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January 09, 2013

Boston Society of Architects hosts Julie Campoli: Made for Walking

     Landscape architect, urban designer, and photographer Julie Campoli will present on the new book Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form Thursday January 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Boston Society of Architects. The event, including a reception, is part of the Urban Design Lecture Series, to be held at the stunning BSA Space at the corner of Congress Street and the Fort Point Channel in Boston. 
     Made for Walking, published last month, has been getting lots of attention, from Eyes In to this essay at Citiwire. The richly illustrated volume takes urban design to the next level by identifying the essential characteristics of successful urban neighborhoods that provide a better quality of life and a reduced carbon footprint.
      Based on the latest research on urban form and travel behavior, Made for Walking provides new ideas about the role of density and the importance of diverse land uses. Campoli builds on the established formula of "five Ds and a P" -- diversity of land uses, density, design, distance to transit, destination accessibility, and parking. She suggests additional critical themes: connections, urban tissue (the web of property lines and rights-of-way), population and housing density, services, streetscape, and green networks.
     The urban design principles, which build on Jane Jacobs’ work, are illustrated through detailed case studies of 12 urban neighborhoods of approximately 125 acres each—a comfortable pedestrian walk zone:
     • LoDo and the Central Platte Valley, Denver, Colorado
     • Short North, Columbus, Ohio
     • Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia
     • Flamingo Park, Miami Beach, Florida
     • Little Portugal, Toronto, Ontario
     • Eisenhower East, Alexandria, Virginia
     • The Pearl District, Portland, Oregon
     • Downtown and Raynolds Addition, Albuquerque, New Mexico
     • Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
     • Little Italy, San Diego, California
     • Cambridgeport, Cambridge, Massachusetts
     • Old Pasadena, Pasadena, California
     These neighborhoods offer choices: various modes of transportation, diverse housing types, and a variety of things to do and places to shop. Their streets are comfortable, attractive, and safe for biking and walking, and  they all show how compact development can take shape in different regions and climates. 
     Made for Walking builds on the award-winning volumeVisualizing Density (Lincoln Institute, 2007), coauthored with aerial photographer Alex S. MacLean. Julie Campoli is also coauthor of 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 design practice, Terra Firma Urban Design, is based in Burlington, Vermont.

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