The Urban Design Advisory Group in November of 2004 and related “on and off line” efforts to create real change began in early 2007. It led to the development of a large affordable housing effort for a very unusual site in the Bronx that was very successful.  The assessment will begin in 2018, sort of after ten years, what are the new problems created by solving an old one.

You may also request full access to develop posts and pages on this now personal blog or support links to urban design sites to encourage other discussions or project development work using “workshop” and cloud computing. The following five objectives remain personal to me albeit, occasionally.

Course of Action: Public Place/Public Process

If criticism is a method that gets to the truth then so be it. But, when it does not, then what? (See Criticism.) The Urban Design Discussion group put together a “Public Place Public Process” to get started on the question of engagement methods.  After all, criticism begins and ends with a public that is by many accounts in a coma.  This link opens up a 40 page summary of submissions to an Urban Design Committee  It is a PowerPoint (2.4M pdf):

San Antonio Presentation

The Urban Design discussion combines the thinking of professional planners, designers and architects to accomplish one thing – to move social and environmental equity forward on the nation’s list of priorities.  The solution to the global challenge is urban.

50 Projects:

image001.jpgIn 2006, fifty projects identified by New York Magazine (NYM) offered a start by scrunching some of the worlds best architects into a group to stimulate the minds eye. The signatures are clear in the image pictured left. There is coherence as individuality but could an advanced public process improve it as a statement “of community“?The lack of reciprocity between the tightly defined images of the developer’s market research and the experience the public is disconnected.

See “Rolling Process”. The most active areas are:

  1. Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn, 2010 & 2016 (changing) See Sidebar Atlantic Yards (Superblogs)
  2. The New Museum, Chelsea — so now what?  Its done.  Good neighbor?  Bad neighbor?
  3. 80 South Street, Downtown, future (changing) approved in 05…. so now what?
  4. IAC Headquarters, High Line, 2007 (see Wired Discussion) dominated by “art questions” but how about those ceramic pebbles in the glass to save energy)
  5. Silvercup West, Queens, 2009 (changing)
  6. Freedom Tower, Downtown, 2011 (it will on time one of these days) Yea 2015!  and a run up the stairs.
Comment regarding on social, economic and environmental concerns and the public process used in voicing these issues. Comment on or nominate others at will.  Source is New York Magazine:

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