Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form Lecture
Numerous surveys show that more Americans are unhappy with the long distances they must drive to reach daily destinations. Compact, mixed-use, transit-accessible and above all, walkable urban neighorhoods have become desirable. In the richly illustrated new book Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, landscape architect, urban designer, and photographer Julie Campoli identifies the essential characteristics of these environments, based on extensive research on urban form and travel behavior. In 12 case studies ranging from LoDo in Denver to the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, Campoli has identified six qualities that ensure walkability: connections, urban tissue (the web of property lines and rights-of-way), population and housing density, services, streetscape, and green networks. The work builds on the widely accepted "five D's and a P" formula -- diversity of land uses, density, design, distance to transit, destination accessibility, and parking. Understanding the components of successful neighborhoods, and how they fit together, will be critical to accommodate demographic change in the marketplace, concern about high energy prices and climate change, and the quest for a better quality of life.
Julie Campoli is an urban designer and coauthor of Visualizing Density, (Lincoln Institute, 2007) and Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas. In her practice as well as her writing, she combines a planner's perspective and a designer's sensibility to illustrate the built environment and the processes that shape it. Her research on land settlement patterns has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She was a 2010 Harvard University Loeb Fellow. Her design practice, Terra Firma Urban Design, is based in Burlington, Vermont.
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