May 17, 2012 · 12:01 am
Having worked in communities big and small across the continent, we’ve had ample opportunity to test ideas and find approaches that work best. Urban design details. Outreach tactics. Implementation tricks. Many of these lessons are transferable, which is why we’ve created “Back of the Envelope,” a weekly feature where we jot ’em down for your consideration.
For those looking to expand public engagement and collaborative process at the community level, this week presents a curious convergence of news and ideas. Setting the stage was CNU20’s “Charrettes and the Next Generation of Public Involvement,” an afternoon breakout session exploring a fairly provocative (for New Urbanists) question: In this era of limited resources, is the traditional charrette still a viable model of engagement and collaborative design and, if not, can it be retooled for relevance?
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Filed under Back of the Envelope, Public Engagement, Sales and Marketing
Tagged as Andres Duany, charrette, CNU 20, Eliza Harris, Facebook ads, Generation Y, Gianni Longo, Millennials, Public Engagement, public process, Scott Doyon, Tactical Urbanism
May 13, 2011 · 1:21 pm
“In a world where the peddlers of invention dominate progressive discourse, a willingness to acknowledge–let alone heed–the lessons of history and tradition is a truly radical act.” –Scott Doyon
Check the wiki-hip Urban Dictionary (or watch an episode of Community on NBC) and you’ll find the term meta’s common usage on the street is “to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.” Consult a more conventional dictionary and you’ll see this derived from its earlier (as well as current) use as a prefix meaning “beyond, about.” That is, taking a subject to a higher level.
As a stand-alone term now, it’s typically applied to works of culture — television, music, film and art. But I suggest we expand that usage because, to me, it’s also the best means of expressing the challenge facing anyone concerned about our urban future.
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Filed under Planning and Design, Public Policy
Tagged as Aurash Khawarzad, AuthentiCity, Charles Marohn, CNU 19, CNU NextGen, community, Dan Bartman, Generation Y, meta, Mike Lydon, Next Generation of New Urbanists, Original Green, planning, Ronald Woudstra, Scott Doyon, steve mouzon, Strong Towns, Tactical Urbanism, urban planning