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Posted 04.14.11 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Stephen Luoni, and UACDC: Venture Design



UACDC has developed a repertoire of place-building design models in watershed urbanism, transit-oriented development, green street and shared street design, big box urbanism, low impact development, urban forestry, context-sensitive highway design, smart-growth planning and urban agriculture. Each platform articulates a vocabulary and modularity for constructing an ecology of the city. Concerned with protocols of sequencing and interactivity among multiple systems, these platforms map policy, practices and design through various development tools like ecotone, matrix, transect, map and table to sort and sequence environmental resources. These resources constitute material palettes and organizational strategies for retrofitting settlement patterns to support the delivery of both urban and ecological services. The goal is to create resilient cities.

HIGHWAY ECOLOGIES
Highways are the single largest classification of public space in many communities. The Highway Ecology Matrix presents an index of the ordinary components found in highway corridors, and facilitates their unexpected combinations along street sections toward developing context-sensitive design.

Townscaping an Automobile-Oriented Fabric: Farmington, Arkansas
The townscape plan retrofits a suburban five-lane commercial arterial in a 5,000-person bedroom community that was once a vibrant farming community, working with limited resources to “articulate environments” through context‐sensitive highway design, public art planning and agricultural urbanism. Townscaping offers a strategic pedestrianization of automobile‐oriented patterns without denying the automobile’s fundamental role in servicing contemporary development. Click image to enlarge.

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ABOUT THE ESSAY

Venture Design
On Places, a profile of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, which has turned Northwest Arkansas into a laboratory for the creative retrofitting of postwar suburbia.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen Luoni is Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.
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The University of Arkansas Community Design Center is led by director Stephen Luoni with project designers Cory Amos, Petar Bednar and Jeff Huber.
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