Planning

Surveys and site layouts

by Sean O'Hara June 10, 2016

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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Location Efficiency as the Framework of Activity Centers

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

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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Neighborhood Retail: BlogOff from The New Urbanism

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

This past month, I was invited to post to a BlogOff regarding Urban Retail from the author of The Original Green, Steve Mouzon. Follow the links below to see ensuing discussion about Neighborhood Retail: Original Green: The Necessity of Hope PlaceShakers: Retail: When it bends […]

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Land Entitlements and Redevelopment Options for Golf Courses

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

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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The Five Minute Walk: Calibrated to the Pedestrian

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 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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The Village Green: Size Matters

by EVstudio AEP June 10, 2016

The Village Green is a coveted feature of Traditional Neighborhoods, both Old and New. It is, however, a neighborhood element that requires careful calibration, like many other features of a successful neighborhood. As an Urban Enthusiast (or Urbanist) and Landscape Architect, I occasionally find myself […]

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When Should You Contact an Architect? What Phases of Your Project Can an Architect Help With?

by Sean O'Hara June 3, 2016

There is a common conception that the architect is the person you contact when you need plans for your project. That is only partially correct. In addition to your plans, a good architect can help you with many of the other phases of your project. […]

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The Rocky Mountain Land Library

by evstudio April 22, 2016
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Nestled in a mountain valley on Colorado Hwy 9, alongside the snaking South Platte River, sits Buffalo Peaks Ranch. Until 2015, the ranch sat dormant for nearly twenty years. The ranch is everything you could hope for in a perfectly-aged, history-drenched mountain property — it embodies […]

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A Bicycle City Requires Bicycle Infrastructure

by EVstudio AEP April 8, 2016

Many communities are not currently structured to support everyday cycling.  However, in a lot of instances it can be as simple as evaluating the importance of vehicular lane width and the approach of just adding paint.  Cities along the Front Range of Colorado have bicycle-friendly […]

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Denver’s Historic Pride – The Equitable Building

by EVstudio AEP March 25, 2016
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Equitable Building – Stout St and 17th St. Built in 1911, Denver’s Equitable Building was designed by Boston architects, Andrews, Jacques and Rantoul.  Planned to maximize light into offices, the floor plan is two ‘E’s back to back.  The nine story building is constructed of […]

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City Planner Humor – Planners Pointing

by Sean O'Hara February 19, 2016
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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 EVstudio AEP February 5, 2016
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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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