Author: Northern Section

Biophilic City Planning & Design References

Some References of some of the leading pioneers:

  1. Biophilic Cities Network (BCN) Home Page: http://biophiliccities.org
  2. Stephen Kellert Yale Bio: https://environment.yale.edu/profile/kellert/
    1. See also his recent book Birthright-People in Nature in the Modern World, which is exceptional (link to NPR interview here: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/20/169523283/connectingwithnature-to-reclaim-our-natural-birthright
  3. Recording of Kellert’s Keynote to the Biophilic Cities network Launch Event: http://biophiliccities.org/launch/ (includes link to Jennifer Wolch’s also)
  4. BCN Singapore Profile, including link to the film on BioP Singapore: http://biophiliccities.org/what-are-biophilic-cities/singapore/
  5. Film links: http://biophiliccities.org/films/
    1. Biophilic Design – Architecture for Life (also their site: http://www.biophilicdesign.net/
    2. Others . . . see list at the URL
  6. Terrapin About Green is one pioneer (see “About Terrapin” below):
    1. All reports: http://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/publications/
    2. 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: http://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/report/14-patterns/
    3. The Economics of Biophilia http://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/report/economics-of-biophilia/

About Terrapin. Focusing on transformative action for society, Terrapin utilizes whole-systems thinking to develop integrated design strategies, Terrapin challenges design and ownership teams to create restorative, regenerative environments. Terrapin believes in finding solutions that reconnect people with nature and mimic natural systems as this focus offers boundless opportunities to improve the quality of life for all. They also believe that high performance design means fundamentally improving health and productivity, while improving overall economic and environmental performance.

[Post prepared by Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, founder/past co-director and Research Program Lead of the Northern Section’s Sustainability Committee, one of the APA Sustainable Communities Division’s Sustainability Champions, and a strategic sustainability planner-economist at the SF Planning Department.]

Sustainability Champions Launch

The APA’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) launched its sustainability leadership program, the Sustainability Champion (SC) program after nominations were made and champions were selected in August-September, 2014.

Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, ISSP-SA, of the APA California Northern Section was selected as one of the champions and is looking forward to working with the California Chapter Board and planners in creating an initiative to advance sustainability planning in California communities.

He will continue his Research Lead role in the Northern Section APA Sustainability Committee, which he proposed and co-directed with Katja Irvin, until January 2013.

The Northern Section Sustainability Committee will be one of the inaugural members of the SCD’s Sustainability Champions California program, and Scott will lead that work.

The APS SCD champion’s program grew out of the research and facilitated discussion that Scott initiated for the 2013 APA National Conference in Chicago (see this post:  ).

Champions work in California since the Fall of 2016 has involved XXXX

A programmatic offering will be launched state-wide at the APA California Pasadena 2016 Conference . . ..

TBD.

For information, questions, joining the e-list, or interest in volunteering, please send Scott an email at scott.edmondson@sfgov.org.

Bio:  forthcoming.

[Post prepared by Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, founder/past co-director and Research Program Lead of the Northern Section’s Sustainability Committee, one of the APA Sustainable Communities Division’s Sustainability Champions, and a strategic sustainability planner-economist at the SF Planning Department.]

July/August 2016

  • The future of Bay Area housing markets and income inequality. Nina Gruen. Dramatic changes in America’s ethnic and racial mix promise long term economic and real estate impacts. Page 1
  • Meet a local planner. Siân Llewellyn, AICP, interviews Sailesh Mehra, Chief City Planner, city of South San Francisco. P. 7
  • Brexit: A planner’s view from London. Ellen Greenberg, FAICP. What repercussions might we expect on the environment, on London, and on planners’ jobs, projects, and prospects? Page 12

To read or download the PDF, click here.

Regenerative Urbanism Rising – Webinar & Resources

More resources on the APA Sustainable Communities Division web site here.

There is also a Sustainable Communities Division Group Linked In discussion here.

A list or key references and links can be found here (forthcoming July 16th).

SHORT Description.  Pivoting from a net negative to net positive trajectory soon is our current sustainability planning challenge.  Regeneration is the theme that is bubbling up across our plan, design, and build professions and the key to the pivot/shift.  The upcoming APA webcast planning series WEBINAR on Regenerative Urbanism Rising – Platform for Next Generation Practice, explores this challenge, theme, and potential as described below.  Click here to register.

 FULL DESCRIPTION

July 15,  WEBINAR:  Regenerative Urbanism Rising: Next-Generation Practice, APA Planning WebCast Series, FRI, July 15, 10-11:30 am (PST), (SCD description) (register).  This Webinar presents the case for the necessary sustainability pivot from net negative to net positive sustainability planning (Scott Edmondson, AICP, ISSP-SASF Planning Dept.; APA Sustainability Champion) and illustrates accelerating innovation across our plan-design-build professions of a net positive approach with two practice cases. The first is an integrated utility system based on “circular economy” principles and a new business model (Joshua Foss, President, The Ecala Group). It can be used as a primary vehicle for achieving net positive, restorative city development and goals. The second is a regenerative approach to planning and designing high-performance districts that creates better places at the same or lower costs than traditional development (Charles Kelley, AIA, Partner, ZGF Architects). The Webinar illustrates how a regenerative  built environment both becomes and creates a cornerstone of the needed ecological economy of a sustainable city and society. This Webinar re-presents the Sustainable Communities Division’s by-right session at the National APA Conference this past April 2016, and is offered as part of the Division’s Sustainability Champions Program. Go here to registerGo here for a LinkedIn pre-webinar discussion. Comments and questions to Scott.Edmondson@sfgov.org.

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[Post prepared by Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, founder/past co-director and Research Program Lead of the Northern Section’s Sustainability Committee, one of the APA Sustainable Communities Division’s Sustainability Champions, and a strategic sustainability planner-economist at the SF Planning Department.]

June 2016

  • Let’s plan our cities to house (not warehouse) our elderly. Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. Our expanding elderly population needs more assisted-living facilities. Plan for them now; you or your parents may be living there. Page 1
  • Northern Section 2016 Award winners announced. Page 3
  • One-third of residents: ‘Bye-bye Bay Area.’ Jen Kinney, Next City. Bay Area Council survey finds many prepared to leave the region because of housing costs, traffic, and income inequality. Page 4
  • It’s time to apply to take the AICP exam. Don Bradley, AICP, PhD. Page 9
  • Plan-it sustainably: What’s happening; what’s in store. Scott T. Edmondson, AICP. Page 10

To read or download the PDF, click here.

Jane Jacobs 100 B-Day Google Doodle

Google Doodle

Well, google did a pretty good job with his one! (May 4, 2016).

Their lead point:  “Why have cities not, long since, been identified, understood and treated as problems of organized complexity?”

Check it out. Think about it!

[Post prepared by Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, founder/past co-director and Research Program Lead of the Northern Section’s Sustainability Committee, one of the APA Sustainable Communities Division’s Sustainability Champions, and a strategic sustainability planner-economist at the SF Planning Department.]

May 2016

  • Environmental planning achievement award. Stakeholders worked three years to produce San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Water Facility Master Plan. Page 1
  • Director’s note. Andrea Ouse, AICP. Awards Program (June 10, SF). Half-day ethics and law courses, 1.5 AICP|CM credits each (April 30, Oakland). Page 3
  • Stanford: 1450 new student-housing units. 2019 occupancy for redevelopment of the university’s 17-acre Escondido Village. Scott Lefaver, AICP. Page 4
  • Specific Plans add development certainty and inspire quality projects consistent with general plan goals, policies. Steve Matarazzo describes his experience in Morgan Hill and San Luis Obispo. Page 5
  • Where in the world. Hugh Graham. P. 13

To read or download the PDF, click here.

April 2016

  • Planning tour to SE Asia, 2017
. Alex Hinds, Hing Wong, AICP. Meeting April to narrow down destinations. Page 1
  • Director’s note. Andrea Ouse, AICP. Board openings for planning commissioner representative, webmaster, and mentorship director. Page 3
  • In memoriam. Joe Horwedel, AICP, former San Jose planning director, died Feb. 22 after battling cancer. Page 4
  • Norcal roundup. Page 5
  • Climate change receipts fund affordable housing. Jen Kinney, Next City. Projects benefit from California’s cap-and-trade program. Page 7
  • Where in the world. Chandler Lee. P. 9
  • Who’s where. Borrelli, Heinz, Kawashima, Khan, Nevajda, O’Halloran, Stern. Page 10

To read or download the PDF, click here.

March 2016

  • Shaping campuses. 
Dan Kenney, AIA, AICP, explores the forces that shaped college campuses since the 1950s and 60s and how to heal and restore them. Page 1
  • Meet a local planner. Siân Llewellyn, AICP interviews Aidan Hughes, Arup’s North Americas Planning Practice group leader. Page 4
  • Assessing traffic impacts under CEQA. Barbara Schussman discusses how the new draft CEQA guidelines for traffic impact analyses will change as we move toward measuring VMT. Page 5
  • Identifying baseline conditions under CEQA. Stephen Velyvis. Using well-supported historical or projected future conditions when an existing conditions analysis would be misleading. Page 6

To read or download the PDF, click here.