Tag Archives: development

Detroit’s Capitol Park: History lost in sterile design

Addressing the urban blight of Detroit raises so many issues that it’s probably best left for someone’s thesis. Although I’m sure the city has been trying everything it can to bring people back to its urban core for quite some time, the last decade or so has given room for some serious redevelopment, and for the […]

Perseverance: David and the Developer

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt This story begins with an all too familiar ring: A developer has plans to build something grand, buys out all the homes, and a community disappears. Back in 2004, down in the southwestern corner of China, […]

Plaza del Milenio

Plaza del Milenio lies at an important intersection of two rivers, Esgueva and Pisuerga in Valladolid, Spain. The site is composed of an underground car park, a pavilion for cultural events, a public square and an environmental reserve. Each component was designed by different teams. EXP Architects designed the public square to redevelop the riverfront and reconnect with the historic district.

Parking lots or History? The case for Preservation in America

Significant places from our past are often valued as being reminders of the good ol’ days, nostalgia, sentimental and heart warming. They are places where we once lived, where we once learned, or even where we had our first kiss. Whatever the occasion, what may seem to be an ordinary place for one person, could […]

Where Sky meets the Land…

Florida is no stranger to New Urbanism experiments and communities. In the 1980’s the very first New Urbanism community was designed and built for the Redneck Riviera or better known as the Panhandle of Florida, called Seaside. Many others have been built since then including Rosemary Beach, Watercolor, Harmony, Celebration, which was built by Disney, […]