Form- Based Codes – a catalyst for successful Transit Oriented Development

Good codes are basic guidelines through which great communities are created. Unlike conventional zoning which emphasizes more on types of land uses and segregating different land uses to different zoning districts, form based zoning, insists basically on the form of built environment. Form based codes as defined by a group of practitioners who are advancing …

What lies ahead for the nation’s crumbling inland waterways and marine ports?

The United States (U.S.) has more than 300 commercial marine ports, 12,000 miles of inland and intracoastal waterways and more than 566 million tons move through the inland transportation system annually. A recent report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) indicated that, to accommodate the anticipated growth in trade and domestic waterborne …

What is the even-handed approach to environmental protection and economic development? Save the Catskill Mountains!

New York’s Catskill Region with its thick forest and heroic mountains, including 600,000 acres Catskill Park, lies west of the Hudson River. Legendary mountains, winding valleys and streams are always a heaven for nature lovers, adventurers and tourists. Belleayre Mountain, renowned for its skiing activities lies in the heart of Catskills Forest Preserve. Ulster, Sullivan, Delaware …

Can Aruba, the most beautiful and happy island have a sustainable development?

Is the clichéd saying, ‘Aruba is a perfect getaway’ lacking a vital spark?  Aruba is a beautiful Caribbean island about 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It is just 20 miles long and six miles wide. The population is around 100,000, with 33,000 residing in the capital city, Oranjestad. The Arawak tribes first inhabited …

Effective use of frequently evaded urban space

It is a prevailing opinion that the ancient rule of cookie-cutter mall development is dying and developers are starting to think of new design concepts. While redeveloping the extinct malls is a whole different chapter and daunting challenge, what do we do with the existing widespread surface parking lots of the perishing malls? For years …

Do Olympic Games boost the economy of the city? Is it ingenious for the host city to consider only the long-term benefits?

Redevelopment efforts are bustling in Stratford district, London, preparing the city to host its Olympic Games in July 2012. The $15 billion effort targets the development of Olympic Park and long term change of East London. The city after winning the bid to host the games, passed the compulsory purchase orders (CPO) to nearly 300 …

Are street fairs having nothing to do with neighborhoods anymore? What has to be done to make it more interesting to manifest the unique features of the communities?

Urban street fairs and festivals are public indication of the character and uniqueness of the community. They are important commercial activity and  most ardent way of enticing people to use the public space. Street fairs, which once created lively gathering spaces, now offer less heterogeneous collections and are not favorable for local vendors to participate. In …

What Makes A Good Neighborhood?

Why do people set apart some places as “Great place to live in”? What are the distinctive features of a good neighborhood? There are innumerable factors to be considered for a place to acquire the title “A Good Neighborhood”. Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), New Urbanism and Smart Growth design theories are recurrently heard terms and is …