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In a partnership with the Colorado chapters of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), I recently identified developed neighborhoods that may qualify for LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design with multiple rating systems including the most popular New [...]
The City of Colorado Springs includes three neo-traditional neighborhood developments (TND’s) to date: Spring Creek; Lowell; and Gold Hill Mesa. A driving factor in incorporating new urbanism in Colorado Springs was the creation of Colorado Springs’ TND zoning overlay (Part 1; Part 2), which is guided by a document of standards, policies and guidelines. The [...]
The following article on a Colorado Springs Sustainability Tour was written for the Colorado Urbanist Journal from CNU Colorado, an organization advocating new urbanism and smart growth principles in Colorado. EVstudio’s Sean O’Hara serves as the Vice Chair for CNU Colorado and EVstudio’s John Olson serves as the Treasurer.
False interpretations of Perry’s concept have conceived segregation of land uses, further validating the modern-day road classification system and unfortunately created an auto-centric society in today’s first ring and outward suburban communities.
At South Main, the image to the right shows a light imprint tool that provides a hard surface path from the street to the sidewalk. By using stone ,rather than concrete, rainwater can replenish the ground water instead of becoming stormwater. Stone pathways achieve the greatest level of sustainability when local stone is used. This [...]
In all neighborhoods, it is important to include a variety, or mixture, of land use opportunities. Religious institutions provide many great opportunities for a neighborhood. The most obvious asset provided is the accessibility and convenience of getting to and from the use. A religious institution incorporated into the framework of a neighborhood provides the option [...]
Front Porch: “an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.” (Definition from Dictionary.com) Front porches are often installed on homes, but many are not used. Some porches are simply appendages of a home to give the traditional appearance to a home, but virtually unusable if a homeowner had [...]