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We have a conversation about the New Urbanism design movement. Its goal? To create complete, compact, and connected communities. We discuss the principles of the movement, what makes for a great place, and the barriers that communities face in achieving their visions.

It’s a preview of an upcoming Reshaping Rochester presentation with Lynn Richards, the president and CEO for the Congress for the New Urbanism. Richards is a Rochester native who shares how she sees Rochester fitting into the movement. Our guests:

How would cities look different if there were more diverse voices involved in their design? Ashleigh Walton is an architect and a project manager at Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh. She’ll be in Rochester next week to give a presentation about social equity and design as part of the Community Design Center’s Reshaping Rochester Series.

Walton joins us for a preview of that presentation, and we discuss the value of mentorship in the field. Our guests:

  • Ashleigh Walton, project manager at Urban Design Associates
  • Nana-Yaw Andoh, assistant professor of architecture at RIT, and board member for the Community Design Center Rochester

This hour, we explore cities that have reimagined their waterfronts. What can Rochester learn from Alexandria, Virginia; Burlington City, New Jersey; and others?

It’s the topic of the next Reshaping Rochester presentation entitled “Drawn to Water: Design Stories of City and River.” We preview that presentation with the speaker, Richard Newtown, partner at OLIN, a landscape architecture firm that has done work for Charles Carroll Park in Rochester. Our guests:

We continue our series of conversations about urbanism in Rochester with participants in the Community Design Center’s Reshaping Rochester program.

Klaus Philipsen is the president of ArchPlan, an architecture and urban design firm in Baltimore. He joins us for a discussion about affordable housing – what it looks like and how to achieve it in a city like Rochester. We also discuss how to revitalize neighborhoods without displacing current residents. Our guests:

"What if everything we did in our cities had to be great for an eight year old and an 80 year old?" That's a question urbanist Gil Penalosa regularly asks. He's the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, an non-profit organization in Canada with a mission of creating safe and happy cities for all ages.

Penalosa advises city leaders around the word. He's in Rochester as a guest of the Reshaping Rochester series at the Community Design Center Rochester. We talk about what Rochester can learn from communities across the globe. In studio: