photo from Ilene Watson article on design guidelines

An Introduction to Design Guidelines

…A growing number of cities and towns are using design guidelines to help preserve or reinforce the distinctive architectural character of certain areas or districts. Planner Ilene Watson explains what design guidelines are and…

sidewalk paving detail from Barcelona. photo by Wayne Senville

An Introduction to Urban Design

…city? Are the buildings and public spaces interesting to look at? Do you feel comfortable and secure? In this well-illustrated 7 page article, planner and landscape architect Ilene Watson provides an introduction to urban design…..

graphic illustration of flames from a fire

The Risk of Wildfire

Read an excerpt from this article below. You can download the full article by using the link at the end of the excerpt. … The threat of wildfire is increasing in North America….

D is for Design

D is for Design

…them. Editor’s Note: For more on this, see Ilene Watson‘s “An Introduction to Urban Design.” Planners also often deal with the design of the “streetscape.” This involves the careful construction of relationships between people and…

humorous photo of a dog listening

Listen!

Read an excerpt from this article below. You can download the full article by using the link at the end of the excerpt. Think of a time when you were talking to someone…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

Use the drop down menu above or the links below to learn about our primary contributing writers — both in the Planning Commissioners Journal and on the PlannersWeb. Michael Chandler — Elaine Cogan — Greg Dale — Laurence Gerckens Beth Humstone — Ed McMahon — Della Rucker — The Segedys — Kennedy … Continued