Same Feature, Different Result: Context-Specific Success or Failure of Urban Design Strategies

APA Ohio Miami Valley Section


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

Invited Speaker

Tyler Middendorf is a self-proclaimed ambassador of his native home, St. Louis. Fascinated by the city’s history and complexity as well as its awkward patterns of development, he began his studies in architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then later earned his Master of Architecture and Master ... Read More

Megan Mitchell

Invited Speaker

Megan Mitchell grew up in Pittsburgh, where the historic character of the East Coast meets the industrial grit of the Midwest. She has always been fascinated by the way people inhabit and interact with their environments—in the smallest, most intimate room in a building, the most vibrant of public ... Read More

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