Planning

The Five Minute Walk: Calibrated to the Pedestrian

by John W. Olson February 5, 2016

The Five-Minute Walk is a standard that is best described as the average distance that a pedestrian is willing to walk before opting to drive. The unit of measurement is commonplace in the planning profession and is often represented by a radius measuring ¼ of a mile.

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Denver Really is a Great City for Architects

by Sean O'Hara January 6, 2016
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One of the highlights in my recent trip to Atlanta was a chance to talk to several professionals and academics about the state of architecture in Atlanta. Listening to their worries gave me a real sense of appreciation for the prospects that architects face in […]

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

by John W. Olson January 4, 2016

  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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Surveys and site layouts

by Sean O'Hara December 31, 2015

One of the first steps in a building design is analyzing the existing site to understand its opportunities and its challenges. This necessitates having a survey of the site. Therefore I will usually suggest that clients get a survey immediately after our first meeting. Once […]

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Complimentary Density Study and Initial Design Consultation

by Dean Dalvit December 2, 2015
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As a value added service to all of our clients, past, present and future, EVstudio offers a complementary Density Study and Design Consultation  for potential development sites.  We do this in order to learn about the project objectives and understand the site and the scope […]

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Incorporating Religious and Institutional Uses into Neighborhoods

by John W. Olson November 4, 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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Land Entitlements and Redevelopment Options for Golf Courses

by John W. Olson November 3, 2015

Recently, I faced an issue that I see becoming a common issue as the golf industry continues to decline and the costs and availability of water continues to decrease.  That issue is what to do with the excess number of golf courses that our country […]

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CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Initiatives

by Sean O'Hara October 1, 2015

I recently was part of a conversation with the Congress for the New Urbanism’s President, John Norquist, about the proposed changes to the elevated section of I-70 in Denver. He pointed us to the CNU Highways to Boulevards Initiative website. There are several great examples […]

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How to Avoid Master Plans that Collect Dust – Public Participation

by John W. Olson October 1, 2015

Too often, written documents, or master plans tend to accumulate dust without being implemented.  This can be a very frustrating process for the both the governing entity who commissions the master plan process and for the consultant who writes the master plan.  I have noted […]

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Site Study Renderings

by Kayla Harmon September 26, 2015
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For this site study, our client asked to have renderings of different design scenarios that he could use to show members of the community.  These renderings would have to show the neighbors living around the site what the development would look like completed. This would […]

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Denver to Soon Join Austin With Launch of Zonability

by Dean Dalvit August 3, 2015
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On August 1st, Zonability will be launched in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland. What is Zonability? It is a program, hosted by First American Title, that provides zoning information to the general public…in layman’s terms! So instead of trying to de-code strings of cryptic […]

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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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