Category Archive: Design

How Should Pasadena Grow? A Strong Towns Curbside Chat about “Productive” vs “Unproductive” Growth in American Cities


What are the financial realities facing America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods? The financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true… Continue reading

Guiding Architecture in Pasadena


Guiding Architecture in Pasadena

Pasadena’s quality of life and character are an inspiration to many and a key to the City’s future economic vitality. A delicate balance must be struck in providing a predictable, efficient development process with the need to preserve and enhance our City’s historic architecture and unique place.

What tools are available to guide new architecture toward achieving this balance?

John will discuss some approaches using examples–including several projects as they came in to and out of Pasadena’s design review process.

Save the Date #2: “Designing the Ditch” – Connecting Pasadena (CPP) Visioning Workshop


NEW STORIES.  50 years ago, the state seized a gigantic swath of valuable land in the center of Pasadena, and demolished thousands of people’s property in order to build the planned extension of… Continue reading

DPNA: 1st Draft of Parsons Project is too Suburban, Turns its Back on Fair Oaks, Skirts Regulations


 [UPDATE: As of Nov 2014, the plans for this project have been significantly improved to respond to our critique, below, which was echoed by a host of other Pasadena organizations and commissions.  We… Continue reading

DPNA convenes “Complete Streets Forum” in response to cyclist’s death


Complete Streets Advocacy Group is Formed An Action Plan for improving the safety and livability of our streets. On MONDAY, July 1st, the DPNA hosted a coalition of Pasadena organizations to discuss “Complete… Continue reading

Economic Vitality IS Quality of Life


Jobs (Economic Vitality) and Transportation (Walkability) are Big Issues at Candidate Forum The March 5th primary election is fast approaching that will likely decide who will represent District 3 on Pasadena’s City Council.… Continue reading

What is Form-Based Code?


Form-Based Code is an alternative to the type of zoning that Pasadena and most cities currently use. Form-Based Code is a way to pre-specify and pre-visualize the actual shapes–including styles, ingress/egress points, frontages,… Continue reading

Stefanos Polyzoides on “Form-Based Codes”


June 14th: Noted Architect & Urbanist to discuss ideas for a Livable Pasadena How do you envision the future of Downtown Pasadena? Thoughtful development that preserves and protects our historic, architectural, and cultural… Continue reading

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