The Rocky Mountain Land Library

by Anna Chmel 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 John W. Olson 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 Peter Gozar 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 John W. Olson 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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Site Study Renderings

by Kayla Harmon February 5, 2016
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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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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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