master planning

Wouldn't It Be Neat If This Golf Course Was Permaculture Design Instead? Windsor, FL vs. Serenbe, GA

I took a trip to the CNU planned and designed community called Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida.  It was the nicest and most well-planned community that I have ever witnessed personally.  The Anglo-Caribbean architecture of most of the residences is very unique.  The parks and lawns are... read more »

Playa Coronado, Panama: The Perfect Place For A New Urbanist Community?

There are several characteristics of the town of Playa Coronado, Panama that I noticed while I was there, that may make it the perfect place for a walkable mixed-use New Urbanist community.   The first and most obvious reason, in my opinion, is the gorgeous white and black sand beach. Notice ho... read more »

Miami21 In Action In Miami, FL

I recently visited the Brickell and Wynwood Districts on and near the Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL, which is included in the New Urbanist/CNU Master Plan with a Form-Based Code known as Miami21.  Miami21 is the first Master Plan to use a Form-Based Code in a major US city.   http://www.miami2... read more »

Can "EcoTourism Development" Be A Good Thing For a National Park? The Case Of Manuel Antonio NP, Costa Rica

A few years ago I got involved in a project in building a biological corridor (planting indigenous tree species for local wildlife habitat) for the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica.  Manuel Antonio is home to many natural wonders, unique ecosystems, and endangered species of wildlife,... read more »

What Will Be the Fate of the Playa San Carlos, Panama?

Recently I visited and spoke to several of the local people that work in and/or are involved in the development, engineering, and architecture of Playa San Carlos, Panama.  The Playa San Carlos is one of the most unique and beautiful tropical beaches I have ever witnessed personally.  In t... read more »

The Restoration and Renovation of the Historical Casco Viejo, The Old Town, In Panama City, Panama

Recently, many efforts and projects have been undertaken in the overall renovation and restoration of the UNESCO World Heritage site Casco Viejo, or the Old Town section of Panama City, Panama.  Unlike the thriving modern metropolis complete with futuristic highrises and plush condos to the sou... read more »

#CNU18 Finding the right political language

Is "livability" a reckless extravagance under current economic conditions? Too purely aesthetic? Not practical enough? And what about "sustainability"? It's become the accepted language of many in the political class, as well as enlightened designers and builders. But it's not everybody's language. ... read more »