Two minutes on updating the American Dream, with Peter Calthorpe
Innovative architect and urban thinker Peter Calthorpe has directly and indirectly been a huge influence on the field of sustainable communities, particularly with respect to the very important subjects of smart regional thinking and transit-oriented development. His 1993 book The Next American Metropolis motivated yours truly to enter the field and should be required reading for everyone interested in the environment and cities. His latest is Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.
In this two-minute video, Peter summarizes as well as anyone why we must aspire to more sustainable communities. It was produced by the video communications platform genConnect. Enjoy:
- Can collaboration substitute for authority in solving regional problems? (May 1, 2012)
- The importance of regional planning that matters (August 12, 2011)
- So, if climate change were a hoax (which it isn't), then what? (July 15, 2011)
- Households in transit-oriented locations save more energy and emissions than even 'green' households in sprawl (February 24, 2011)
- The climate benefits of smart growth may be far greater than we have thought (December 16, 2009)
- CEOs for Cities’ Velocity: American Dream 2.0? (August 24, 2009)
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Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media. For more posts, see his blog's home page. Please also visit NRDC’s Sustainable Communities Video Channels.