urban design

November 20, 2021

A Potential Path Forward for Old Colorado City

Downtown is in the midst of a renaissance (See ‘Skyscraper’ points toward Springs Future)! But, it’s time to focus on the non-Downtown areas of Colorado Springs …

March 7, 2011

The Nexus of Smart Growth and Landscape Architecture

Olson Planning & Urban Landscapes celebrated one year of business this past week. It has been a tremendous year and great strides have been made in building a foundation of business for several years to come. I have been asked over this past year on a few occasions my ambitions...

August 19, 2010

A Closer Look at Multiway Boulevards for Colorado Springs

This is a generic multi-way boulevard illustrating the relationship between the faster moving traffic (center 4 lanes) and the local streets. Illustration by OlsonPlanning.com As you …

April 27, 2010

Landscape Urbanism: A critigue from a CNU Cardholder and Landscape Architect

Although I feel that landscape and the work of landscape architects is critical in creating great places, there is no substitute for great urbanity defined by the structures. There are instances that I have come across where the building, due to its initial intended use, do not allow some of the features of architecture to frame the street and give the vitality.

April 19, 2010

How to Avoid Master Plans that Collect Dust

Too often, written documents, or master plans tend to accumulate dust without being implemented. This can be a very frustrating process for the both the governing entity …

April 14, 2010

Parking Requirements and Regulations

Notice the lack of parking. Yes, this shopping center has failed. Parking is always a necessary evil for any successful development.  Whether it is a shopping center …

April 3, 2010

Another View of the Upcoming Community Garden

This is a birdseye view of the community garden and the proposed location.  The center rectangle is for a future structure to hold necessary tools and possibly …

March 30, 2010

Colorado Springs Form-Based Codes: 1st Submittal

Tomorrow we vote on our first submittal for the Downtown Review Board that is the governing body for warrants from the form-based code.  The project is an …

March 26, 2010

Country Club Plaza – Kansas City

Kansas City is a midwestern city that is very much known for its sprawl and highway system (prominent link between the two), however it is home to one …

March 22, 2010

Kansas City Tour 1: Park Place

I try to make it a point to tour neo-traditional neighborhoods or new urbanism influenced projects every trip that I take. This week, I am staying with …