Planning

HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson July 23, 2015

I am in the process of retrofitting the foundation plantings for the Spring Creek Townhome Association in Colorado Springs.  The original landscape designer or landscape architect had specified plant material that did not fit the space it was given.  This is a common mistake with […]

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Landscape Urbanism: A Critique from a CNU Cardholder and Landscape Architect

by John W. Olson July 1, 2015

  Landscape Urbanism sounds like a great name that really meshes together a lot of what I believe in and do as a professional.  Landscape Urbanism is rapidly growing in popularity and I suspect this will continue as the CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) […]

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Urban Street Tree Well

by John W. Olson June 16, 2015
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The urban landscape can be a complicated environment for a successful landscape. Variables of vegetation forms, types, tolerances and aesthetics must be carefully calibrated for a successful streetscape. Also important is how the landscape can assist in storm water drainage management. We practice with a […]

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City Planner Humor – Planners Pointing

by Sean O'Hara June 1, 2015
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  Last night my wife and I had dinner with friends from graduate school at Georgia Tech. Three of them were in the city planning program with my wife Stephanie (my architecture school was just down the hall). I mentioned that as an architect one […]

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Colorado Springs Neighborhood Landscape Master Plan

by John W. Olson May 26, 2015
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We recently completed a Landscape Master Plan in Colorado Springs on the northwest side of town. The Master Plan was in response to increased water costs, maintenance concerns and as a retrofit to trees and vegetation that were inappropriately planted in the 1980′s. The Master […]

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Planning for Housing and Community Development

by evstudio May 6, 2015

This post comes from Stephanie O’Hara, Planner Analyst for EVstudio. Immediately prior to joining EVstudio she worked for Jefferson County, Colorado for 6 years in various planning roles. EVstudio looks for planning opportunities in both the public and private sector: While working at Jefferson County […]

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Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Services Offered By EVstudio

by evstudio April 30, 2015
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In addition to architecture, planning and structural engineering; EVstudio is now offering Civil Engineering and Land Surveying with our licensed team of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (PLS in Colorado). Our services can include: Alta Surveys Annexation Services As-Built Surveys Boundary Surveys Cadastral Surveying […]

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The Dynamic Changes of Apartments

by John W. Olson April 8, 2015
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The Great Recession has changed the development market. I know what you are thinking, ‘no kidding John, that is a massive understatement’. Seriously, when you take a broad perspective of the mind shift that has occurred for the consumers of ‘development’, a ‘given’ market five […]

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Location Efficiency as the Framework of Activity Centers

by John W. Olson March 28, 2015

The convenience factor, or Location Efficiency, is often a forgotten component of development in a society that has become increasingly automobile dependent. Development occurs with the assumption that people drive and will always get in a vehicle.  Location efficiency can be defined as the ability to access […]

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Incorporating Religious and Institutional Uses into Neighborhoods

by John W. Olson March 10, 2015

In all neighborhoods, it is important to include a variety, or mixture, of land use opportunities. Religious institutions provide many great opportunities for a neighborhood. The most obvious asset provided is the accessibility and convenience of getting to and from the use. A religious institution […]

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Experience Urbanism at a Reasonable Pace

by Sean O'Hara March 4, 2015

It is spring in Denver and its harder than ever to want to stay inside. People are running, riding bikes, driving their convertibles, fixing the lawn and eating on the patio at El Noa Noa. Denver is sunny year round, but the spring is especially […]

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Inverse Relationship of Level of Service and Pedestrian Propulsion

by John W. Olson February 12, 2015
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Discussions of one-way streets are commonplace in planning circles in the United States. They usually arise with the best of intentions for a community as transportation planning usually does.  See Strong Towns Blog Post: Paved with Good Intentions for more information. In some instances, they are […]

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