smart growth

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

by EVstudio AEP May 30, 2019

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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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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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 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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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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Low-Impact Development Tool in South Main, a Southern Colorado TND

by EVstudio AEP July 8, 2010

At South Main, the image to the right shows a light imprint tool that provides a hard surface path from the street to the sidewalk.  By using stone ,rather than concrete, rainwater can replenish the ground water instead of becoming stormwater.  Stone pathways achieve the […]

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