Designing Better Places Video Presentation

Why do many towns and cities seem to have split personalities? The older areas, built before World War II, feel inviting. It’s possible to walk safely, the buildings are interesting to look at, and there are places where you’d like to sit and visit.  In contrast, the majority of places built in the past 60 years feel totally different.  Newer commercial areas are often accessible only by vehicle, and when you’re not inside a building, lingering doesn’t seem appealing.  This video strives to answer why this is, how it happened, and what can be done to create more successful and inviting places that people and cars can share.


All Presentations

All eight individual presentations have been compiled into a playlist so that you may view the entire presentation from beginning to end, or you may view them individually below.




Individual Presentations

  • Part One - In part one of Designing Better Places, we explain why we feel at ease in some places and not in others.

  • Part Two - In part two of Designing Better Places, we provide an explanation of common design terms and creating the feeling of being in an outdoor room.

  • Part Three - In part three of Designing Better Places, we discuss the architectural elements of buildings and how buildings used to be placed on streets so walking was enjoyable and safe.

  • Part Four - In part four of Designing Better Places, we discuss the shift from pedestrian scale to auto scale, and what that looks like.

  • Part Five - In part five of Designing Better Places, we discuss the changes that took place to buildings and streets after World War II that caused driving to become the prevailing way to get around.

  • Part Six - In part six of Designing Better Places, we offer examples of tools to design better places, and where they are being implemented.

  • Part Seven - In part seven of Designing Better Places, we discuss creating places in which people prefer to walk, and building streets that work for everyone, not just for people driving.

  • Part Eight - In this final part, part eight of Designing Better Places, we discuss why changing demographics, housing affordability, and health make it even more important to design better places.

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