10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: SLC Mayor Ralph Becker “Planning Ahead for Salt Lake City.”

Date – Thursday, January 24, 2013 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Utah Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Ralph Becker was sworn in as[…]

10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: Michael Larice, “A Rebirth in City-Making”

Date – September 6, 2012 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The planning field is experiencing, once again, a fundamental redirection with[…]

Living Community: Panel Discussion Tomorrow at the SLC Main Library!

  Don’t miss a panel discussion from leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, discussing “Living Community”!  The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a member-based, advocacy organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. People + Place + Stewardship LIVING COMMUNITY Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium |[…]

Why everything you think about road safety is wrong:

An idea pioneered in Holland has arrived in England–removing all signage, striping, and mode separation of the public street, improving safety for everyone. “The idea underlining the project  is that when nannying rules and orders – in the form of countless signs, traffic signals and barriers – are removed, motorists take more personal responsibility for[…]

THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “Cities as Museums of Change”

Faculty Lecture: Stephen Goldsmith, “Cities as Museums of Change” Date – February 2, 2012 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. One of[…]

THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “The Evolution of Urban Form”

Faculty Lecture: Brenda Scheer, “The Evolution of Urban Form” Date – January 19, 2012 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. By observing[…]

In Progress: Urban Infill Residential on Wilmington Ave; Salt Lake City, UT

Here at VODA, we’re big believers in the value of urban infill. For many reasons property in established neighborhoods can become available, or a community may decide that there are better uses for things such as parking lots, industrial areas, or underdeveloped land.  We’ve been working for CityBlock lately to assist with the development of[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Utah State Capitol Building

Utah’s state capitol building is a massive neo-classical building situated on the top of Capitol Hill, overlooking downtown Salt Lake City, and the entire Salt Lake Valley. From a site planning perspective, this building is unmatched in its prominence in the city or the state.  Utah achieved statehood in 1896, and its state offices occupied[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Great cities have great parks. The jewel of San Diego is Balboa Park, a 1200 acre park in the heart of the city.  It was the location of the 1915 Panama–California Exposition and 1935 California Pacific International Exposition which each created architectural landmarks for the park. The park’s site was placed in reserve in 1835,[…]

The Single Best Medicine for Improving Your Health:

Sedentary lifestyles are killing Americans. Many of us sit at a computer all day, drive a car to work, and spend our evenings sitting in front of a TV or computer. This lack of activity is built into the very framework of our cities, when we should be designing our communities around activity and physical[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Syntagma Square, Athens, GR

The last year has seen tremendous, grass-roots change and protest against authoritarianism across the globe.  We discussed this last February, right on the cusp of the “Arab Spring” protests in many countries of Northern Africa and the Middle East.  In recent months, increasingly large protests have shaken Athens as the populace has risen up to[…]

THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “Coming to Our Census: Utah’s Demographic Transformation.”

Date – November 17, 2011 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Utah is in the midst of an unprecedented economic, demographic, and[…]