placemaking

The University of Oklahoma's Institute for Quality Communities reviewed some of the best things that happened in Oklahoma’s towns in 2013, from big time music festivals to smartphone apps (H/t to "World Views" contributor Rebecca Cruise).

Engaging In Placemaking

Jul 29, 2013
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It can be easy to look at a building like the Devon Tower and understand the dynamics that helped make it possible.

Of course, there is the boom in oil and gas drilling brought on my new technology. And then there are the MAPS projects that invested in Oklahoma City, especially downtown.

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Nearly 70 years after the post-World War II suburban explosion, some developers and civic innovators argue that urban centers can increase their livability by going beyond the lower limits of what’s functional.

Dan Burden is the co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute in Port Townsend, Washington. He’s studied and documented the conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in more than 2,000 town centers.

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Cities across the nation are trying to improve the health of their populations, many developers are embracing cycling infrastructure as a way encourage civic engagement, environmental goals, and economic prosperity.

John Cock is an urban planner based in Davidson, North Carolina with Alta Planning and Design.

During a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities, Cock described three types cyclists – those who are already out there, the 7-9 percent who would ride on urban streets if they had a bike lane, and another 60 percent who don’t even want a bike lane if they have to share the roadways with traffic or parked cars.

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Many scientists, doctors, and public health researchers say there’s a link between a community’s health and the built environment.

Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities.

Making Places People Like

Jul 15, 2013
OU Institute for Quality Communities

Creating a sense of place is attracting more attention from community developers as the nation’s demographics continue to shift.

Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities.

Speaking at the conference, Donovan Rypkema debunked several myths about preserving old buildings. He says studies show the older structures are not necessarily less energy efficient than newer construction.