James Dougherty, Dover-Kohl’s Director of Design, is teaching an interactive training class focusing on “The Human Figure in Architectural Sculpture and Ornament” this Tuesday, July 10th at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in New York City.
This is in recognition of his great work over the past eleven years. In addition to leading challenging urban design and town planning projects, Kenneth has contributed to groundbreaking work in hand-drawn illustrations, digital visualizations, street designs, and publications. He played a vital role in helping complete the book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. Kenneth has worked directly with citizens, developers, elected officials, and national experts, applying best practices in planning and urban design. He has participated in more than sixty on-site, multi-day interactive planning workshops, facilitating hands-on design with clients and members of the public as part of the visioning and policy making process. He has worked at the whole range of scales, from detailed design proposals for a single block or street, to revitalization plans for cities and neighborhoods, to large regional plans affecting millions of citizens. In his new position, Kenneth oversees the design efforts by staff in our Coral Gables studio, trains our team members, and assists firm principals and project directors with assuring the best quality in the work we do at Dover, Kohl & Partners.
Kenneth grew up in Costa Rica and Mexico. He received both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Andrews University, a leading center for the study of New Urbanism. He is CNU-Accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), has been certified by the National Charrette Institute, and is a member of the American Planning Association. Kenneth joined Dover, Kohl & Partners in 2007. In addition to his skills in architecture and urbanism, Kenneth is a prolific photographer and watercolorist.
Following the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction adjacent to the FIU campus, Victor Dover and Kenneth Garcia published a pair of articles in Miami's Community Newspapers about the tragedy, showing how Eighth Street could be reimagined as a street that makes safety a priority and puts people first.
"Why did a pedestrian bridge seem needed in the first place?" Because "Eighth Street is, after all, a dangerous, ugly highway that repels one from choosing to walk, bike, or use transit."
The underlying problem is a street that's dangerous to cross on foot or bike. The following animated sequence shows how Eighth Street could evolve from a street that is solely dedicated to single-occupant car trips to an true inter-modal street that supports walking, biking and transit.
Slower, safer, curbless, shared space, with more shade, more seating, and more space for dining, bike parking, and walking – these are all features of a new design for the 300 block of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dover, Kohl and Partners teamed with Kimley-Horn on this important street design adventure, working for the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and with important partners like the City of West Palm Beach and the Downtown Development Authority.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. Through collaboration with area merchants, residents, community members who work or play downtown, and other stakeholders, they have created a beautiful space. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all - and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other City streets.”
Through a series of meetings and public engagement opportunities, we worked to visualize and present concepts for Clematis Street that reflect the community’s vision. The recommended street design will improve the public realm on Clematis Street through:
- A curbless street which prioritizes the pedestrian
- Wider sidewalks
- An addition of 20 shade trees that will create comfortable space for people
- Narrower traffic lanes that slow travel speed
- Additional dining and seating areas
- A new high-quality palette of materials designed with heat-absorption, permeability, longevity, maintenance and aesthetics in mind
We look forward to construction of this project starting this summer.
This past weekend Dover, Kohl and Partners had the pleasure of attending the Sixth Annual Addison Mizner Awards held at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. At the ceremony, principals James Dougherty and Joseph Kohl were honored to receive a Mizner Award in the Urban Design category for South Main in Buena Vista, Colorado.
The South Main plan seeks to fulfill the founding developers Jed and Katie Selby’s dream of permanently and beautifully extending the Town of Buena Vista’s public access to the Arkansas River. The plan was formulated during a week-long design charrette, where local residents, town leaders, the developers, and the design team worked to form design concepts. Key ideas that were incorporated into the plan include maintaining public access to the river, creating a high-quality riverfront space, establishing visual and physical connections with Main Street and downtown Buena Vista, and creating a walkable environment through a mixture of uses and network of pedestrian connections.
Today, South Main’s Riverfront Square is surrounded by mixed-use buildings and provides a gathering space for residents and visitors. Neighborhood streets are oriented to frame views to the mountains and riverfront. The developers have delivered on key principles established by residents during the charrette: maintaining public access to the river; creating a high-quality riverfront space; establishing visual and physical connections with Main Street and downtown Buena Vista including a dramatic view of the historic courthouse cupola with background mountains; and creating a walkable neighborhood through a mixture of uses, network of pedestrian connections, and human-scale streets.
A Dover, Kohl and Partners team member, Adam Bonosky, was recipient in the Emerging Classicist category for his Master of Urban Design Project, Guadalupe Hirian; A New Town for Hondarribia. Situated in northern Spain, historic Hondarribia is located across the Bidasoa River from France and is host to a now defunct hilltop fort. The design incorporates methods of traditional urban design and architecture as exemplified by Camillo Sitte and Leon Krier to develop a new settlement in the tradition of hilltop towns. The plan is designed to be flexible and accommodate a variety of development patterns utilizing a series of building types that were designed based on a study of existing vernacular buildings in Hondarribia. A variety of public spaces are formed by public and private buildings, granting a mix of experiences for visitors and residents.
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Florida Chapter founded the Addison Mizner Awards program in 2012 to celebrate new work in the classical design tradition. The awards program celebrates the achievement of the finest practitioners in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design Landscape architecture, Urbanism as well as Craftsmanship and Construction.
The awards are named for Addison Mizner, the architect whose civic and domestic works defined the standards of excellence in composition and craftsmanship for classical and traditional design in the early years of urban development in Florida. Addison Mizner’s introduction of the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style left an indelible mark on the architecture and urban cultural history of Florida and, to this day, delights those who visit his buildings and urban places.
Thanks go out to the Florida ICAA, the Addison Mizner Award Committee, and the members of the jury for their time in organizing this wonderful event.
Dover, Kohl & Partners is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB)!
Dover-Kohl joins a cutting-edge group of nearly 1,350 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.
“As we celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize a new class of businesses that are making their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud this new round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, including Dover, Kohl & Partners, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”
Bicycle Friendly Business is a Service Mark of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.
On Friday May 5, The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) announced the sixteen winners of its annual Charter Awards, given for excellence in architectural, landscape, urban, and regional design that helps build more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.
Among the winners was Dover Kohl & Partners for Plan NoBe, a multifaceted approach to the North Beach neighborhood’s needs for historic preservation, pedestrian-oriented design, preservation of workforce housing, and answers to rising sea levels.
In late 2016, as a direct result of the 1,100-acre plan, more than 300 historic structures— including stellar examples of the “Miami Modern” style built between 1930 and 1960—were protected through the creation of three historic districts. More than 5,000 units of workforce housing, threatened with demolition, were also saved as part of that effort. The plan also addressed public space and walkability, which had been a challenge in the community.
Plan NoBe also sets the stage for higher construction standards to withstand sea-level rise—while strengthening defenses like sea walls, mangrove islands, and barrier beaches.
One key to success of the plan was strong public engagement. “Having worked in government for over 25 years, it was incredible to witness the level of public involvement in the Plan NoBe effort,” says Jeffrey Orvis, Miami Beach Director of Economic Development.
“The Master Plan is a visionary and an aspirational statement,” says Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach. “I am excited for this incredible vision.”
CNU recognized a total of sixteen professional and student design projects across the United States and in Mexico, Spain, and South Africa. The awards were announced at a ceremony culminating CNU’s annual Congress, a 4-day event that brings together as many as 2,000 people to discuss, debate, engage, and advance the principals of New Urbanism.
Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards have honored a select number of winners and honorable mentions since 2002.
James Dougherty, Dover-Kohl Principal and Director of Design, presented a keynote address on Tuesday, April 11 at the international conference: The Art of Drawing and Form. The conference was hosted by The Department of Graphics, Form and Design of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). The topic of James’ keynote was: Architectural Design Techniques of Urban Buildings in the Belle Époque.
On Sunday, January 15, Jason King, Principal at Dover, Kohl & Partners, will be presenting at a panel discussion about the future of Miami Beach with reference to Seven50, the Regional Plan for Southeast Florida and Plan NoBe, the plan for North Beach. Climate change, sea level rise, strengthening storms, bigger beaches, the opening of Cuba, the changing Miami Beach demographic, and major transportation investments will all be discussed at the panel discussion entitled:
“40 More Years of Fabulous: Structural Visions of Miami Beach” will take place at 3PM, in the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. The event is part of Art Deco Weekend.
To learn more visit www.artdecoweekend.com
The North Beach Master Plan was unanimously approved by the Miami Beach City Commission on Wednesday, October 19. Mayor Philip Levine said "It's North Beach's time. It's exciting to see the community come together in a positive way." The plan has been in the making for the past year and involved more than 1,000 interested residents and stakeholders during an intensive open planning process, including property owners, neighbors, merchants, developers, environmental specialists, historic preservationists and community leaders.
Plan NoBe provides the basis for public policy in the North Beach area of the City of Miami Beach regarding physical development. Plan NoBe establishes priorities for public-sector action while simultaneously providing direction for complementary private-sector decisions. The Plan and its guidelines serve as a tool to evaluate new development proposals, direct capital improvements, and to guide public policy in a manner that ensures North Beach continues to be the community that its residents want it to be. The Plan contains illustrative plans, diagrams, maps, and pictures to make concepts clear and accessible to City officials, residents, developers, community groups, and other stakeholders.