Image: urban design at different scales (Deicke Richards). You can see how urban design is drawn (and works) – from the sub-regional down to the block.
The Place Qualities we appreciate rely on planning and design outcomes at a whole continuum of scale from the building, street and the neighbourhood all the way through to the city and region. We call these ‘Place Typologies’.
Many reading this site will associate these outcomes with good (but possibly neglected) principles of town planning. As Jarvis (1992) reminds us "without design, planning is all talk; without planning, design is arrogance."
Place Typology E-Workbook
We offer a Place Typology E-Workbook as part of our E-Learning series. The workbook provides a bite sized chunk of interactive urban design and placemaking learning and has a range of information, references and links which you can read at your leisure.
Each workbook in the E-learning series includes an assessment which is interactive with our website and tests your understanding through a mix of content and reflective questions. This preview shows the style and layout, table of contents and reflective questions. You can purchase this E-Workbook, or any of the others from the series, from our shop.
Available in PPT on slideshare - Place Typology
Vision California is a more recent example of Calthorpe’s approach to regional planning.
The alternative futures produced in Vision California will not just be a collection of goals, policies, maps, or pictures – they will be quantitatively assessed to show how varying land use and infrastructure investments can meet state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as related objectives for open space and farmland preservation, community health, mobility, housing affordability, energy and water use, and more. It is this unique combination of alternatives and the quantification of their impacts that can lead to more informed and strategic decisions about the future of our state. By clearly defining the critical consequences of various growth options, it will enable informed policy decisions to be made about how to shape the California's growth.