messes that fail to breathe life into their communities. This time round, the latter perspectiv... Read article

Why We're Broke: Closing Plenary at the Congress for the New Urbanism's CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Charles (Chuck) Marohne, Strong Towns Chuck Marohne, Executive Director of Strong Towns, said that the mechanisms of growth we have become accustomed to are waning. Local governments are forced to absorb the costs of ... Read article

Cell Phone Tracking Data Sold in Hopes for Better Decision Making: Transportation’s Future with Technology at The Congress of the New Urbanism's CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Rob Milam, Fehr & Peers Ron Milam, Principal-In-Charge of Technical Development at Fehr & Peers, discussed the effect of big data on transportation planning and engineering. He began by lending us some perspe... Read article

Guerrilla Planning From the Bottom Up: Tactical Urbanism at the Congress for the New Urbanism's CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Mike Lydon, The Street Plans Collaborative Mike Lydon, Principal at The Street Plans Collaborative, opened the session with, “It’s time to redesign the project delivery process… to make urbanism legal again.” He sugg... Read article

Crowdsourcing the Evolution of an Industrial Neighborhood: The Granary District’s Journey at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

by Aascot Holt

James Alfandre, Kentlands Initiative James Alfandre, Executive Director at the Kentlands Initiative, opened the session by defining crowdsourcing. He thinks of crowdsourcing as an “open call to an undefined group of p... Read article

Placemaking Through Civic Retail: Public and Farmers’ Markets at the Congress for the New Urbanism's CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Rob Spanier, LiveWorkLearnPlay Rob Spanier, Partner and Principal of LiveWorkLearnPlay, began with the analogy that planning is the hardware, and activation is the software. He said that there are ways to activate a c... Read article

Asia’s Sprawling, High Density Future: Exporting New Urbanism to Developing Countries at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Dan Solomon, Mithun | Solomon Dan Solomon, CNU co-founder, author, and Principal at Mithun | Solomon, opened the session by saying that in the context of new urbanism concepts being introduced to developing countries,... Read article

Bring Industrial Uses Back to the Urban Core: Job-Oriented Development at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Jennifer Griffin, a Visiting Assistant Research Professor of Notre Dame, opened the session by discussing the “workshop neighborhood.” She argued that various light- and medium-industrial uses also have a place in neighb... Read article

Book Previews: Sprawl Retrofitting at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Robert Pittman, artist and author, opened by presenting his new book, Anonymization, for the first time in the United States. He defined sprawl as “anonymous development” due to the alienation one feels when in a sprawl... Read article

Sarah Susanka’s Not So Big Plenary: A Summary of the Friday Morning Plenary at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Sarah Susanka has written nine books for her best-selling “Not So Big” series. During her plenary presentation, she emphasized the individual’s need to be the change they wish to see in the world. She agreed to design a... Read article

Collaborative Consumption is Quickly Gaining Ground: The New Economy of Sharing at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

by Aascot Holt

Lee Sobel, a Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, opened with a defining aspect of a shared economy: “access trumps ownership.” Goo... Read article

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