Denver

  • Nyla Pollard Painting (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

    Remedying Blight, in Black and White

    There was a nice story in last Sunday’s Denver Post about how community members in my neighborhood of Park Hill banded together to install a basketball court and paint a building on the site of shopping center that was burned […]

     
  • Demolition Denver: The View From California

    Demolition Denver: The View From California

    California Home and Design Magazine has identified 25 American buildings that need immediate demolition. It offers this as the criterion for making the hit list: When proportion, balance, form and function come together in a delicate harmony, architecture is nothing […]

     
  • Arapahoe Acres, Aerial View

    Saving Arapahoe Acres

    Arapahoe Acres is a nationally famous suburban subdivision located just south of the University of Denver in Englewood.  It was  built between 1949-1957 by the developer Edward Hawkins, with help from the architect Eugene Sternberg. Sternberg was then employed by […]

     
  • Modified design, left and Calatrava original, right (The Denver Post)

    When Urban “Branding” Amounts to Less Rather than More

    Ten days ago The Denver Post contained a story by Ray Mark Rinaldi reporting on the modified plan for a new hotel and transit hub at Denver International  Airport  that has taken shape in the wake of the airport’s breakup with Spanish […]

     
  • Denver De-Occupied

    Denver De-Occupied

    It happened around 11:30 PM on Monday, December 19th.  The Denver Post has the story and some pictures, including this one: This was the scene at the eastern edge of Civic Center Park (where the occupation moved from adjacent Lincoln Park […]

     
  • New Urbanism in Comparative and Intercultural Perspective

    New Urbanism in Comparative and Intercultural Perspective

    Denver is well-known nationally as a city dedicated to New Urbanist development.  Several projects in the city—most notably Belmar, Stapleton, and Highlands Garden Village (HGV)—have received lots of prominent press and some significant praise.  The Congress for the New Urbanism […]

     
  • Peak Water, Urban Sustainability, and the ‘New West’

    Peak Water, Urban Sustainability, and the ‘New West’

    Water is a key resource constraint in urban development, especially here in the West.  Because of projected population growth—anticipated to double to 10 million people by 2050—Colorado is predicted to have a municipal and industrial water gap by at least […]

     
  • Civic Virtue, Civic Vice, and Civic Center Park

    Civic Virtue, Civic Vice, and Civic Center Park

    Denver’s Lincoln Park—ground zero for the Occupy Denver protests—is part of a larger public space called Civic Center Park.  Civic Center Park is a classic City Beautiful composition. The Occupy Denver protests coincided with a required visit by my Culture […]

     
  • Occupy Denver and The Right to the City

    Occupy Denver and The Right to the City

    I’m interested in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement for several reasons, not least how it relates to the idea of The Right to the City and what we might learn about using public space to secure such a right for […]

     
  • Calatrava Plan DOA at DIA

    Calatrava Plan DOA at DIA

    Well, not exactly dead on arrival, but close.   Almost from the start the great Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s designs for Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Project were assailed by critics  for disrespecting the original (and now iconic) Curtis Fentress design […]

     
  • Scenes from a Ciclovía

    Scenes from a Ciclovía

    Last Sunday (August 14) Denver held its first ciclovía, known locally as “Viva Streets.”  A two mile stretch of East 23rd Avenue in my neighborhood of Park Hill was closed to motor vehicles. For four hours bicyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, joggers, pedestrians […]

     
  • The University and The City

    The University and The City

    The University of Denver promises, in its vision statement, to be “a great private university dedicated to the public good.”  In 2006 a campus conference about the university’s relationship to the city provided an opportunity to explore ways that DU can partner […]