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Traditional Urbanism for the Future of Southern California Neighbourhoods: 6 November 2013

Save the date for INTBAU USA’s first conference with Traditional Building on the West Coast on 6 November 2013. Venue details and times to be announced.

Co-sponsored by International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) USA Chapter.

1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Moderator, Denis Hector, Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Panelists, Stefanos Polyzoides, Principal, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists, and co-founder, Congress for the New Urbanism; Michael Mehaffy, Faculty, TU Delft;President Structura Naturalis, Portland, Oregon; others to be announced

Los Angeles has always been about the future — but the best of Los Angeles has always built on the treasures of the past. This panel will explore the great urban fabric of Los Angeles, with a focus on its walkable streetcar urban fabric. What role can this fabric play in the challenges of the City’s future — and what are the lessons for other cities? One need only to look at historic California neighborhoods to glean ideas for guiding neighborhood development that integrates work, leisure, walking, and fun- for the betterment of people and local economies. This panel of internationally respected practitioners will offer advice on the evolution from automobile dominance to pedestrian friendly design based on the Congress for the New Urbanism’s Charter and new research on evidence from traditional urban environments.

Learning Objectives

– Consider the region, the city, the neighborhood, district or corridor, and the block the street and the building when developing new sustainable designs or rehabilitation plans.

– Infer lessons learned from case studies from California communities that are good examples of traditional urbanism or have introduced traditional urbanism into new plans and projects.

– Apply standards for improved walking that include provisions for safety and ease of access to public transit and goods and services.

– Research the local climate, topography, history, and building practice to produce designs that reflect the Southern California region.