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TradArch Charleston

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   Members of the TradArch listserv met in Charleston to confront some of the issues in face-to-face discussions that had embroiled the listserv over the past year or so. Speculation of possible fistfights preceded the event, as the climate had grown increasinly testy. But while there were some tense moments and a bit of shouting, nobody came to blows, as you can see in these videos.

Introductions


   Patrick Webb leads introductions of the Charleston attendees.


Framing


   Bruce Donnelly leads off the Framing session, which is a sometimes-heated group-wide discussion once it moves to an adjacent room.


What is Classicism?


   One of the central questions that stirred much controversy over the past year concerned the nature of classicism. Are the canons of classicism fixed? And if so, are they merely historical relics without currency, or can fixed canons inform design today? Or more radically, is classicism a living and evolving language? There is one particularly heated exchange involving Andrés Duany near the end of this segment. 


Correcting Corbusier


   Andrés Duany takes the crowd through Léon Krier’s fascinating proposition: it is possible to take the work of Le Corbusier, a self-proclaimed mortal enemy of traditional architecture, and transform his designs into architecture on the Classical-Vernacular Spectrum. Duany proposes that this cross-fertilization of a Corbusian parti with classical character can produce patterns unlikely to be approached in any other way.


Heterodoxia Architectonica


   Heterodoxia Architectonica is Andrés Duany’s upcoming treatise that hopes to redefine classical architecture in far broader terms than those by which it is understood to most today.


Living Traditions


   Gibson Worsham looks at the nature of living traditions, and how they are illustrated in the organic growth of cities in many small increments over time.


I'On Visit


   Town Planner Andrés Duany and Town Founder Vince Graham lead a lively discussion with the group through the streets of I’On on the morning after the segments above.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Build Maine

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   These are the speakers and their presentations from the Build Maine conference in Lewiston, Maine on November 6, 2014. Thanks to Build Maine and the Congress for the New Urbanism Maine for allowing us to film and post these videos!


Edward Barrett


This is Lewiston City Administrator Edward Barrett’s welcome message and talk on the current economic conditions of the city and the region.


Kevin Bunker


Kevin Bunker of Developers’ Collaborative discusses the state of development in Maine.


Jeremiah Bartlett


Wow, is this guy ever a surprise and a treat! Jeremiah Bartlett is a municipal transportation engineer from Portland who actually gets it about street width, speed, and many other things. We need more Jeremiah Bartletts in America!


Jeff Speck


Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City, talks about walkability and how to achieve it in this keynote presentation. Jeff really nails the fact that walkability is the key to both social and economic vitality in a city.


Chuck Marohn


Chuck Marohn’s essential Strong Towns presentation lays bare how America has sold its future to sprawl, pushing us to the edge of unthinkable economic consequences.


George Proakis


George Proakis discusses the state of city planning, and some of the recent advances that make for better places.


Steve Mouzon


Here’s my presentation on small scale infill. It builds on the Sprawl Recovery toolkit.


Victor Dover


Victor Dover closes the day with an excellent presentation on community engagement.


Hope you enjoy these! Build Maine is happening again in late May. If you’re in New England, you should go.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Andrés Duany on Lean Urbanism

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   Andrés Duany lays out the principles of Lean Urbanism, with its seven platforms of Lean Building, Lean Development, Lean Business, Lean Green, Lean Regulation, Lean Infrastructure, and Lean Learning, to an audience of architects and planners in Miami. Thanks to the Lean Urbanism Initiative (www.leanurbanism.org) for permission to film and post this video.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU 22 - Kunstler & Fulton

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   Author James Howard Kunstler and San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton take a bracing and electric look at the future of cities.



   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU 22 - The Next American Urbanism

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   The Next American Urbanism session at CNU 22 in Buffalo is a produced by the Next Urbanism group, which sprung out of NextGen. Thanks to the Congress for the New Urbanism for allowing us to film and post these videos!


Russ Preston


   Russ Preston leads off the Next American Urbanism session by laying out the Project for the Next American Urbanism.


Edward Erfurt


   Edward Erfurt proclaims that the suburban experiment is over, and that we need to look back at how America was first built, without debt and with a greater variety of choice.


Karja Hansen


   Karja Hansen discusses the virtue of civicism, how it was lost, and how it can be regained in American culture in part through the networking in the built environment.


Jennifer Krouse


   Jennifer Krouse looks at how the economies of scale upon which we have based urbanism for so long can run counter to cities’ abilities to be agile.


Kerry Hayes


   Kerry Hayes looks at causes of urban fragility today, and how they can grow more agile, based on his work in Memphis.


Kenny Craft


   Kenny Craft documents our decline into “mediocritecture,” and looks at how our built environment might reacquire living traditions again.


Eliza Harris


   Eliza Harris zooms in on the streets and civic spaces that make up most of our civic realm, and shows how we can re-balance them between the people and the cars.


Bruce Donnelly


   Bruce Donnelly’s segment on reason, platforms, and comity is partly prognostication and part goal-setting.


Discussion


   Here’s the discussion between presenters and audience that wrapped up the session.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU 22 - Architectural Composition Techniques

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   These are the speakers and their presentations from the Art Room’s Architectural Composition Techniques session on June 5, 2014 at CNU 22 in Buffalo. Thanks to the Congress for the New Urbanism for allowing us to film and post these videos!


Eric Osth


   Eric Osth lays out elevation composition techniques he uses at Urban Design Associates on commercial and larger residential projects.


Eric Moser


   Eric Moser of the Moser Design Group takes you through design composition methods he uses in the design of residential projects.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU 22 - Atypical Building Types

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   These are the speakers and their presentations from the Atypical Building Types session on June 4, 2014 at CNU 22 in Buffalo. Thanks to the Congress for the New Urbanism for allowing us to film and post these videos!


David Kim


   David lays out the basic principles of the “Form Follows Finance Fourplex” and other highly flexible and affordable mixed-use building types he is working out with John Anderson.


Murphy Antoine


   Murphy describes Torti Gallas’ work with “Super Wood” buildings, which are concrete podiums with 4-5 story wood structures above.


Eric Moser


   Originally slated to be presented by Julie Sanford, Eric Moser steps through Julie’s work on Eco-Dweller units, and also some of Studio Sky’s work in Belize.


Steve Maun


   Steve Maun describes spec house challenges post-Meltdown, and describes ways in which modular construction can be part of the solution.


Robert Orr


   Robert describes his development of some very innovative urban building types, all of which are designed to “pencil out better than a parking lot,” which is actually a major challenge in many small cities and towns.


Andrew Frey


   Andrew takes on the challenges of building townhouses in Miami, a city where this building type is rare. The new Miami21 code by DPZ makes it easier, but there are still a number of challenges on a multitude of existing lots in Miami.


Steve Mouzon


   Here’s my session, where I lay out several thoughts on maker spaces that I haven’t heard discussed until now, and then show some of our SmartDwelling work in Belize.


Panel Discussion


   This is the panel discussion between all of the panelists plus organizers Frank Starkey, Mike Watkins, and the audience.


   ~Steve Mouzon


South Beach at Sea Level

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   Tidal flooding is the worst it's ever been in South Beach. Ten years ago when I moved here, nobody ever mentioned tidal flooding. Now, it's getting worse all the time as sea levels rise. While the politicians fiddle, South Beach floods.


To be clear, the city says it's a storm drainage problem, and that their new pipes will fix it. But when sea level is higher than the streets, there's nothing a pipe can do.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Original Green Hope for Architecture at CNU21 Unsanctioned

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   This is the entire lightning-paced joint session I did with Clay Chapman at CNU21 Unsacntioned at the Peery Hotel in Salt Lake City. I covered the big picture of the Original Green at the blistering pace of just over 5 slides per minute… first time I've ever done that. And Clay closed out with the awesome work that he's doing to pull off the unthinkable: build a loadbearing masonry house designed to last a thousand years, and do it at a cost that regular people can afford. The first one was around $150 per square foot, but he believes he can get it down to $85 per square foot soon. This changes everything!

   A special thanks to Justin Burslie of the StrongTowns Network and to StrongTowns founder Chuck Marohn for filming the presentation! Please be sure to visit their StrongTowns Network, where you'll find some of the most vibrant and incisive discussions on sustainable urbanism taking place today.


   ~Steve Mouzon


The Fallacy of Maintenance-Free - StrongTowns University

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   Building "maintenance-free" is an illusion. When so-called maintenance-free items fail, they fail catastrophically so that you have to rip all of the mess off and cart it off to the landfill. The high standard should be materials that can be patched and repaired, as I explain in this sub-2-minute conversation with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Gizmo Green - StrongTowns University

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   This 3-minute clip with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University highlights the dangers of framing everything within a Gimo Green view. Gizmo Green is the proposition that we can achieve sustainability with better equipment and better materials. Gizmo Green is a part of the solution, but only a small part.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Quality of Life vs. Standard of Living - StrongTowns University

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   Standard of living focuses on how much we've got, while quality of life focuses on how good we have it, as discussed in this 2-minute clip with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University. Bigger vs. better. When one goes up, the other goes down… it's just simple economics. 


   ~Steve Mouzon


Making Architecture Sustainable at StrongTowns University

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   Sustainable architecture is possible only when we're allowed to share wisdom broadly. Unfortunately, as I discuss with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University, we have burdened the profession of architecture with the necessity of uniqueness. Your work is expected to be your own unique creation if you expect to get published in the architectural magazines. But if you're not allowed to use other people's good ideas, then truly sustainable practices cannot spread broadly. This is one of the most important dilemmas in architecture today.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Living Traditions at StrongTowns University

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   Living traditions are proven methods of spreading the wisdom of sustainable construction. They have spread sustainability broadly from the beginning of human history, until we gave them up and all became specialists over a span of several decades nearly a century ago, as I discuss with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


The Problem With Specialists - StrongTowns University

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   Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University and I talk about the problem with experts and specialists in this sub-3-minute clip. Actually, it's not a problem that we have specialists, but when everybody becomes one, it leaves a tremendous common sense vacuum because specialists focus on narrower and narrower bands of practice, leaving the wider view unconsidered.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Lovable Buildings at StrongTowns University

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   Here's a 4-minute clip I did with Chuck Marohn for StrongTowns University on the importance of lovable buildings. If a building can't be loved, it won't last. It's carbon footprint means nothing once its parts have been carted off to the landfill.


   ~Steve Mouzon


The Danger of Wishes - StrongTowns University

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   Sustainability targets are nothing more than wishes if someone else sets them up for you, as Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University and I discuss in this sub-2-minute clip. Targets only have meaning when they are my targets for me, not my targets for you.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Proverb Coding at StrongTowns University

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   This 4½-minute clip with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University tells the story of a fascinating recent discovery in Rose Town, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, that I believe provides crucial insights into how we might re-start living traditions.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Nature's Many Avenues for Growth at StrongTowns University

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   City growth since World War II has been almost exclusively outward, leapfrogging at breakneck speed into the countryside. But while nature limits physical growth in every creature, many other types of growth can occur… things can grow smarter, better, etc., not just bigger. Thanks to Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University for filming these episodes!


   ~Steve Mouzon


Adaptable Buildings at StrongTowns University

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   Buildings that can be used for only one thing aren't likely to last for very long. Building uses come and go all the time… telephone exchanges didn't exist just over a century ago, whereas indoor shopping malls are quickly becoming obsolete even as we watch. Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns Network and I discuss the details in this 2½-minute clip.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Nourishable Places at StrongTowns University

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   I tell Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns Network the story of nourishable places in this 2¼-minute clip. In a nutshell, if people can't eat there, they can't live there. Today, we can ship food in from all around the world, but that may not always be true as energy costs rise. And today, more people are celebrating the virtues of local food. 


   ~Steve Mouzon


Stacking the Deck for Lovable Buildings at StrongTowns University

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   If architecture were nothing more than fashion and style, it would be impossible to design buildings that would be loved by future generations because we have no idea what fashions will be like even just a few quarters into the future, much less in the lives of our descendants. But as I discussed with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University in this clip, there are things we can do to stack the desk in our buildings' favor, giving them a much greater chance of survival long into an uncertain future.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Uniqueness in Architecture

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   If you want to be a significant architect today, your work must be largely unique. Isn't that a good thing? Doesn't it spur inventiveness and creativity? Yes, but there are huge sustainability problems which I discuss here with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


What is the Original Green?

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   Here's my one-minute summary of the Original Green with Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns University.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Hotels in the City


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   What's best for a hotel isn't necessarily what's best for the sidewalk in an urban setting. Yet hotels clearly belong in the city, because the travelers' destinations are most often somewhere nearby in the city. This clip examines these issues, and looks at a surprise South Beach solution at the end. 


   ~Steve Mouzon


Great Sidewalk Cafés

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   You can get a great sidewalk café in less space than you might think… check out these cafés in some of the most famous parts of South Beach.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Traffic Nightmare

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   Traffic problems in the US pale compared to those of other places, such as Sao Paulo, Brazil. But we'll be much like them in the future if we don't make radical changes.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU19 Daily Show - Michael Lykoudis

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   Here's my interview with Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, for First + Main Media's Daily Show at CNU19 in Madison, Wisconsin.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU19 Daily Show - Dhiru Thadani 1

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   Here's my first interview with Dhiru Thadani, author of The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary, for First + Main Media's Daily Show at CNU19 in Madison, Wisconsin. Dhiru discusses his drawings and his book in this interview.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Andrés Duany on Garden Cities

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   Here's Andrés Duany's pecha kucha presentation of his new Garden Cities book at the Project Lodge during CNU19 in Madison.


CNU19 Daily Show - Nathan Norris

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   Here's my interview with Nathan Norris of PlaceMakers for First + Main Media's Daily Show at CNU19 in Madison, Wisconsin. Nathan talks about the remarkable resilience of the John Nolen plan for Madison in this discussion.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU19 Daily Show - Howard Blackson

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   Here's my interview with Howard Blackson of PlaceMakers for First + Main Media's Daily Show at CNU19 in Madison, Wisconsin. Howard discusses the increasing role played within the New Urbanism by NextGen, an organization of mostly younger New Urbanists whose involvement with the movement began well after its founding.


   ~Steve Mouzon


CNU19 Daily Show - Galina Tachieva

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   Here's my interview with Galina Tachieva of DPZ for First + Main Media's Daily Show at CNU19 in Madison, Wisconsin. Galina describes her Sprawl Repair initiative and her new book, the Sprawl Repair Manual in this interview.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Small Bike Racks

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   Chrisopher Alexander's instructions to make small parking lots for cars might apply to bike racks as well.


   ~Steve Mouzon


One Meal of Groceries

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   You don't need an SUV to drive to the grocery store and bring home a week's worth of rations when you live or work close enough to the grocery that you can walk there to buy groceries for each meal. Get a bit of exercise. And get fresher food.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Neighborhood Grocery

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   You don't need a super-center or mega-grocery to buy the ingredients of an excellent meal. Here's a grocery two blocks from my office that only has 4,500 square feet of sales space.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Lovable Wind Generators

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   Wind generators don't need to look like rooftop egg-beaters. If things can't be loved, they won't last. This video takes a look at a really cool alternative.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Invisible Solar Panels

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   Solar panels shouldn't be put on the roof... they should BE the roof, or at least a part of it. The only thing we're missing if we want to do this today is panels that can be adjusted at the edge to match any size of roof.


   ~Steve Mouzon


Sidewalk Comfort

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   Most people can't imagine being comfortable on South Beach on a summer afternoon, but Wanda and I show you how in this short clip.


   ~ Steve Mouzon



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