New Urbanism

Sustainable Communities Should Consider Car Sharing

by Dean Dalvit March 27, 2018

It’s not a new idea, but it’s an idea whose time has come. In our urban environments, it is getting increasingly more difficult, not to mention expensive, to own a car. In cities such as New York and Boston, people have left their vehicles long […]

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The Neighborhood Unit: How Does Perry's Concept Apply to Modern Day Planning?

by EVstudio AEP January 11, 2018

False interpretations of Perry’s concept have conceived segregation of land uses, further validating the modern-day road classification system and unfortunately created an auto-centric society in today’s first ring and outward suburban communities.

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio November 30, 2017

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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Incorporating Religious and Institutional Uses into Neighborhoods

by EVstudio AEP May 19, 2017

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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Q&A

by evstudio January 6, 2017

One of our primary goals in writing the EVstudio blog is to answer your questions about EVstudio and your larger questions about architecture, planning, development, construction, new urbanism, real estate, Denver issues, Colorado issues, AIA issues etc. Please let us know any questions or issues […]

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

by EVstudio AEP 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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The Front Porch and What Makes it Functional?

by EVstudio AEP August 23, 2013

Front Porch: “an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.” (Definition from Dictionary.com) Front porches are often installed on homes, but many are not used. Some porches are simply appendages of a home to give the traditional appearance […]

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EVstudio Announces Merger with Olson Planning and Urban Landscapes

by Dean Dalvit January 10, 2012

EVstudio is pleased to announce our merger with Olson Planning and Urban Landscapes. Olson Planning & Urban Landscapes is a Landscape Architecture and Planning firm in Colorado Springs. Specializing in urban streetscapes, neo-traditional neighborhood design, landscape retrofits, redevelopment, comprehensive plans and code updates, Olson Planning […]

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2009 Code Update: Live / Work Units

by evstudio March 7, 2011

Typically, structures built for commercial use must conform to the International Building Code (IBC). Residential structures (single family homes, duplexes and townhomes) must conform to a similar, but separate set of standards, the International Residential Code (IRC). Prior to the 2009 I-codes, using a residential […]

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Potential LEED-ND Candidates in Colorado

by EVstudio AEP December 26, 2010

In a partnership with the Colorado chapters of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), I recently identified developed neighborhoods that may qualify for LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND).  LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental […]

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Spring Creek – A Neo-Traditional Neighborhood in Colorado Springs

by EVstudio AEP December 23, 2010

The City of Colorado Springs includes three neo-traditional neighborhood developments (TND’s) to date: Spring Creek; Lowell; and Gold Hill Mesa.  A driving factor in incorporating new urbanism in Colorado Springs was the creation of Colorado Springs’ TND zoning overlay (Part 1; Part 2), which is […]

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Sustainability Bike Tour in Colorado Springs: An Article from The Colorado Urbanist

by EVstudio AEP December 22, 2010

The following article on a Colorado Springs Sustainability Tour was written for the Colorado Urbanist Journal from CNU Colorado, an organization advocating new urbanism and smart growth principles in Colorado. EVstudio’s Sean O’Hara serves as the Vice Chair for CNU Colorado and EVstudio’s John Olson serves as the Treasurer.

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