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      Taking Sides? With Walkability, There’s No Need

      As advocates of walkable, livable places, we’ve been involved in urban design discussions around the country and worldwide, observing, learning and understanding firsthand the key steps to successfully creating walkable places—and supporting existing ones. Form-Based Coding is a key tool … Continue reading

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      How to Get By-Right Zoning Right

      By-Right Zoning is getting a lot of buzz these days as a needed tool to help solve the affordable housing crisis many communities are facing. For those unfamiliar, a zoning code is considered “By-Right” if the approvals process is streamlined … Continue reading

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      Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital Wins APA International Planning Achievement Award

      We are thrilled to announce that one of our projects—Gabon, Africa’s Akanda Masterplan and SmartCode—is the recipient of the 2016 Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award given to groundbreaking international projects by the American Planning Association. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek reflects on the innovative effort … Continue reading

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      Opticos in Action: Plan Downtown Oakland

      This week, Opticos is in the middle of a 10-day charrette process in Oakland, California as part of a dynamite team led by Dover Kohl. We kicked off the program on Monday with a hands-on design workshop, and are currently … Continue reading

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      Opticos’s Cailin Shannon Demonstrates Her Superb Sketching Skills at ICAA Event

      Senior Designer Cailin Shannon honed her drawing skills as a classical architecture student at the University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Andrew F. Kervick Award for excellence in freehand drawing. In addition to her project management responsibilities, … Continue reading

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    6. my first Vallejo charrette megan reineccius
      My First Charrette: Four Days in Vallejo

      Opticos Design’s newest team member Megan Reineccius writes about what it was like to participate in her first charrette. When they told me we were going to work four 12-hour days in a row, I felt like I was being shipped … Continue reading

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    7. Vallejo charrette closing program with Stefan Pellegrini
      Visioning Charrette in Vallejo Focuses on Building Design

      Opticos Design was in Vallejo, CA, recently to host a multiday charrette that brought together business owners, property owners, and community members to refine the 2013 Corridor Design Plan’s vision and to establish a framework for the city’s Sonoma Boulevard … Continue reading

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    8. Austin Community Character
      Austin Community Character: Keeping it Weird

      The City of Austin, TX, prides itself on being weird. So much so, that the city’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” Entire news articles have been devoted to whether the city’s weirdness is on the decline. “There’s new weird … Continue reading

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      Austin’s Community Character Initiative Surpasses 100-Box Milestone

      Austin’s CodeNEXT team is excited to announce that more than 150 Austin residents have signed up to host a group to complete a Community Character in a Box kit. The project surpassed a milestone this week—122 kits have already been … Continue reading

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    10. DIY Community Character Documentation Launches in Austin
      DIY Community Character Documentation Launches in Austin

      The City of Austin is in the process of rewriting its land development code through an initiative called CodeNEXT and is calling upon Austenites to get involved. Residents are asked to help the CodeNEXT team to better understand the diverse character … Continue reading

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