Dover-Kohl Projects Win Charter Awards

Two Dover-Kohl projects were recognized with awards by the Congress for the New Urbanism last week at CNU 24 in Detroit:

South Main in Buena Vista, Colorado won a Charter Award for the Neighborhood, District, and Corridor. South Main is a town extension that reconnects the small town of Buena Vista to the Arkansas River. The growing neighborhood maintains public access to the river, creates a high-quality riverfront space, establishes visual and physical connections with Main Street and downtown Buena Vista, and creates a walkable environment through a mixture of uses and a network of pedestrian connections.

Seven50: Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan won a Merit Award for the Region, City, and Town. Seven50 ("seven counties, 50 years") is a blueprint for growing a more prosperous and resilient Southeast Florida during the next 50 years and beyond. The plan works to encourage socially inclusive communities, a vibrant and robust economy, and careful stewardship of the fragile Southeast Florida ecosystem as it quickly becomes one of the world’s most important mega-regions.

Learn more about this year's Charter Award winners

Comprehensive Plan process Kicks-off in Laredo, Texas

Dover, Kohl & Partners is co-leading a team to produce the Comprehensive Plan for Laredo, Texas. A series of workshops, townhalls, and charrettes have been scheduled over the next few months to gather public input through a hands-on, collaborative process that will result in a better plan that reflects the concerns of the citizens of Laredo.

To learn more about the project, including a preliminary schedule of events, visit www.vivalaredo.org

Plan NoBe in the News

(Left to Right, front): Dover, Kohl & Partners' Principal Jason King, Planner Zach Parnas, and Project Director Hernan Guerrero participating in a bike tour as part of the North Beach Master Plan charrette.

(Left to Right, front): Dover, Kohl & Partners' Principal Jason King, Planner Zach Parnas, and Project Director Hernan Guerrero participating in a bike tour as part of the North Beach Master Plan charrette.

Jason King, Principal, and Hernan Guerrero, Project Director, led a bike tour as part of the North Beach Master Plan charrette which recently attracted the attention of national media. 

As the future of coastal cities has become a worldwide discussion the Plan for North Beach is being followed on the national and international stage. 

The tour included local environmental activists, historic preservationists, developers, neighbors and business owners.

"This is really North Beach's time," says King. While other surrounding areas, namely South Beach, have seen growth, King believes that "the development community is looking toward North Beach for opportunities."

Dover-Kohl continues their work on the "Plan NoBe" Master Plan, expected to be completed this fall. Community members and those interested in the plan can do so by visiting the project website.

 

For more on Plan NoBe in the news, visit: The Real Deal; Miami Herald; Miami New Times

 

Victor's talk on "The Streets of Livable Cities" and the future growth of Venice

In January, Victor Dover helped kick off the 2016 Speakers Series presented by the Venice Museum & Archives: “Design for Living; John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism." His talk on “The Streets of Livable Cities” served to further discussions among community members about the future growth of Venice, FL.

His talk and these discussions are further explored in a recent article by News Editor Greg Giles in the Venice Gondolier Sun. 

Introducing the New DoverKohl.com

We're very excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website! We've rebuilt our entire site from the ground up to better highlight all the innovative work we've had the privilege to be involved in over the past 28 years.

We've also added an exciting new resource: Under #This tab, there is now a growing and searchable database of Street of the Day photos and locations from around the world. #StreetoftheDay helps provoke conversation about the essential ingredients of street designs that captivate our imaginations, boost property value, and embody civic life. Explore today to find useful precedents, and pan around in 360° Street View.

Victor Dover to Kick off 2016 Speakers Series "Design for Living"

Victor Dover will kick off the 2016 Speakers Series presented by the Venice Museum & Archives: “Design for Living; John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism." Victor will speak on “The Streets of Livable Cities” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Venice Community Center, 3236 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice.

James Dougherty Presented at the Marcel Breuer Doctoral School

 

James Dougherty, Dover-Kohl’s Director of Design, was honored at the invitation to present on “New Urbanism” at the Marcel Breuer Doctoral School of the University of Pécs in Hungary.  

James’ presentation focused on the important work New Urbanists are doing to improve peoples’ quality of life by building and repairing cohesive settlements, reducing dependence on the automobile, and improving the environmental performance of our cities and towns. 

The well-received presentation also covered the origins of New Urbanism, key principles of the Movement, and discussion of a wide range of project types being implemented.

Dover, Kohl & Partners Continues its Work in Albany, NY

In what is proving to be a rewarding collaboration between consultant, the City, and community, Dover, Kohl & Partners is once again at work with the community of Albany, New York. Back in May of this year, Dover-Kohl worked closely with Clarion and the City for ReZone Albany's Warehous District Design Workshop. Dover-Kohl and the City have now turned their attention to the South End community this week. As part of the workshop, members of the public got together in small groups to discuss the community's future and what that could look like. 

Albany’s “South End” is bounded by the City limits to the south, the Hudson River to the east, and following Frisbee Avenue to Empire State Plaza along the west. The South End includes a diverse community with a mix of residential neighborhoods, public and private investments, as well as commercial and industrial areas.  
As Christopher Spencer, Albany's planning director said to us of the overall Rezone Albany project: "We want to have the right rules in place to get what the community is looking for." 

On Our Wheels

Watch three young professionals do a radical thing in this short film, "On Our Wheels," created for WHEELS week, a mega-event spotlighting quicker, cheaper, healthier, more environmentally-friendly ways of getting around. More info at www.wheelsflorida.org

This video was made possible by a grant from Green Mobility Network.

www.greenmobilitynetwork.org