Designing with Nature for Wellbeing
Pints With Planners is a great podcast published by the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, aimed at demystifying urban planning. I recently listened to this loosely-structured forum that is geared to make you feel like you’re sitting in a pub having a great conversation with Steve Nygren and the hosts. Steve is the founder and CEO of Serenbe, a wellness community created as a model to demonstrate that preserving 70% of greenspace interlaced with agriculture, housing, and retail is not only economically viable, but the future of community wellbeing. This episode focused on Steve’s experience in the founding of Serenbe, and how he has become a thought leader in meaningful and innovative community design in the spirit of Ebenezer Howard and Ian McHarg. Steve’s passion shines through this wide-ranging conversation recorded in the summer of 2018 in Denver.”
The Dynamic Duo of Senior Living Design
I have written here on several occasions about the changes and trends that have long since blurred the lines between themed entertainment and commercial development. Included in those thoughts was the belief that a visitor’s experience must be rooted in “the story.” The story gives the project a reason for its existence and meaning, and every aspect of the project must be filtered through, and thoroughly tied to “the story.”
In this series, Landscape Architect and Planner Brad Smith gathers current information from the fields of planning and design, and applies them to the realm of Senior Living.
What are Complete Streets? According to Smart Growth America, they are streets for everyone (not just cars). They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.
Finally, they should stand the test of time.