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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


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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