About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget was the final blow. [Read more…] about Urban Design Centers and Healthier Communities
About Mark Brodeur
Mark Brodeur’s passion is urban revitalization. During his 30+ years of planning & urban design experience, he has revitalized and re-energized over 200 downtowns, corridors and neighborhoods to success. Since Mark’s first City Planning Director’s post in 1979, he has been helping to set strategies to accomplish each project’s mission and vision. Visioning workshops, one-on-one sessions, cross-discipline task forces, and middle-of- the-night epiphanies were all invoked as appropriate to the success of each project.
He walks the blocks and knows the talk. His background is a purposeful mix of public/private sector urban design experience. Mark has always been an advocate for urban regeneration and is continuously challenging the issue of suburban sprawl. He frequently points to urban revitalization as the most valid type of “urban sustainability.”
Mark is currently the Executive Manager of the City of San Antonio’s CityDesignCenter. The mission of the Design Center is to promote high quality urban design throughout the City. Good urban design is essential in protecting San Antonio’s well-established sense of place and economic position. The CityDesignCenter develops the benchmarks for better design that will protect the form and functions of San Antonio’s most treasured assets. Through a process of cooperation and collaboration, Mark hopes to inspire the design community to raise the bar and to bring a higher standard and value to this beautiful City.
In his spare time, Mark serves on AIA’s Sustainable Design Assessment Team and most recently served as the President of the California Downtown Association.