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    1. Selection of Austin Place Types
      Opticos’s Dan Parolek Will Speak in Austin as an Expert on LDC Updates

      Many of the country’s land development codes are outdated and overly complex. Last year the Austin City Council adopted a 30-year comprehensive plan to update and revise Austin’s LDC with the aim to create safe, modern, and well-maintained neighborhoods for … Continue reading

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      Reversing the Trend in America’s Post-Industrial Cities

      Can a Form-Based Code reverse the economic decline seen in many post-industrial cities? We think so! In a recent blog post on, Aaron M. Renn points to Cincinnati as a post-industrial city-to-watch, to see if public investment could turnaround … Continue reading

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    3. La Citta Balneare
      Tracing the History of the Original New Urbanist Town

      Architect Dhiru Thadani’s latest book about the planned town of Seaside, Florida, Visions of Seaside: Foundation, Evolution, Imagination, Built & Unbuilt Architecture, is a complete history of the town, from the project’s inception, to its planning, to projects that remain … Continue reading

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    4. City of Petaluma Waterfront Plaza
      Petaluma’s New SMART Station Master Plan and Code Receives Unanimous Approval

      On June 17, the Petaluma City Council voted unanimously to adopt a Master Plan and SmartCode written by Opticos, connecting the city’s new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Line (SMART) station with the downtown core of Petaluma, CA. A new urban … Continue reading

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    5. Austin Land Development Code SOQ Cover
      Opticos Awarded the Austin Comprehensive Land Development Code

      We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded the rewrite of the Austin Comprehensive Land Development Code. This project, spanning over the next couple years, is the final “priority project” of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, adopted … Continue reading

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    6. Hue aerial courtesy of Google Earth
      Stefan Pellegrini Leads Design Workshop in Huê´, Vietnam with UC Berkeley CED

      Next week I’m headed to Huê´, Vietnam, together with seven UC Berkeley students of the College of Environmental Design, to participate in a two-week design workshop.  The workshop, fondly titled “Sustainable Development of the Eco-Museum in the Huong River Valley … Continue reading

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