Same Feature, Different Result: Context-Specific Success or Failure of Urban Design Strategies
Friday, December 7, 2018
3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST
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Recent urban design seems to be distilled to a science—the urban designer pulls out her playbook of “best practices”, installs the right pavement, cuts the perfect street section, and magically transforms the city. Based on the first half of our year-long Great Lakes Regional Study, we’ve seen that even the best moves may yield less than fruitful results, especially in smaller cities and towns. Why do some strategies work in one location and fizzle in another? We look at three features and their application in two different locations—one where the strategy seems to have worked, and the other where it did not. We then look to the cities’ contexts and histories to assess why the results differ.
Tyler Middendorf, Middend1@gmail.com