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Design Guides

Our guides are progressive, purposeful and practical.

We show you how to think, not what to think.

NACTO's Urban Street Design Guide

NACTO's Urban Street Design Guide

Project manager and co-author.

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Planetizen's Top 10 Books of 2014.

“Unlike older, more conservative engineering manuals, this design guide emphasises the core principle that urban streets are public places and have a larger role to play in communities than solely being conduits for traffic.” —www.bookdepository.com

"It has been forty years since Americans first walked on the moon. Now indeed, focus has come to walking on US streets. This book is a much needed, very readable, and well-illustrated design guideline for all types of people-friendly streets. Well done." —Jan Gehl

Complete Streets Chicago

Complete Streets Chicago

Project manager and principal author.

The most innovative and progressive street design guide in North America.

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download AppendixA_CitywideTypologyStudy

download AppendixB_DesignTrees

download AppendixC_CrossSections

download AppendixD_Notebook

Flexible Design of New Jersey's Main Streets

Flexible Design of New Jersey's Main Streets

Co-author.

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“Through case studies and surveys, the study team discovered a burgeoning national movement away from strict reliance on highway design templates and toward flexible highway design, especially in the Northeastern and Northwestern United States. The movement seems rooted in the notion that the nation’s highways are essentially complete, and working with existing roadways will require special sensitivity to context.” —njbikeped.org

Safe Routes to Transit

Safe Routes to Transit

Author.

Guide focusing on pedestrian facilities leading to and at transit stops.

Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual

Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual

Street Design Elements chapter author.

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2013 Institute of Transportation Engineers Award for Best Program – the first time the award has been given to a non-US group.

From the jury: “The [USDM] is based on a strong vision of what the city should become…it is beautifully crafted, detailed and comprehensive, yet easily understandable.”

TOD Standard

TOD Standard

Contributing author.

from todstandard.org: “The TOD Standard 3.0 is an attempt to move from complete streets to complete communities. TOD, or transit-oriented development, means integrated urban places designed to bring people, activities, buildings, and public space together, with easy walking and cycling connection between them and near-excellent transit service to the rest of the city. It means inclusive access for all to local and citywide opportunities and resources by the most efficient and healthful combination of mobility modes, at the lowest financial and environmental cost, and with the highest resilience to disruptive events. Inclusive TOD is a necessary foundation for long-term sustainability, equity, and shared prosperity in cities.”

Our Cities Ourselves

Our Cities Ourselves

Contributing author.

“If you’re tired of narrow bike lanes and uninspiring concrete walkways, have no fear. The new global transport initiative, Our Cities Ourselves demonstrates how metropolises from Dar es Salaam to Buenos Aires can meet the challenges of accelerating population growth, as well as responding to climate change.” —Inhabitat