Landscape Architecture: Shaping The Urban Future

When it comes to the biggest trends that will reshape the urban environment in the future, it’s not just the[Read More…]

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Planning for Parks and Urban Forests in Los Angeles County

“You can’t see the forest for the trees!”  All of us are familiar with this expression which is often used to describe someone[Read More…]

Why does Dean Spanos hate the homeless?

“Why does Chris Cate want the Chargers to leave San Diego?  Please call and ask him.” That was the headline[Read More…]

Empathy for the Devel . . . oper (with apologies to the Rolling Stones)

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man trying to build homes.  I’ve been in a long development permit[Read More…]

Downtown San Diego’s East Village South Focus Plan – Draft

The following text and images comprise the East Village Draft Focus Plan released on July 30, 2016, including subsequent minor[Read More…]

My What a Quaint Bridge Tender House You Have Chicago

Who knew that competition was so fierce and cutthroat in the world of architectural boat tours in Chicago? According to[Read More…]

A Planner’s Opportunity – Gender Neutral Facilities

The greatest challenge for anyone involved in planning for public use facilities and areas is in the factoring for the[Read More…]

Open letter to San Diego Port Commission about “world class waterfront” development proposals

Dear Chairman Merrifield and Commissioners: On behalf of the San Diego Environment + Design Council, we are submitting the following[Read More…]

Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment: The L.A. County Story

How many acres of parkland does Los Angeles County have?  How many parks are there in the county and where[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar, July 15th-July 30th, 2016

Urban Land Institute, July 20th, 2016, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Perfecting Your Pitch. Urban Land Institute, July 20th, 206, 5:30 PM- 11:30[Read More…]

Why Gov. Brown’s housing plan is bad for planning

Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across[Read More…]

A few ways to reduce carbon emissions from traffic congestion in San Diego without more roads or rails

Earlier this year the city unveiled an updated plan to combat climate change, the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP).  It[Read More…]

5 Gadgets that Make Sleeping Under the Stars a Real Treat

Last month, I accepted the challenge to camp out for a total of 31 nights between May and September. It’s[Read More…]

Overpassing the value of public space

Our failure to cultivate the value and quality of our public spaces and public life is found in the fact when people want to be heard, seen, and get their message out to as many people as possible, they now gather on freeway bridge overpasses… for its on the freeways where everyone else can be found today, and not on our public street corners and squares.

San Diego Design Event Calendar, June 18th, 2016-June 30th, 2016

Save Our Heritage Organization, June 18th, 2016, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Old House Fair.  Urban Land Institute, June 22nd, 2016,[Read More…]

Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan – to Council June 21st

After months of discussion and several revisions, the Downtown Mobility Plan goes to the San Diego City Council on June[Read More…]

The Hissing Sound and the U. S. Real Estate Market

That hissing sound you hear is the air coming out of the U. S. real estate market.  While the decline[Read More…]

An Inside View of Homelessness in San Diego

I’m Orlando Barahona and this is the first account of my experiences as a homeless man in San Diego. One[Read More…]

Should we plan for families in the ‘new’ city?

What happens when the tech star millennial gives up on tinder and falls in love and chooses to have a family? Can they build off of their success and keep their ‘experience driven’ lifestyle in the heart of the city or do they now need to move to, at best, the ‘uburbs’ or at worst, the suburbs?

San Diego Design Event Calendar June 4th- June 14th, 2016

Save Our Heritage Organization, June 4th, 2016, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Singing with the FaSoLa Singers. New School of Architect and Design, June 8th,[Read More…]

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